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Alright, I just wanted to start off saying I'm new to these forums, and it looks like a REALLY god community, so hell, why not join.
OK, well I have just purchased some new parts because I'm buiding a cpu, and I want to overclock everything in the system: a GeForce 7900gt, an AMD 3800+ DC, and I have 2 GB (1gb x 2) that I want to OC, if that is possible w/ the memory. I was just wondering if anyone can tell me what kind of cooling system I should look at getting and the price range of it? For example, should I just put in a couple of high-powered fans in, a cooling system, a mixture of both, or one of those bulky huge cooling systems? <I'm srry, but I don't know ANYTHING about any of these or the pros/cons of them. Thanks alot for the info, and I'll continue looking on the forums for answers.
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Yes we are a God community...lol

If you can afford a custom water cooling kit then that is the best route for overall cooling without spending a complete fortune ($300 for Water, $500+ for TEC or Phase)

Fans are te safest and cheapest way to go but if you live anywhere it's hot an overclocked computer only gets hotter.

If you want air a Big Typhoon and some Arctic Silver 5 will be good and as for video cooling Zalman makes a good GPU cooler.

This should run you about $100 for both

It's pretty much based on your budget

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Welcome, You have come to the right place. Do some reading and take your time before you decide on what to do.
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Just so you know: You dont call you PC/rig/comp a 'cpu'. A CPU is an individual component, so if you call your rig a 'cpu' people will get confused very quickly.

Seeing as your new to the whole OC'ing scene, i'd say just start off with air-cooling, and then when you NEED it, switch to water. The best air coolers are:

#1 Thermaltake Big Typhoon
#2 Tuniq Tower
#3 Zalman CNPS9500

The Tuniq supposedly performs better, but ALOT (like 90%) of people on this site using aircooling have the Tt BT. The Zalman isnt far behind, but its slightly more expensive and slightly less quiet. And you can easily put a higher CFM fan on the BT.

If you didnt understand any of what i just said, dont worry about it. You'll learn what we are talking about very fast.

The most important thing for you to do first is fill out your system spec with good detail.

Eg. you could list your RAM as:
'1Gb OCZ'
'2*512 OCZ'
'2*512 OCZ DDR400'
'2*512 OCZ Platinum DDR400'

The lst is the best, as it shows what config (2x 512Mb sticks) what brand (OCZ) what series (platinum) and what type/speed (DDR400)

But now im just wittering on, so i'll shut up.
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Welcome to the forums.
Yes you can overclock with that setup but we need to know what is your motherboard and everything else. So please fill it out in the user cp

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Originally Posted by noxious89123
The best air coolers are:

#1 Thermaltake Big Typhoon
#2 Tuniq Tower
#3 Zalman CNPS9500

The Tuniq supposedly performs better, but ALOT (like 90%) of people on this site using aircooling have the Tt BT. The Zalman isnt far behind, but its slightly more expensive and slightly less quiet. And you can easily put a higher CFM fan on the BT.
Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro also is highly rated in the forums
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