Originally Posted by Duality92
If I lower the OC (BCLK) to...hmmm...let's say 160 instead of 172 (to get 1600 Mhz for my ram) it'll be better, but should I lower it even more? I'm not going lower than 150 for 3 Ghz though
I would be more worried if you have overvolted your CPU in any way. Increasing BCLK on itself doesn't increase power usage a lot, but to stabilize a higher BCLK (and a higher CPU clock) you do need to add more volts to stabilize it, either to the QPI/VTT and/or the CPU Vcore. Power consumption (and load on the VRMs) increases linearly when you increase the frequency only, but if you increase the voltage the power consumption increases exponentially. Hell, my own i3-550, when running at anything over 4.6 GHz eats over 160w, way above the 73w rating it has at stock speeds, and remember it is a dual-core CPU which is made on a 32 nm process, which is less power hungry than the 45 nm process all the i5's/i7's were made of.
But yeah, decreasing speeds (and voltage) will help on decreasing the load on the VRM while you can take measures to cool it better or get a better mobo.
Originally Posted by MrBlunt
highlighter ink will eventually turn brown, and also some types stain waterblocks. Why not just get some dye from a good watercooling company? and by glycol i assume you are going to use automotive coolant, i would highly suggest against. Not only is it poisonous to people and animals, it is just not designed for pc usage. Stop skipping vital steps. A GREAT coolant choice is definately one of the more important choices in watercooling. wrong choice long term can cause gunk buildup, staining, or even corrosion. You never know how highlighter ink will react with a certain chemical in coolant after a long time of use.. so like i keep saying.. use the stuff thats made for it, dont improvise the essentials.
I agree with this too, if you want color on the tubes either get a real coolant liquid, or just get colored tubing.