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is there anything to be gained by using motherboard blocks? same applies for RAM.
i have an Asrock z77 extreme4-m
also, where can i get a vrm cooler for my 7950 PCS+ (i have an xspc raystorm block)
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It's mostly just for looks

Technically you could have a case with absolutely no airflow (not even passive airflow) without overheating I guess... but that is a super nitch application.
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is there anything to be gained by using motherboard blocks? same applies for RAM.
i have an Asrock z77 extreme4-m
also, where can i get a vrm cooler for my 7950 PCS+ (i have an xspc raystorm block)

If you have a really powerful overclock you need proper cooling on your motherboard or it will fail.


Also, waterblock on your ram? It depends on your RAM. If you have RAM with speeds exceeding 1600MHz then it definitely does help. Really fast ram puts out a LOT of heat. While it doesn't necessarily increase RAM performance, it can decrease ambient temp by quite a bit.
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Also, waterblock on your ram? It depends on your RAM. If you have RAM with speeds exceeding 1600MHz then it definitely does help. Really fast ram puts out a LOT of heat. While it doesn't necessarily increase RAM performance, it can decrease ambient temp by quite a bit.

ok, thanks. i have two generic ram heatsinks coming off ebay. hopefully they are enough.
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95% looks, 5% performance. Worth it for the looks alone if you can afford it imo
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ok, thanks. i have two generic ram heatsinks coming off ebay. hopefully they are enough.

Generic RAM generally runs at 1333MHz

waterblocks for those would be 100% looks, as what little heat the do create wouldn't effect ambient temps much
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Generic RAM generally runs at 1333MHz

waterblocks for those would be 100% looks, as what little heat the do create wouldn't effect ambient temps much
i'm only getting new heatsinks, the blue of my corsair kit doesn't fit with my case.
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Even 2400mhz RAM doesn't really benefit from a waterblock (unless you're trying to get DDR2, or some very old elpida hypers to those speeds with tight timings). Modern RAM just doesn't generate much heat. Some of the best sticks (Samsung "wonder ram" for instance) don't even come with heat spreaders any more.

Meanwhile, MOBO chipsets are doing less and less heavy lifting. Every generation more of what traditionally used to be part of the mobo is being moved onto the CPU package. Northbridges pretty much no longer even exist as we knew them just 5 years ago. As the chipsets get smaller and do less work, they also generate less heat.

In both cases, a little ambient airflow is more than enough for all but the most extreme overclocks. Liquid cooling anything other than a GPU or CPU these days is purely for looks, or for very rare nitch applications (like building an entire computer into a non-ventilated enclosure with a remote radiator for whatever reason)
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