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I have an EVGA 650i Ultra mobo and dont know which heatsink would be better to use. The stock heatsink is large but aluminum. The Vantec is much smaller but copper. Should I replace the stock with the copper?
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Copper's a way better alternative. Not familiar with that motherboard, but just make sure the aftermarket cooler will clear everything - video card, CPU cooler, etc.

Oh, and consider lapping the copper cooler if you get it. Fun, and effective.
    
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I would get the TT Extreme Spirit II before the Vantec.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835116018

I am at 43c with 1.65 on the NB. Its a high quality chipset cooler.
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I would get the TT Extreme Spirit II before the Vantec.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835116018

I am at 43c with 1.65 on the NB. Its a high quality chipset cooler.
Wish I could fit the Spirit II on my mobo. :|
Not quite sure it'd clear my vid cards, though.
    
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Wish I could fit the Spirit II on my mobo. :|
Not quite sure it'd clear my vid cards, though.
It's actually smaller than it looks. Order it and if it doesn't work sell it here.

It's worth the money.
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thanks I guess I should get one. what does a better NB cooler do for oc-ing? gives more stability?
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thanks I guess I should get one. what does a better NB cooler do for oc-ing? gives more stability?
When you start reaching higher fsb speeds, since the NB controls the frequency, you'll need to add voltage to stabilize the OC.

It helps tremendously.
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thanks I guess I should get one. what does a better NB cooler do for oc-ing? gives more stability?
When you OC and pump up your FSB, you'll need to increase voltage to your NB. That increased voltage = more heat. Better NB cooling = essentially a better OC you may be able to push w/out burning up your chipset.
    
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when do u pump up the NB volts? when pumping up the vcore stops helping?
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when do u pump up the NB volts? when pumping up the vcore stops helping?
Not necessarily. Upping the vcore a little bit is one of the first few steps of overclocking. You then would theoretically proceed to bump up the FSB until you get instability. Then I would try upping the NB volts a little to see if you get more stable results.

NB voltage is comparable to "fine tuning", as some would say. It is also very much related to the FSB in my experience, whereas vcore is more related to over-all CPU clock speed.
    
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