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So I started folding again getting ready for the chimp challenge. Anyways my i7 is a little hot for my liking. One core starts touching 79c peak while folding 100%. I am sitting at 4ghz with 3.18v my ambient temp is around 80-95f with almost 100% humidity (it's hot year round). I am side off my 902 with a megahalem in push pull to cool the cpu. I don't really like folding 24/7 with these temps

Basically my question is is 77c average across cores safe for 24/7 folding on an i7? seems a little hot for my likening. If i look towards upgrading my cpu cooler Would a h70 make an improvement with this hot ambient? Should i go for a custom loop?

Also i'm looking to upgrade my gpu. With folding in mind and considering client 7 is starting to hold ground. Should i look toward a gtx 580? gtx 570 or another 5850? Which will give me best ppd and gaming experience for $ (I am going to be upgrading my psu soon).

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my peak load is 73c and 62c while folding with the H70. I'm not sure what temps exactly are ok to stay by for 24/7 but if you do go water cooling you best bet would be custom water cooling loops.
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A GTX 560 upwards would be a nice upgrade. While AMD GPUs do perform better now, they're still not completely efficient, and each GPU client will still take up a whole core of your CPU...
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Ok yeah thanks i will be shooting toward gtx 570 or gtx 580 if i can spare the $$

I really want to get these cpu temps down so i cam maybe push my chip higher and not worry about damaging the chip.

Jonny what voltage do you have your chip at? and approximatively what is your ambient.

I am trying to decided between blowing the cash on a custom loop or just picking up a used h70
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My voltage is 1.43 and my ambient is around 70f
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