TwistedKestrel wrote:-4 GHz? You can probably do that with aforementioned stock cooler. With a closed loop water cooler, you can aim for 4.3-4.7. Maybe? I'll be honest, I don't know how well the i7 overclocks, but Sandy Bridge was the one that overclocked like no tomorrow.
-Big massive cooler roundup here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7738/clos ... id-coolers
-Most/all of these coolers come with their own TIM/thermal paste pre-applied, and generally the ones they use are quite good
For reference I use a i5-2500K @ 4.4, with a Hyper 212 EVO (air cooler).
Melvar wrote:I don't really have any experience with automatic overclocking myself, but what I've always heard is that it almost always applies a lot more voltage than is needed, and that makes the processor run a lot hotter at any given clock speed.
Have you tried just setting the clocks to 4GHz manually without increasing the voltage?
MadManOriginal wrote:Your problem is letting the board auto-overclock determine the settings. Not that the stock cooler will definitely suffice, but auto-overclock settings always put the voltage higher than it needs to be thus increasing temperatures more than they need to be. A good, not necessarily expensive air cooler like a Coolermaster Hyper 212 (which used to be available very cheap with MIRs all the time) will certainly help a lot, but if you want to overclock right, you need to learn about the various settings and do some trial and error testing.
vargis14 wrote:Grab yourself a white box Sound Blaster X. I am using one now and it is a fine sound card...cost around $69 if you want the EMI sheild around $100
I have yet to see a Review comparing the SB X vs the ASUS Zonar DSX.
MadManOriginal wrote:Feel free to get an all-in-one water cooler if you want, but imo good 120mm fan tower heatsinks provide a better value and often a lower max noise level. The dual fan all-in-ones make sense for heavy duty cooling, and the single fan ones for systems where a tower cooler won't fit, otherwise they are a compromise in one way or another versus tower coolers (but I kind of care about how loud my PC is, even when loaded.)
Starfalcon wrote:Yeah Ive been pretty happy with my CM Hyper 212 EVO lets me run my Ivy i7-3770K at a nice stable 4.3. I am replacing the stock fan on it with a noctua fan that runs faster and quieter to see if I can get any more out of it.