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Ok, I can order one cooler right now.. a Thermaltake Big Typhoon or a Zalman VF900. Since I can only order one, which should I get to overclock? What is higher priority and will help me get better benchmark scores? Im a gamer so I need good graphics .
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depends what you will oc most, i would probably invest in the cpu cooler though
    
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You would see the biggest increase from overclocking the CPU, so I would get a cooler for that.
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post #4 of 14
Overclocking the CPU will help your computer in general and will give you the power you need. I would definately go with that and save for the graphics card cooler.
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post #5 of 14
GPU, those 7900GT's run hot, even hotter when OC'ed.
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post #6 of 14
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my gpu runs at 49C idle and 66C full load

i can max out at 537/1.59ghz stable no artifacts.

i can max out cpu at 2.4hz without going over 50C on full load.
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post #7 of 14
hmm... I had the exact same card as that. The evga KO comes with a pretty good all copper heatsink as is, although noisy, I found a reseat with some AS5 dropped the temps by about 7'c on mine, which was just 2'c higher than with the VF900. I'd recommend that you invest in a good CPU cooler and do a reseat of the stock evga heatsink with some AS5, you should be getting idle temps of around 38'c or less. The only time you'll need to think about changing the HSF on that card is if you plan on volt modding it or if it is too noisy for your liking.

EDIT: BTW, you should be able to squeeze out at least 2.7Ghz out of that CPU with the BT, do you know what stepping it is?
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post #8 of 14
As with CPU's, your 7900GT will only run hotter if you do a volt mod to increase the voltage. In this case, the VF900 is necessay. If you're just gonna oc without increasing voltage, stock cooler is fine.
post #9 of 14
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nope, don't know what stepping is.

im at 2.5ghz stable atm 40C idle
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by NOS--- View Post
GPU, those 7900GT's run hot, even hotter when OC'ed.
Umm... G71s run crazy cool. At stock, mine loaded at like 58...

I say check your CPU stepping. If it's a good one, get the BT, if it's not a good one, overclock it a little bit, and voltmod your 7900GT with a VF900 on it.
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