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I'll try to keep this as coherent as possible. I have an i7-950 that I would like to overclock. I currently use a Thermalright Silver Arrow, but for numerous reasons, I am not happy with it. I can only fit one fan on it, for one thing. I would like to switch to a Corsair H60 for a few reasons:

1)Much smaller
2)Quieter and cooler than the H50
3)Less costly than the Kuhler 920
4)I can use two fans with it
5)Mounting seems really easy and makes great contact each time, one of my pet peeves.

But that leads me to my questions about the H60 and how it relates to my purposes. Here are my questions

1) How much worse temps am I potentially looking at with an i7-950 oc of maybe 3.7ghz compared to my single-fan Silver Arrow?
2) I am planning on getting two san ace's for the H60 rad. Is there some way I can use a simple resistor or zalman fanmate to control them? I don't think the San Ace is a pwm fan.
3) Partly related to #2, would a case like the Corsair 650D with an integrated fan controller serve my purposes well?
4) Importantly, how high could I comfortably overclock my i7-950 for gaming without getting higher temps. Not TOO high, but high-er. I like things to run cool, so if the H60 isn't going to cut it, I need to know.

Thanks for any help related to this problem!
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Well I do believe that the H60 will get you a better OC than any air cooler.
Edited by Timlander - 5/23/11 at 12:39pm
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I think you'll get 4GHz comfortably, depends on your ambients of course but with two of those fans on it...


even if they're not PWM fans, you can still control them via PWM but you'd need a fan controller of some description to do that.


You could get a new case for it, but I think you might as well just get a small fan controller. If you don't want anything showing, you could get an internal one instead of a bay mounted one.


As a side note. You could use a variable resistor to control them probably, but it really isn't the best way to do it.
    
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By internal controller, do you mean like the zalman fanmate? Thanks for the replies.
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I had been thinking more along the lines of this:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/mcube...fan-controller

But the fanmate looks like it would perform fine too.
    
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[QE=Timlander;13609971]Well I do believe that the H60 will get you a better OC than any air cooler.[/QUOTE]

Pretty sure the big boy "air coolers" (in quotes because IMO closed loops are air cooling) still come out ahead.
    
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[QE=Timlander;13609971]Well I do believe that the H60 will get you a better OC than any air cooler.
Pretty sure the big boy "air coolers" (in quotes because IMO closed loops are air cooling) still come out ahead.[/QUOTE]

Oops, well, I already ordered the H60. We'll see how it goes.
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Quote:
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Pretty sure the big boy "air coolers" (in quotes because IMO closed loops are air cooling) still come out ahead.

Oops, well, I already ordered the H60. We'll see how it goes.
I don't think you'll regret it.

Just mentioned this in another thread and a guy pointed out there are a huge number of drawbacks with high end air compared to sealed water units.



And anyway. if you slushbox your rad, I've seen sub zero cooling from a corsair unit


Slappa and his H50 with some -15oC air:


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High end air coolers are still better, ie D14 but the H60 should be fine.
    
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I will comment on this as I have been using the h60 for about a week now.
Depending on your case and rear fan mount will determine how difficult it is to install but other than that installation is a breeze.
As far as temps go with the H60. With my experience idle temps are going to vary depending on your room's ambient temps. On a 2500k @ 4.0Ghz I range anywhere from idle 25c -34c and 100% load I have not seen go over 47c using prime95. You may not be initially impressed by idle temps but load seems to be where the h60 shines.
Try using realtemp or coretemp rather than sometimes inaccurate mother board software. However I think you will be fine even to 4ghz without worry.
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