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Let's completely ignore that the green is ugly and it was the ONLY one they had at Micro Center and get to my question...

With this ugly non-stock cooling I am able to crank out some nice Overclocks on my 470 Evga card. However, since I had to set the fan at 80% and override the defaults my PC cannot go into balanced mode now.

Is there another setting in afterburner I can use to allow some sort of auto/system compensation or do I just have to leave it running then shut down my computer at night. Just wondering how everyone else handles situations such as these.

Thanks in advance for being my heroes!!!
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Yes, Afterburner has a setting to set up a custom fan curve, based on temperature and fan percentage. Is the fan running off the video card's connector, or the motherboard's? How are the VRM temps vs. stock? I've always been worried of such things with hose large coolers.
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Hmm, when I get home from work I'll take a look at my temps.
The fan connector is attached to the mainboard.

As soon as I ticked off the control for the fan speed in Afterburner that was when my system stopped going into its balanced state. So I def know what I did and what caused it.

Is it better to turn off a system that is overclocked on air or is just fine to allow them to go into sleep cycles? In a few weeks I am yoinking all the air out and making it water cooling anyhow. What is your recommendation for that? Power off or balanced mode is fine?
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If you have no fan connected to the video card's connector, then yes, I can see how that might have happened.

What's the basis for your question regarding sleep vs. shutdown? Overclocking, for me, makes no difference, but I'm not "extreme" in that I like to use my clocks 24/7, so I shoot for reliability.

You can tweak the balanced mode advanced options, too, so it's not a big deal to stick with one profile or another. My balanced profile is modified to reflect hybrid sleep, which is a combination of sleep and hybernation, so if I lose power, the computer resumes as though hibernated. If power isn't lost, then it acts as a normal sleep.

I am, however, a proponent of rebooting now and then, for updates, and Windows seems to work better then.

Yes, it's fine to do either with overclocking, provided the overclock is stable. Putting it into sleep mode with a RAM instability will cause serious issues (usually corruption).

I just made the switch to water, and due to price, I'd suggest avoiding it, as it's more hobby than monetarily efficient. But, the chances for excellent cooling are there. If you're that worried about temps, then go for a simple bolt-in H50/H70 or similar pre-built CPU cooler, and keep the motherboard and video cards cool.
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Oh I am not at all worried about temps, I just want to OC it MORE... which I can't do right now with air... OC'ing is as fun as it is addicting.

I ran Prime95 for a full 24 hours with no errors and I am experiencing no artificing. My OC is completely stable. The question was merely based on what everyone else is doing or what they like to do with their OC'd systems.

That Zalman connector can't attached to my video card connector. Because you cannot hook up the Zalman to the graphics card (something about it using too much power and causing damage to it) soooo it has to go onto the motherboard.
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Well, water can usually increase the OC limit. A solid system (cooling CPU, chipset, VRM, and video card) can cost a few hundred dollars easily. It's not cheap by any means, but for performance or quietness, it's a good choice. You may want to check the water cooling section for more info, as I'm more of a novice.

What are your temps, anyway?
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My temps are

At full stress load (burn in tests etc..): 63c CPU my second or 3rd core is always a tad higher, I'm not at home so I can't be specific
Gaming: 41 - 50c
Idle is: 31c - 35c

My GPU temp is pretty solid at 41c - 45c

Any additional attempts at OC'ing though pushes everything too far - both in temps and stablity.

I'm not worried about the money. This is all for fun.
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