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Hey I'm kind of new to all of it, but I'm picking things up pretty fast I think.

Anyway, I'm on Christmas break and I'm kind of bored and I have a pretty nice computer sitting here that is screaming to be overclocked some more. I'm kind of thinking about getting a Big Typhoon and seeing what this thing can do, however I've never installed a heat sink before. How hard would it be for a novice to do? Should I do it or not do it? I would use Arctic Silver 5 of course, but I just wanted to know what I should do before I get in over my head. Also, if I do get a Big Typhoon, what fan should I use with it? Any suggestions would be kindly welcomed.

I think it would look pretty cool too. My CPU is overclocked right now from 2.2 GHz to 2.475 GHz (225x11, 1.5V) and it idles at about 32 or slightly cooler most of the time and gets up to around 50 under full load. I'd like that full load temp to come down. Let me know what everyone thinks.

Also, is it worth it to change the heatsink on the GPU? It runs stock at 450/1050 and the best overclock I've been able to do is 468/1080 and it gets in the 60's under load. Should I change that too? This heat sink looks good:
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Well, the fan thats on the Big Typhoon isnt all that bad for starters. You can replace it with a higher flowing fan but the improvements will not be a whole lot. There is only so much you can do with air cooling. Although if your trying to squeeze every bit out of them I would put one of those silverstone fans on them. Search newegg you will see the ones im talking about If not post back Ill provide a link. Anyway, I know nothing about that GPU cooler your talking about so I wont say a thing about it.
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it's not real hard to install the big typhoon. it's big, so it's a little awkwared... but it's not hard. If your premium has the same backplate as my deluxe.. which it probably does then you don't even have to take your mobo out of your case to change the backplate.

the added cooling will really help you out. even if you can't squeeze a bigger oc out of your gfx card the lower temps will prolong the life of your card/cpu/mobo. for your card get a zalman or one of the arctic cooling ones if you have room for a double slot
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the reason I suggested the Thermalright Ultra in that link is because from reviews that I saw, it gave better cooling than a water cooler, but was also kind of hard to install it said.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Thermalright/V1Ultra

I'd be open to discussion about a Zalman for the GPU, will that help? AKA is it worth voiding the warranty for it?

My biggest concern about changing either of the heatsinks is damaging parts because I've never done it before. I mean I put the whole computer together except the CPU and the heatsink (Monarch did that for me in a combo deal), so I just didn't want to damage these nice parts because of lack of experience. So in my lack of experience, would I be capable of doing it? Are there some things that I should know from other people's experience, some things to look out for?
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I just got the Big Typhoon for my CPU and the Zalman VF700-Cu for my video card today. I also got Arctic Silver 5 of course, and a Silverstone 120mm fan (110CFM Max.) to put on the Big Typhoon. Should be pretty sweet. I'll let everyone know how it goes after I get it installed.

P.S. Nothing could have prepared me for how big the Big Typhoon really is! I can't believe it won't tear my motherboard in half with all the weight haha.
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hmm...i noticed you have the same mobo as me...and im wondering how you raised your vcore to 1.5v?
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hmm...i noticed you have the same mobo as me...and im wondering how you raised your vcore to 1.5v?
It's in the BIOS. Advanced->Jumper Configuration (jumper something)->then the voltage setting that goes in increments of like .125 volts
Mine goes up to 1.55V

Chipset voltage has choices 1.5 or 1.6
HTT voltage had choises 1.2 or 1.25 volts
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I just got the Big Typhoon for my CPU and the Zalman VF700-Cu for my video card today. I also got Arctic Silver 5 of course, and a Silverstone 120mm fan (110CFM Max.) to put on the Big Typhoon. Should be pretty sweet. I'll let everyone know how it goes after I get it installed.

P.S. Nothing could have prepared me for how big the Big Typhoon really is! I can't believe it won't tear my motherboard in half with all the weight haha.

You think that's heavy? My Zalman CNPS7700cu is 3 times as heavy as that!! LOL! But yeah, when I was installing it into pandapimp's computer I truly got to appreciate how friggen tall it is, it is almost pressed against his side panel in his case! The only problem I see with that is that it does not promote good airflow into the heatsink but it still works great.
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Well I just got the Big Typhoon (with a Silverstone 110CFM fan) and the Zalman VF700-Cu installed and I have to say that I am very impressed!

CPU
Previous under load: about 51C
Now under load: 39C max
12 degree difference!

GPU
Previous under load: about 63C
Now under load: 55C
8 degree improvement

I'm pretty pleased with these results. This should give me some room to overclock now.
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Wow I'm surprised your X2 even got that high on stock air.
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