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So I'm in the process of building a new rig. (waiting for everything to arrive in the mail from Newegg) But anyways I'm interested in overclocking and it'll be my first ever solo build and first ever overclock.
Any who, these are the key components involved below, or you can check my signature.
NZXT Phantom 410 Mid tower
NZXT Air flow Series120mm case fan x4
NZXT Air flow series 140mm case fan x3
NZXT Havik-140 CPU Heat sink & Fans
Intel i7-3770k Ivy Bridge 3.5Ghz
ASRock Z77 Professional LGA 1155 Intel ATX Motherboard

As for any other component listing just check my signature. And as stated above I haven't received this stuff via shipping service yet, but it'll all be here between Tuesday - Friday. I just want to get a heads up on what to expect performance wise and know my limits as I'm new to all this. Been reading a lot of guides and tutorials though to learn as much as I can before hand. But anyways, hows this setup look for overclocking on an air cooled setup obviously. This rig will mainly be used for gaming, digital vector art, web browsing, and maybe some video editing. My goal if possible is 4Ghz - 4.4Ghz overclock on the CPU, and I don't plan on overclocking my GPU or Memory just the CPU for now.
OC Guide I'm using: Link
And I've thoroughly studied/watched the Newegg assembly video tutorial for all the components. Link
Also before I even touch any components I do plan on picking up an anti-static wrist guard from Radio Shack here soon, as well as a couple cans of compressed air for future cleaning/dusting.
I live in Phoenix, Oregon and because I'm in a dry valley we tend to have a lot of static here. (Shock my cat every time I pet him lol)

Thanks ahead of time for the help, as I'm fairly inexperienced. Got the common sense, just lack the hands on experience..
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post #2 of 12
I would say you have cooling for the CPU pretty well covered.
A few suggestions...
- Use more intakes than exhausts, if possible, as positive pressure setups tend to be much less hassle to cool than negative pressure
- Use good TIM (Prolimatech PK1 is my favorite), but remember that you will ultimately be limited by the CPU Die TIM used by Intel, unless you de-lid (with this being your first build, I would recommend getting some more experience under your belt).
- Remove any unneeded hard drive cages and holders, as well as all or even just every other PCI Slot Cover; the former will allow for better airflow into the case by removing airflow restrictions, while the latterwill provide an air ooutlet which your positive pressure setup will utilize to remove any built up hot air around the graphics card

Otherwise, I would actually recommend overclocking your memory if you are overclocking your CPU, as the performance of the two will scale with one another. I would recommend something like 2133 10-11-10-28 for an easy but beneficial overclock. This is especially important for things like video editing, where faster memory has a very tangible effect.

Regarding overclocking your GPU, it's actually the easiest thing to overclock (it's done in Windows via software), and will provide by far the biggest gains.
A combination of the 3, CPU+RAM+GPU, overclocked to typical levels, can give you as much as a 20-25percent performance increase in games, some less, some more. You have the cooling, so I don't see why not?

Best of luck on your build, take your time, and I am sure that you will enjoy!
   
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Thanks for the advice! I have but one question, should I really invest in better TIM and wait a few more days, or should the TIM that comes with my NZXT Havik be good enough? also If I do go with an aftermarket TIM its best to go with an aluminum based compound vs a silver based one right? (Just in case of a leak over the CPU, since aluminum is non conductive)

I had a few other people on some gaming forums suggest getting aftermarket TIM as well. As for the fan setup thanks for giving me direct feedback on going with positive pressure, I went and read a topic detailing negative vs positive pressure cooling to further my understanding. So I'll probably make sure it gets 10-15% more intake vs exhaust. Though i was wondering if it would be best to match the intake and exhaust to provide an equilibrium between the two I.E. 50% intake & 50% exhaust if it were achievable.

Any who thanks for the reply, I'll continue reading up on as much documentation as I can find.
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Everything is fine, it's more cooling than you would ever need with your components. I run hotter components with decent temps and less airflow thumb.gif
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Hehe just being cautious, as I don't want to accidentally damage anything due to inexperience. Better to be prepared and well informed, then to be in the dark. (Learned a lot in Boy Scouts as a kid lol)

Any who I did about 2 months of research and reading on how every component effects the PC and how they all work together. I've memorized most of the do and don't protocols for building a PC. But its always nice to pool on the knowledge of those more experienced, so I don't make any first timer mistakes. Knowledge is worthless without the wisdom and experience to back it.
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You remind me of myself in regards to the whole "research until I know it up side down, backwards, and inside out" thing wink.gif

Regarding the TIM...
Aluminum itself, the metal, is very much conductive, so you generally can't determine the conductivity of a paste by its advertised ingredients. The paste that I have had the best luck with by far is Prolimatech PK1. Looking at charts you will find a few that have tested better, but I have personally gotten the best temps from PK1, and I use it for my CPU +GPU (as well as the CPU's and GPU's in my other PC's). The TIMs like Liquid Metal Ultra/Pro and such are something I'd recommend you avoid for now, as they are very finicky things (and extremely electrically conductive).
Prolimatech PK3, the newest version of the lineup, is supposed to be superior to PK1 in both performance and ease of use, althoughiI havennot used it myself. Considering how easy PK1 is to apply, I would recommend getting whichever is less expensive, as the CPU Die TIM is going to be the bottleneck long before the TIM on the IHS is.
Either one will be better than the included TIM, and is worth the $7-10 many times over.

I don't know if you intend to use the single included fan with the heatsink or not, but you can gain a few degrees drop by either adding a second fan ffor push-pull, or using two more powerful fans. A few good options would be: Bgears Blasters 140mm, Thermalright TY-143, SilverstoneFHP-141 140x38mm , or theNZXT FX140 fans . Static pressure is the most important thing to look for in a heatsink fan. If you do go push-pull, I recommend either using the same type of fan for therear exhaust, or cucutting out the case exhaust fan "grill" and not using a rear exhaust fan at all. The reason is that if your HSF is pushing more air than the exhaust fan, you will end up with hot air trapped in between and unable to escape the case quickly.

Another thing that is worth some cooling attention is the motherboard MOSFET/VRM area, as they can get quite hot and the typical airflow setup only cools them passively. The easiest and cheapest way to cool them is to simply strap a smaller fan over the VRM heatsink, and havingdirected aairflow. It's not the prettiest solution, but it's definitely effective.
Another option is to mount a thin fan between the motherboard and the rear case panel and have it blowing onto the rear of the CPU socket. This is typicallyworth a ffew degrees, and I know that with motherboards like mine (Rampage 4 Extreme), it will prevent thermal throttling. I don't know if this is as necessary with your motherboard, but it can't hurt.

I hope some of this is helpful, and I am happy to help in any other way I can.
   
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post #7 of 12
You remind me of myself in regards to the whole "research until I know it up side down, backwards, and inside out" thing wink.gif

Regarding the TIM...
Aluminum itself, the metal, is very much conductive, so you generally can't determine the conductivity of a paste by its advertised ingredients. The paste that I have had the best luck with by far is Prolimatech PK1. Looking at charts you will find a few that have tested better, but I have personally gotten the best temps from PK1, and I use it for my CPU +GPU (as well as the CPU's and GPU's in my other PC's). The TIMs like Liquid Metal Ultra/Pro and such are something I'd recommend you avoid for now, as they are very finicky things (and extremely electrically conductive).
Prolimatech PK3, the newest version of the lineup, is supposed to be superior to PK1 in both performance and ease of use, althoughiI havennot used it myself. Considering how easy PK1 is to apply, I would recommend getting whichever is less expensive, as the CPU Die TIM is going to be the bottleneck long before the TIM on the IHS is.
Either one will be better than the included TIM, and is worth the $7-10 many times over.

I don't know if you intend to use the single included fan with the heatsink or not, but you can gain a few degrees drop by either adding a second fan ffor push-pull, or using two more powerful fans. A few good options would be: Bgears Blasters 140mm, Thermalright TY-143, SilverstoneFHP-141 140x38mm , or theNZXT FX140 fans . Static pressure is the most important thing to look for in a heatsink fan. If you do go push-pull, I recommend either using the same type of fan for therear exhaust, or cucutting out the case exhaust fan "grill" and not using a rear exhaust fan at all. The reason is that if your HSF is pushing more air than the exhaust fan, you will end up with hot air trapped in between and unable to escape the case quickly.

Another thing that is worth some cooling attention is the motherboard MOSFET/VRM area, as they can get quite hot and the typical airflow setup only cools them passively. The easiest and cheapest way to cool them is to simply strap a smaller fan over the VRM heatsink, and havingdirected aairflow. It's not the prettiest solution, but it's definitely effective.
Another option is to mount a thin fan between the motherboard and the rear case panel and have it blowing onto the rear of the CPU socket. This is typicallyworth a ffew degrees, and I know that with motherboards like mine (Rampage 4 Extreme), it will prevent thermal throttling. I don't know if this is as necessary with your motherboard, but it can't hurt.

I hope some of this is helpful, and I am happy to help in any other way I can.
   
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LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
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I was just commenting on the components smile.gif There is no need to worry about your airflow using that many fans, just keep an eye on your temperatures.
I personally wouldnt get the Phantom 410 though. For the same price you could get the (imo) much better Fractal Define R4 or Fractal Arc Midi R2.
Edited by Elohim - 2/19/13 at 3:09pm
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What Elohim says. I also run half the fans you have listed in an older Fractal Design R2 slightly modified to use 140mm front fans instead of stock 120mm with bottom and back vent grills removed. R4 and Arc Midi R2 both use 140mm.

If you hurry you can order Arc Midi from Walmart for $19.99 + post. The have a mix-up at the moment. Normally about $100+
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fractal-Design-Arc-Midi-Computer-Case-with-Window-and-Side-Panel/23261989
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If you hurry you can order Arc Midi from Walmart for $19.99 + post. The have a mix-up at the moment. Normally about $100+
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Fractal-Design-Arc-Midi-Computer-Case-with-Window-and-Side-Panel/23261989

Sold out hours ago and it seems it was only for the side panel. Strange

See this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1362440/walmart-arc-midi-r2-19-99
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