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So unfortunately it does not look like my pump for my watercooling will not be making it back in time for the October foldathon. This is my first foldathon and since I have recently acquired my Asus Mars II I would like to put it to use. I would also like to fold on my i7...however the only cooler I have available since my watercooling is down is my Intel stock cooler.

Does anyone have any experience folding with a stock cooler? Does it even work without getting ridiculously loud?

Leading to the main question, I have some AP-15s strapped on my radiators that I could take off temporarily... Could I do anything that would be actually effective using the stock cooler and some AP-15s? Like replacing the fan altogether, or doing some sort of push/pull setup or?
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well, the stock cooler will do fine on a non-overclocked cpu
would not recomend 24/7 folding though....

say 14-18 on 6 off
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I really don't think that is a good idea since the stock cooler gets pretty hot at stock clocks so at 4.2GHz its not going to be pretty regardless of how loud it is. Even with the AP-15s the limiting factor is radiator area. thats why hardcore air coolers like the NH-D14 and the silver arrow have two 130mm Rads on them. I would recommend you get a hyper 212+ in the mean time. they are rather inexpensive but work quite well especially with AP-15s.
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Yeah I would definitely be clocking it back down to stock speeds *tear* stock cooler failll.

Maybe I'll just make a trip to Frys real quick tonight... has anyone bought and returned stuff to them? If I need to buy something I may as well just pick up an H80 or something that'll keep good temps. I'm kind of tempted to just use it for like the next 4 or 5 days or until my pump gets here, then return it... >.>

Is that to unethical? Lawl.
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Yeah I would definitely be clocking it back down to stock speeds *tear* stock cooler failll.

Maybe I'll just make a trip to Frys real quick tonight... has anyone bought and returned stuff to them? If I need to buy something I may as well just pick up an H80 or something that'll keep good temps. I'm kind of tempted to just use it for like the next 4 or 5 days or until my pump gets here, then return it... >.>

Is that to unethical? Lawl.
I would consider that a form of theft, since they could never sell the item as new again. I'd recommend downclocking below stock, and simply run at whatever speed your stock cooling will support. Remember that the least of our modern computers would have been considered supercomputers back in the days of the Apple II. Also - doesn't your machine do most of it's folding with its gpu?
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Or considering a used Hyper 212+ goes for $20 shipped and you can sell it for that price after you have used it for what you need it for and only lose like $10 on shipping, I dont see why that route would be such an inconvenience. But if your ethical compass allows you to buy, use, and return then by all means go for it. Just my .02
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+1 for using the term "ethical compass"

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I wouldn't recommend going to Fry's and buying an All in One liquid cooling unit for the sole purpose of returning it in a few days. Go there and buy a decent air cooler, use it and return that. That way there isn't any loss of performance if they try to resell the cooler. With an H80, you are wasting the stock thermal paste and you are putting wear on the pump and you are also getting a very miniscule amount of air in the coolant. With an air cooler, all you are doing is spinning the fans for a few days. I live by a Microcenter and if I was in that situation, I would go there and buy a V6GT for $40 and return it a couple days later. That would be much easier for them to resell as an open box item than an H80 would. My .02¢
    
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Go to the local store and pick up something cheap like a CM 212+. If you're lucky, you'll get it for $20 and it'll give you the performance for at least a mild OC without deafening yourself.

And I'm with ehume on the ethics thing.
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At least scrape the junk they apply off and use a good paste. I'd just run the stock cooler and suck it up. Don't cause fry's to have to deal with used stuff.

Fold for the cure, but act like a cancer to legit warranty returns??
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