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Q6600@2.4
500W PSU
Radeon HD 4870

These arnt my current specs but will be soon, I dont overclock, will I need any extra cooling? or will I have to wait and test it?
post #2 of 9
what do you mean by extra cooling?? what case are you going to use? both the Q6600 and 4870 produce alot of heat from what I have read so having a good case with good airflow is going to be key.
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We'd need to know what your current airflow is like.

Unless you have a very restrictive case, stock speeds will probably not need additional cooling.
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My CPU has a cooling fan on it and the case is pretty big, its a coolermaster. By extra cooling I mean any extra fans or heatsinks etc.
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Originally Posted by illuminastii View Post
My CPU has a cooling fan on it and the case is pretty big, its a coolermaster. By extra cooling I mean any extra fans or heatsinks etc.


Well... what heatsink are you using now? Stock? What extra cooling fan? How large, how fast, and how did is it orientated?
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Which Coolermaster?
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Well... what heatsink are you using now? Stock? What extra cooling fan? How large, how fast, and how did is it orientated?
Heatsink is stock, only fan I have is a 80mm on the CPU which has a tube leading to gaps in the case. How fast? how do I test that?

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Originally Posted by Syrillian View Post


Which Coolermaster?
Cant find the actual case, I didnt buy it seperate but its very similar to this;
http://www.coolermaster.com/products...te=636&id=2983
post #8 of 9
If you have not already purchased your case, then (imho) here are some considerations:

120mm intake up front
120mm exahust (I try to avoid anything that is 80mm)
Blowhole

Full-size tower cases are more modding-friendly when it comes to air-cooling than mid-tower as some of the bays (3) can be converted to 120mm intake also.
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A cheap heatsink like an Arctic Cooler 7 should work fine to keep a Q6600 within reasonable temps, and for the 4850 I would also get extra cooling, a cheap Accelero. Add to that a 120mm or two 60mm fans on the front, along with a 120mm, and you're set.
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