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Shall I just pick up another Tri Cool 120mm for an extra $20? I don't mind paying little extra to get things done the right way... Also I did read that having a BCLK at an odd number seems to work better so I believe you with 21 BCLK settings on the i7's...
You could save yourself $20 if you have the H70 mounted as exhaust.
Use both the rear Tri-Cools on the H70 and use one of the H70's stock fans as case exhaust.
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I know the answer most of you all will give me already; given the sites name...
But with my current setup, I like to game, learning Adobe CS5, and do video conversions (for my iPad)...
I am wondering if it's worth overclocking my processor since everything in my system is stock... I have been reading over and over on how to overclock and the benefits (making this $650 processer faster than a $1000 processor) but is it really worth it?
My goal that I had in mind would be 4GHZ and reading into all the coolers, I am leaning towards the Corsair H70 (and see most people with a custom WC setup would criticize this) but I am new and there would be no maintenance required and seems to fit right in my Antec 1200 case...
I saw the benchmarks in gaming and was not impressed with the overclock (like 5FPS more in MAX frames)... and know that with all 6 cores being used, everything would be a significant difference...
A reason I have not overclocked yet is because of instability... which I hate... I wouldn't want my computer to walk on egg shells crashing in the middle of my favorite game...
Is it worth it? shall I give it a try... I know right now that I hate the stock i7 970 cooler in performance mode as it sounds like a leaf blower...
Suggestions and critiques are welcomed...
Look, here is the idea behind overclocking.

Take the core 2 quad Q9450 (my cpu). It has a clock of 2.66 ghz and is a quad core. When I bought it, it was maybe 200 dollars I believe (this was more then 3 years ago so may be a little off).

Now, take a look at the core 2 quad Q9650, it is practically then exact same except for the fact that it's clock is 3.2 ghz. At the time it was priced at 500 dollars.

Now, I can either spend an extra 300 dollars for 3.2 ghz. Or I can spend an extra 240 dollars for a pretty good watercooling loop and get a speed of 3.4 ghz. That price difference is an even bigger deal if you actually own the cpu you are interested in overclocking, because my assumption above with the 300 dollars for the Q9650 is assuming I could sell a used Q9450 for 100% of the original price which is pretty much impossible.

That's one of the two biggest reasons why you would want to overclock. Because you can spend less money to achieve a higher clock speed rather then upgrading to a better CPU.
    
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I recommend you give it a shot.
Overclocking can be both fun and frustrating.. but it's the kind of frustration that makes you want to try even harder to get it right.
The advantages of overclocking can rarely be seen with gaming, unless playing a game that pushes the CPU such as Grand Theft Auto IV. You'll definitely notice the extra clock speed when it comes to working in Photoshop with high resolution images and when converting video though.

As for aftermarket cooling, I recommend you get either the Noctua D-14 or the Thermalright Silver Arrow, whichever you can get a better deal on. Both beat out the H70 in various tests.
For what it's worth, I personally have my computer right next to me on my desk and the Silver Arrow is on full blast. I have pretty sensitive hearing and it doesn't bother me one bit.

Stability is not an issue if you use the proper software to test your overclock prior to using it 24/7.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...w_5.html#sect1

I am liking the results I see for this Silver Arrow cooler... And checking on the H70, it looks like a PITA to install on my case... Decisions... Decisions...
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http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...w_5.html#sect1

I am liking the results I see for this Silver Arrow cooler... And checking on the H70, it looks like a PITA to install on my case... Decisions... Decisions...
The H70 isn't so hard, really .. But you may have to remove your motherboard form the case.
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http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...w_5.html#sect1

I am liking the results I see for this Silver Arrow cooler... And checking on the H70, it looks like a PITA to install on my case... Decisions... Decisions...
The only reason I never recommend the H70, or similar closed-loop water coolers, is because I'm worried about the eventual evaporation of the liquid.
There's absolutely no way an H70 will last through more builds than a solid heatsink with a pair of high-quality fans.
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I personally don't like the way the fan colors look on both the Noctua and Thermalright even though I know they are top notch and quiet... but how are they supposed to match ANY case with that ugly color? Is it just me or am I THAT picky? I was hoping to keep a color scheme with my system at least...
Now is between the Silver Arrow but i'll lose my side FAN to cool the GPU's and lose my color scheme and have a BIG nuclear reactor cooler...
Or the H70, mounted to the top front tri-cool fan pushing air in to the radiator from the outside with another tri cool fan pulling, saving space and looking descent...
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I have the same case and am going for a similar color scheme. I think the Thermalright Silver Arrow works.



I took this picture a few months back and have since made quite few changes (much better wire management, U-channel molding around window, etc) but you get the idea.
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