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I know they run cool even at 4.4-4.6 on air.. but i live in South East Asia... Ambient temps average 30-32C in a day(24hrs).

Should i buy a backplate for my LGA1155 board to install my waterblock or purchase a heatsink? Such as the Noctua D14. I can reuse the watercooling equipment for a spare rig in future so no worries about throwing the stuff away. I just dont want to buy an air cooler and switch back to water after realising temps are too hot.. If im aiming for a decent OC to about 4.6ghz-4.8ghz(if possible).. you guys think i should stick to air or water?
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Sounds like you're ready for water, so do it and let there be no doubts.

I keep my house ~73F in the summer and my chip hits low 70C. 4.5 @ 1.322v

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Do you only have to purchase the backplate? Seems a no brainer to me then as that'll be less expensive than a new air cooler. Buying an entire WC setup though, imo, is not worth it when pretty much every chip can hit 4.5 Ghz at around 1.3V. Max load temps at those settings are around 60C with a 212+. That leaves easily 10+ degrees of headroom to go higher.
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Go with air.
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Yeap! Im on LGA775 now so all i need is to order the backplate. I was wondering since these chips are much cooler than the C2Q era.. why go through the trouble of assembling the wc equipment/priming the loop/leak testing.. when you can slap on the huge metal tower and presto!
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An H70 in P/P would do good for you. My house stays between 78-80 and my load temps are only 55-63c depending on which core.
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post #7 of 11
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Yeap! Im on LGA775 now so all i need is to order the backplate. I was wondering since these chips are much cooler than the C2Q era.. why go through the trouble of assembling the wc equipment/priming the loop/leak testing.. when you can slap on the huge metal tower and presto!
Well if you already have the gear you might as well. It's really not necessary for solid OCs but you'll be saving money.
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its 3am in the morning here and its 32 degrees celsius outside.. not to mention 80%-90% humidity. To those who own SB processors.. what kinda load temps should i be looking with a 4.5ghz overclock?

Im really open to suggestions be it go with a new heatsink or stick to water since i have the equipment.. i wanna hear what you folks have in mind! My WC gear can be used to cool my C2D in a separate rig.
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its 3am in the morning here and its 32 degrees celsius outside.. not to mention 80%-90% humidity. To those who own SB processors.. what kinda load temps should i be looking with a 4.5ghz overclock?

Im really open to suggestions be it go with a new heatsink or stick to water since i have the equipment.. i wanna hear what you folks have in mind! My WC gear can be used to cool my C2D in a separate rig.
With good air cooling and depending on the voltage, that would probably run around 65-70C in general high load situations and 75-80 on IBT.
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Yeap! Im on LGA775 now so all i need is to order the backplate. I was wondering since these chips are much cooler than the C2Q era.. why go through the trouble of assembling the wc equipment/priming the loop/leak testing.. when you can slap on the huge metal tower and presto!
Same reason as previous gens, for higher overclocks at lower temps.

Nobody really knows what voltage/temps/clocks these chips start to degrade. Personally I'd rather run 4.8GHz sub 60C, than 4.5Ghz at 60C or higher. I probably wouldn't have bought a custom kit for my i5, but since I already had a loop, using it seem logical to use it.
    
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