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I was wondering if a single 120mm Rad would have enough surface area to cool my OC'ed Q6600. Im not looking for super cooled, just something to lower my temps enough so i can raise the OC. Currently im sitting at 65,58,58,65 for load temps. Im fine w/ that, but i want a higher overclock. I have room in my case to install a small rad w/o any major case mods.

I was looking at something like this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21...0c95s159#blank or this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/72...?tl=g30c95s159
    
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post #2 of 12
It won't cool it as well as your Xigmatek even.
Primary advantage of water cooling is the ability to increase the surface area which you are cooling. Using one 120mm fan on a water cooling setup isn't increasing the surface area over a normal heatsink.
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I had that EXACT rad with a mcp655 and a 70ish cfm fan and it cools a quad core no problem. I had dual and a quad on it at 3.6ish and load temps no higher than 60c.
    
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erm, no. it's going to get hot (the rad and the quad). I've essentially been there with a GPU and quad on a dual rad and it doesn't do very well. Quads put out way too much heat to be contained by such a small rad.

Save yourself the trouble and step up to a 240mm radiator.
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I was wondering if a single 120mm Rad would have enough surface area to cool my OC'ed Q6600. Im not looking for super cooled, just something to lower my temps enough so i can raise the OC. Currently im sitting at 65,58,58,65 for load temps. Im fine w/ that, but i want a higher overclock. I have room in my case to install a small rad w/o any major case mods.

I was looking at something like this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/21...0c95s159#blank or this http://www.frozencpu.com/products/72...?tl=g30c95s159
Consider an external mount of a 240/360 rad because if you want to increase your OC you're gonna need more than a 120. That 120 probably won't do any better than your current HSF.
post #6 of 12
Get something bigger. My old GTX 120 would heat up even at stock on a Sunon 90 CFM fan. Save yourself the hassle, and just a get a 240 rad at least.
post #7 of 12
If you are open to suggestions, then I would recommend the PA160.

Kept a lapped E6400 nice and cool @ 3.6 with Vcore @ 1.38
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post #8 of 12
I'd go for a 240 or 360, you can use a 120 GTX like that and put higher cfm fans on it in a push-pull on shrouds and it might do OK for your needs, but since you are going to buy one I would go ahead and go bigger...

There is no substitute for rad surface area..
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post #9 of 12
qft, more surface area will yield the best drop in temps.
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thanks that answers all my questions
    
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