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I am a nublet when it comes to overclocking, so am looking for some advice/recommendations on my proposed build.

ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe AM2 AMD 790FX ATX MOBO
AMD Phenom 9850 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor
PALIT (if i can get hold of one in australia) 4870 CF G/Card
COSMOS 1000 or SRC-1100 Case
G.Skill 4GB RAM
WD or Corsair PSU (eg CMPSU 750 TX)

I would like some advice on CPU and GPU cooling fans for this set up. I will be adding another 4870 in the near future for crossfire. Primarily the build is for gaming (EVE Online).
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CPU: OCZ Vendetta, TRUE or Xigmatek has a good inexpensive 120mm fan cooler but I can't remember the part number.
The OCZ and Xig will likely need a light lapping, the TRUE usually needs a through lapping and us usually warped.
    
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I have about a $2000 budget for this. Case, processor, mobo and g/card i'm certain on, unless warned otherwise RAM, i'm uncertain whether to go for the gskill pc2 or 3 or other tbh. Should i replace any of the fans that come stock or add more?
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The Xigmatek The Duke is referring to is most likely the HDT-S1283. Please be advised that if you use this HSF, there is an optimal way of applying TIM (Thermal Interface Material).

The OCZ Vendetta 2 and the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 are virtually identical to each other, actually. The only differences are the shape and size of the fins and the stock fans, as far as I'm aware.

Also note that the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme (as with all of Thermalright's products) do NOT come with their own fan; the end user is expected to use a fan of his/her own choice. My personal recommendation is the Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000RPM, used in conjunction with a fan controller. Of the myriad fans I've tested, this one has the best balance between outright power, static pressure generation (crucial with a heatsink with tightly-spaced fins), and quietness.

Hope this helps!
    
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Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
CPU: OCZ Vendetta, TRUE or Xigmatek has a good inexpensive 120mm fan cooler but I can't remember the part number.
The OCZ and Xig will likely need a light lapping, the TRUE usually needs a through lapping and us usually warped.
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why are you going amd???
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thanks for the advice, much appreciated.

why amd? i'm impressed from what i've read of the mobo and processor. whether that equates to less conflict with the v/card i have no idea. as far as the v/card, 2 of those seem to be amazing.
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post #8 of 10
Another recommendation for the Xigmatek HDT-S1283. I used one on an Intel Q6600 that I overclocked to 3.6GHz on about 1.43v, and temps were much lower than the Tuniq Tower 120 I used on a similar build, a cooler that use to be considered one of the top 3.

I'm a little skeptical of that thermal grease application txtmstrjoe linked to for this reason. After each test, they cleaned the thermal grease off the heatpipes before reapplying it in a new configuration, but you can see they did not clean the thermal grease out of the crevices between the copper heatpipes and the surrounding brace. It is these empty crevices that eat up the thermal grease, and by applying two strips along the brace (and none on the heatpipes themselves) I'm willing to bet that those crevices will take in much of the thermal grease before it even reaches the neighboring heatpipes. Their crevices were already filled with thermal grease from the previous tests so it spread more evenly than it would have if you tried that method first. If you're going to do this method, I'd apply the grease in that manner once, mount it, dismount it, clean off the surface, and perform the same method again. Or alternately, I did a similar method, I applied three thin strips along each heatpipe, ensuring that each heatpipe would be covered in thermal grease. Either way I just described should work just fine.

As for your GPU cooling, you should probably post that in our ATI Graphics Card Cooling section found here: http://www.overclock.net/ati-cooling/

You'll get more answers in a forum section devoted to ATI cooling instead of AMD general.
Edited by durch - 6/27/08 at 9:08am
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post #9 of 10
Not to steer this off-topic (my apologies if I do), but I've been testing the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, and for reasons I've yet to determine the temperatures I'm getting are higher than most people who use this HSF. I'm sure that part of the reason is how I'm applying the TIM, though I noticed that the clip-on attachment method doesn't generate nearly as much pressure as I would like on a S939 chip.

Thanks for the TIM application tips, durch! I'll test that method when I get my testing rig back up.
    
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Originally Posted by locuus View Post
I am a nublet when it comes to overclocking, so am looking for some advice/recommendations on my proposed build.

ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe AM2 AMD 790FX ATX MOBO
AMD Phenom 9850 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor
PALIT (if i can get hold of one in australia) 4870 CF G/Card
COSMOS 1000 or SRC-1100 Case
G.Skill 4GB RAM
WD or Corsair PSU (eg CMPSU 750 TX)

I would like some advice on CPU and GPU cooling fans for this set up. I will be adding another 4870 in the near future for crossfire. Primarily the build is for gaming (EVE Online).
Locuus, in regards to your ATI 4xxx cooling question...as far as I know any cooler that was made to cool the 3xxx series is compatible with the 4xxx series. Coolers such as the Thermalright HR-03 GT and the Thermaltake DuOrb will work. More details on this can be found here: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...rd-review.html

Good luck with your purchase
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