Originally Posted by Tangster
My RV02 really isn't setup for water cooling. The Arc does look very nice. The Corsair 900D is calling me though...
Max spec? Since when did that matter. The TJ max on the old Kentfield was 100C, so 80C was more than acceptable.
If you want more cooling from your radiator I have a few 5400RPM 38mm thick deltas. It's rated for 253CFM, 352Pa static pressure and sounds like two vacuum cleaners at 65dB. I never used them outside of hilarious air overclocks, like 1.7V through a 2600K(It died eventually).
The Corsair 900D is also nice, but I already can't afford the 800D...if I could, I'd probably have one of those Caselabs Magnum double-wide cases instead.
I thought the TjMax was more like 95 degrees, and at any rate, most Intel CPUs start throttling themselves at around 90 or 91 degrees. 80 degrees just seemed uncomfortably close.
Those Delta fans may be loud, but I'm still interested if you're indeed offering them to me. They'll be connected to my case's built-in fan controller anyway, so I can turn them down when I don't want it sounding like there's a banshee howling next to me...though as things currently stand, the fans are NOT the loudest component of my cooling system. Can't tell if it's the pump or just all that water sloshing around right now. (The MCP655-B isn't a D5 Vario, so I can't adjust the pump speed in any way without a dedicated pump controller.)
The extra thickness of those fans compared to most 120mm fans shouldn't be a problem, either.
Originally Posted by s1rrah
3.8ghz on a Q6700 wasn't too uncommon of a thing, really. Neither was 1.5v scenarios. The TRUE cooler I used at the time was pretty much the top dog air cooler back then ... just ran a couple fans in push/pull and did a high pressure bolt through mod on the cooler, lapped it and the CPU and I was good to go. Don't remember what my load temps were but they were'n't anything real dangerous. High, sure ... but not bleeding edge (regarding the CPU's stated max).
I tend to run max over clock on any given chip, all the time. Haven't had a chip fail on me yet ... going from an E6400 to a Q6600 to a Q6700 and finally to my current 2700K.
Ah, the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme...I wanted one of those back in the day, but the price tag was somewhere around $70-80 (fans not included). Too much for me...and then I started seeing reviews on the then-new Sunbeamtech Core-Contact Freezer, which allegedly provided very close performance for a fraction of the price (somewhere around $35-45, don't remember), so I went for that. (It wasn't until afterward that I noticed all the reviews saying that they WEREN'T close at all, and that the CCF was more in between the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro, the popular budget HSF at the time, and the TRUE.)
You went through CPUs pretty quickly...as you can probably tell, I tend to buy fairly high-end stuff and make it last five years or more, then build a whole new system when I can't tolerate my current one's performance any longer. I want my next one to have as big of a jump as I did going from an old Athlon XP 1800+ to the Q6600...which an Ivy Bridge or Haswell chip may not quite provide, but it should still be significant for CPU-limited things like PCSX2, Dolphin and PlanetSide 2 regardless.