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Guys I'm wondering whats the highest oc I could go on air? Id rather find out if it's alot than read up about It and actually do it if it's not worth it. I've got i7 950 with stock cooler. I'm thinking about water cooling or different air cooler.
    
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with a good air cooler then you would prob make 4.2ghz max for 24/7 use. if its a ok main stream air cooler then 4ghz would be your most for 24/7 use. but that also depends on how good your i7 is and how cold it runs under high voltage. also depends on were you live and the ambient temps. if you want to go water cooling its only really worth it in overclock gains if you get a really good loop, most high end air coolers will be as good or better than a cheap water cooling kit like the thermaltake ones.
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Guys I'm wondering whats the highest oc I could go on air? I've got i7 950 with stock cooler. I'm thinking about water cooling or different air cooler.
Get an D14 or similar good cooler and try it. It depends on how much volts you need for CPU to be stable - some need more some less.
If you want to max. you o.c. you have to go for water. Or peltier
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At 1.31v 4.2GHz on my NH-D14 i get around 75c in Prime 95, im not comfortable with this for 24/7 so insted i am at 1.225v 4Ghz max 69c. For 24/7 use i wouldn't go above 70c but thats just persanolly me because i dont have the money so dont want to degrade my chip as little as possible.

Also i think i may need to reset my cooler because i get slightly higher temps than others.
    
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