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hey, following my previous thread, I want to overclock my i7-930. currently I have a hyper 212 with 2 fans, in and out config. when I bought it, I overclocked to test, and I reached stable 4.0ghz. did 4.2, but it got a little too hot, so went back, and kept 4.0 for a while. but then summer came, and that was no longer an option.

I had a gtx 260 that used to work just fine, but eventually started getting so hot I had to leave my case open and put a house fan pointing direcly to the gpu if I wanted to game. cpu wasn't oc'd. eventually it fried for some reason, I even reapplied thermal paste, but nothing helped, it started reaching max temp and freeze the whole system so I had to restart. so I got a gtx 660 wich I still have.

right now I still get high temperatures. if I don't keep AC on, my pc will get the whole room hot as hell. cpu isn't overclocked, so it's probably the gpu, but it's too hot even on Idle, even with 2 case fans blowing air in and 1 blowing out. I'm not on my pc right now to provide a temperature log, but it sure is too hot to overclock.

one thing that contributes to this, is that I have a crappy generic gamer case, it has small intake with inaccesible grills, accumulates a lot of dust in about every hole or space that dust can get through, has no filters so it's hard to clean and won't keep the dust from getting inside and spreading to all fans and radiators, so yeah, it's bad. it looks exactly like this:


but still with everything clean, average room temperature, it's not ideal to overclock. I think it's pretty obvious I need to get a new case, but how about cooling? do I need water cooler to keep temp decent @ 4.0ghz? any case/cooling system recommendations? It's worth mentioning I'm planning to upgrade my gpu to a gtx 970 or 980
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Water will be the best for X58 but not necessary to maintain 4GHz. Something better than a 212 and there are. Plenty. Also get a good thermal paste. MX-4 will work.

At 4GHz, it should handle the 980 fine. $250 is max I'll pay for a 4GB card, though.

Edit: as for the case, only thing you can do is leave the side panel off.
Edited by rdr09 - 2/10/16 at 9:32am
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It might be time to redo the thermal paste on the cooler if it's a few years old.

Also, get a new case.
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actually I redo it quite often, about everytime I clean the dust off. I use a thermal paste from evga

but I'm planning to change my case, just need to find something appropriate.

as for water cooling, I was thinking of getting the corsair h75, is that too much?
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What are your voltages set too? The higher your volts the more heat you will have.

My 930 has been rock solid at 4ghz. for better than 3 years, it has never gone over 58C. using 1.28 volts (I think that is where I left it) I have kept it cool with a GTX 360 radiator and an EK Supreme HF gold plated water block. My case is a POS Kingwin with the radiator mounted on posts on top of the case, it ain't pretty but it works
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