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Hey boys, I need some quick advice on a Heatsink.

I am running a i7 920 d0 @ 4ghz. This chip needs 1.312v for that. My OCZ Vendetta 2 is NOT cutting it. I am sure most of you can imagine. The mounting surface doesnt even cover all of my cores. One core is almost 10c hotter than my lowest temp core.

Weak.

So I need a decent Heatsink for cheap. Not looking for a Venomous-X or a DH-14. Even a Frio is too expensive right now. Anything you guys know of that is cheaper? Just need something to tide me over until I can get up the cash for the rest of my watercooling setup.

Thanks in advance. All suggestions appreciated.
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Zalmans can be good and cheap, but I wouldn't cheap out on a heatsink tbh.
    
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I would suggest a 212+, but I don't know how it compares with the Zalman.
    
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Zalmans can be good and cheap, but I wouldn't cheap out on a heatsink tbh.
Oh I know, I've been doing this forever. There is a ton of decent priced heatsinks now, I was just wondering if anyone knew if any specific ones. Or even better had an i7 close to my speed and voltage and could tell me what they used. If I could keep it under 80c at full load I would be happy.

This OCZ Vendetta 2 is a POS for i7's, it can't even keep my CPU below 90c let alone 80c. I dont want to kill this thing. TJ Max is 100c. Getting kinda close....
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Anybody had experience with a Frio on a 920 d0?

A forum member offered me one. I am most likely buying it today, wouldn't mind some experiences if anybody has some to share?

Heh, thanks in advance!
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Maybe a mugen 2 ?
    
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Maybe a mugen 2 ?
That's what the guy before you said.
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Oh I know, I've been doing this forever. There is a ton of decent priced heatsinks now, I was just wondering if anyone knew if any specific ones. Or even better had an i7 close to my speed and voltage and could tell me what they used. If I could keep it under 80c at full load I would be happy.

This OCZ Vendetta 2 is a POS for i7's, it can't even keep my CPU below 90c let alone 80c. I dont want to kill this thing. TJ Max is 100c. Getting kinda close....
Always go overkill w/ cooling. Its not worth the risk of being cheap. You could end up spending many times the amount of a decent cooler to replace the CPU. Running at 80-90C for an extended period of time will be a death sentence for your proc.

First thing to ask yourself is, do I need 4.0ghz? I've got a similar setup to you and I can honestly say that the difference between 3.5/6ghz and 4.0+ is pretty small on most tasks, especially gaming. I only run mine this fast b/c I do some video encoding and serious multitasking.

Again, you might be fine with your current cooler if you run a bit lower speed/voltage. But if you do plan to stay @ 4ghz make sure you get those temps down to lower 70's ideally. This is even more important when you factor in the ambient temps going up in the next few months as we hit summer.
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post #10 of 15
OCZ Vendetta 2 is a little weak for the i7's, as stated above...

Don't mind me asking, but have you tried reapplying thermal paste? I only use AS5 for lack of knowing anything better, and I have been refining my technique for the last few builds and my temperatures have gotten more uniform. My Q9550 only varies by 1-3C now (as long as the cores are stressed equally).

My secret move is to use a very well-machined steel rod (mine is from a DVD drive) to completely flatten the thermal paste. You want a thin a coat as humanly possible (assuming the cpu and the cooler both have very flat surfaces).
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