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Hey im currently planning on overclocking my CPU, Graphics card and Memory on the 31st august when the rest of the components arrive.
I will have:-
AMD Athlon 4000+ CPU (939)
Sapphire Radeon x800 GTO 256mb GDDR3
1GB DDR 400 Memory
will these 3 cooling components be enough to compensate with the overclocking?
Im new to overclocking and cooling, so just looking to make sure i dont ruin my new computer :)
imho it all depends on your case and airflow through your case.
Most people suggest you use a \"front to back\" airflow system, draw in cold air through the front and expell it out the back end,
Memory Heat spreaders TEND to do nothing, this isnt always the case but its usually best if the case you have has a fan in it in the side panel, you can normally 'tweak' the position of these by adding a couple of washers under one side so your RAM gets some air time :)
The heatsink you have chosen looks fine to me (although i dont use AMD so im sure someone else will verify this)
The arctic cooling silence you have looks Alright too - any fan you buy for your graphics card is going to be better than the cheap nasty stuff they put on as standard.
I know its on quiet computing but im sure it has a few details on cooling optimisation too, Sorry if it doesn't but its worth a peruse anyway :)
DDR Ram doesnt normally get too 'hot' if im right, but it depends what your going for i suppose- and if you expect to be overclocking it, you say your new to overclocking so i assume your going for OCZ so that you can overclock it ?
Also you'll find any advantage of having a \"cooler inside case\" so if you have a large 12cm fan on the back drawing out the heat, and one on the front, and it drops the case by 3/4 degrees, its probably worth it as you need to remember the air thats in your case is cooling your cpu too.
Looks good though - im sure someone will either support this completely or just tell you to ignore it all so watch this space =)
Thanks for the long reply matt :)
Im not getting OCZ memory, im kinda sticking with the aria memory i have :(
I think i'l ditch the idea of having a heatsink for the DDR memory,
ive seen a lot of cases with these extra fans on!
how the hell do u do it? and how do u power it up etc?
you have no idea how much i really want to add fans on the case for extra cooling :) and blue neon fans look awesome 2!
would u say its best to buy fans and install them if i get help
or buy a new case?
ive seen 2 cases im really really intrested in,
here they are:-
this one is the best price range for me at the moment
and this one is my dream case
it would be awesome if i could get the alien case and then put some fans into it if u can guide me on how to do it
also here are some more cases i would buy
comes with 2 fans it states?
3 fans available to just slot in? and 1 already included?
tbh the case you called your 'dream' case looked good because:
The big fan on the side panel is about where your graphics card and any other PCI bits will be sat, so its gonna give you a nice blast of cool air onto your gfx card HS/Fan :)
How you mean power it up ? you mean get power to the fans ?
They normally just plug into the molex (4 pin power) connector, and usually the bigger 12cm ones have a \"pass through\" so they take their power, and let you plug something else on the same connector.
Makes it easy to get your pc powered up BUT, if you do put extra fans in Dont daisy chain loads of components on the one cable for obvious reasons, Alot of people aparently send working fans and optical drives are normally the main one. Did it on mine too - if i plug the 12cm fan into either of my optical drives, i could open the draw put the disc in - it would spin up, lose power and slow down, then start again :)
It doesnt really make a difference what the case is - as long as you stick to the basic principal of moving air in *one* direction, (or two because of a side panel) it should be OK.
Best thing i can say is try it - you wont know unless you try, you can always add more if it requires more. But i will say get a HDD cooler - they well worth the few quid they cost :) look pretty too
Thanks again matt :)
i really want to get one of these nice fans to put on the case :)
but where exactly do u put them?
do u have to cut a whole into ur case if u dont have fan mounts already?
like a very basic case? wuld i have to cut it? and put wholes in for screws?
im sorry but im very new to this, but very eager to learn
OK chris, in your case you will see 4 well spaces holes... they are either...
80mm, 92mm or 120mm apart (ish) this depicts which fan you need...
they normally have lots of holes in the middle - a \"grill\" so that little kids cant put their fingers in or whatever and blitz your finger.
You CAN remove them with tin snips if you really want as it gives better airflow but it will make your case much much weaker... i wouldnt recommend it.
if you take the side panel off your case you can have a good poke about and look see where there is space, there is normally one large one on the back and 2 small ones in the front (in my experience) the ones in the front tend to do sweet F A so a case mod is needed there if you plan on using it.
If theres no screw holes dont bother :) altho im contemplating putting a small fan on the bottom of my case right now =) its normally never worth it (my comps now supported on wood so it sits in my windowsill to make it get a draft from the window, its not normally feasable in normal conditions.
Ah okay :D ill have a look 2nite then!
but new case wont come till about 31st august with all the other stuff im ordering
but im sure i can test the fans out on my old case to see what kinda temp i can get from the extra fans
thanks for all your help matt, ill be sure to post some pics of my new machine in september :D
no problem everyones here to help =)
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yea, cant really afford the whole watercooling at the moment :P
im gona get the vga cooler and the arctic 64 fan
and im getting a new case, here are details
XBlade Black ATXMidi TowerCase
Raidmax X-Blade Premodded Black Case with Clear Side, Blue LED Fans & 450W PSU
Model #: N/A
450W P4 PSU
Dimensions (H x W x D mm):
430 x 200 x 490
2 x USB2.0 Ports
1 x 8cm Blue LED Fan
1 x 8cm Blue LED Fan
so thats an extra 2 fans :) even tho only 8cm
but with vga cooling and arctic 64! i should be able to mod as much as i like out of the CPU and graphics card :D
is this all well and good?
P.S I have also just noticed with this vga cooler
do i have to take the current fan off my g card and put this 1?
as i didnt realise this :( and im scared incase i break my graphics card doing so
anyone know anything more on this?
also would this be worth the £3? looks quite handy
The Arctic Cooling VGA coolers are the mutts nuts! Have one on my X850XT PE which was Uber Hot until I clamped one of these monsters on!
The exhaust coolers are OK - Although i'd persoanlly go for a quieter solution. Have a look at the Akasa fans (Dual Ball Bearings is the key).
monkey how did u fit the vga cooler?
as this wil be my first vga cooler ever!
and where on aria can i find akasa?
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thanks pyle :D
haha yea full of questions, eager to learn :)
ive been doing my homework :wink:
and i know what about the bus etc, but still learning about latency :)
i wana O/C my new computer though ^_^
i can overclock graphics cards now since ive been playing around with old g card with ati tool etc untill new computer components arrive :lol:
and did a bit of CPU modding but im really getting into this all bus and latency lark :D
eager to learn more off u guys :P
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