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Good evening,
* I have OC'd my Q6600 to 3.4GHz, and the idle temp is around 41c, but I ran Orthos for less than two minutes on two of the cores and it hit 73c, so I stopped the test.

* My problem is that I have a Lian Li PC-G50B, and the PSU is in front of the CPU, which means that there isn't that much room for a nice CPU cooler. Here is a link for the Lian Li PC-G50B - http://www.lian-li.com/product/produ...index=4&type=b Below are some pics of my system. Does anyone know of a fan that will cool my CPU down better than the Zalman CNPS7700-Cu I am currently using? I know I could use liquid, but I am not sure that I am ready to spend that kind of cash right now, nor do I really want to buy a new case, as this one was over a $100 to begin with.

Thanks in advance, Jon




    
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Ouch, your options are limited. That is a nice case, but it is going to be hard to pull the heat off that Quad with the PSU right there. Sounds like your options are to switch the case, go to water, or back off your vcore a bit and see how high you can keep your OC. Any way to mod the case so that the PSU is up front? Maybe remove the lower hard drive cage and put the PSU there.
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I agree with Knitelife, time for a new case. One of the main reasons why i bought a big case was for future upgrades. I have a P182 and i plan on using it till it rusts....
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I have Antec P180B and it has tons of room for a Quad. I have 2 Intake Fans, 2 Exhaust Fans, 2 Fans on my Ultra-120 eXtreme, a PSU Exhaust, a GPU Exhaust, and lots of airflow. I love my case... Oh, and, it's silent.

(2 Antec TriCools, 4 Scythe SFF21Ds, SeaSonic Silent PSU Fan, Quiet eVGA Stock Cooler, Passive Chipset Coolers)

Another suggestion: Don't overclock until you get a bigger case (Thermaltake Armor, Antec P180/182, Antec 900, etc.) and better cooling (Zalman 9700, Thermaltake Big Typhoon, Tuniq Tower 120, Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme).

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Originally Posted by Ninja_Boy View Post
I have Antec P180B and it has tons of room for a Quad. I have 2 Intake Fans, 2 Exhaust Fans, 2 Fans on my Ultra-120 eXtreme, a PSU Exhaust, a GPU Exhaust, and lots of airflow. I love my case... Oh, and, it's silent.

(2 Antec TriCools, 4 Scythe SFF21Ds, SeaSonic Silent PSU Fan, Quiet eVGA Stock Cooler, Passive Chipset Coolers)

Another suggestion: Don't overclock until you get a bigger case (Thermaltake Armor, Antec P180/182, Antec 900, etc.) and better cooling (Zalman 9700, Thermaltake Big Typhoon, Tuniq Tower 120, Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme).

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You just made me drool! I have 2 intake fans and one exhaust and im getting 30C case temps :-)
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I figured I was going to have to either get a new case or a water cooling system. It seems to me that it is almost more cost efficient to go with the water system instead of buying both a new case and a new fan, which together would equal a water system, and still wouldn't provide as much cooling as the water cooling would. Thanks for the help, Jon
    
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