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    Cooler for I7

    I am in the processing of building my I7 system this weekend but looking at upgrading from the stock cooler. If i dont OC will the stocl cooler be good enough for video encoding home movies etc?
    I am thinking of getting this otherwise
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Titan...366-K8-AM2-AM3)

    I dont know the link is not wotking but this is the cooler

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    Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ 120mm PWM 17dBA+ "HDT" CPU Cooler (775/1366/K8/AM2/AM3)
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    Re: Cooler for I7

    404 error on my end.

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    Re: Cooler for I7

    Quote Originally Posted by Stanman View Post
    I am in the processing of building my I7 system this weekend but looking at upgrading from the stock cooler. If i dont OC will the stocl cooler be good enough for video encoding home movies etc?
    I am thinking of getting this otherwise
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Titan...366-K8-AM2-AM3)
    I'm using stock cooling, and it keeps the temps at a reasonable level even when I'm compiling lots of software in parallel.
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    Re: Cooler for I7

    The stock cooler is good enough for anything you do on the chip within its normal limits. If it wasn't Intel wouldn't use them.

    People only really replace them for noise and performance (mainly overclocking) reasons.

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    Re: Cooler for I7

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    The stock cooler is good enough for anything you do on the chip within its normal limits. If it wasn't Intel wouldn't use them.

    People only really replace them for noise and performance (mainly overclocking) reasons.
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    The stock cooler should be sufficient if you don't OC.

    If you do plan on OCing then almost any Hi-ish end cooler like the TRUE (or similar like the Xigmatek), are the best you can really do without going water.

    I'd just use the stock cooler for now, and see if the fan's too loud/irritating for you. If it is, then consider a third party heatsink/fan combo, but I don't see the reason to spend the extra if everything's working fine. If you're paranoid you can always stress test and monitor temps to convince yourself your i7 is not in danger.

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    Re: Cooler for I7

    I have the same question.
    I am planning a light overclock on a i7920 and would appreciate recommendations for the quietest solutions rather than the most extreme.
    Any ideas anyone ?

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    Re: Cooler for I7

    I'm pretty new here so I don't know what the rules are for new threads or not, but I'll weigh in with an answer:

    The quietest solutions and the most extreme often go hand in hand. Take the TRUE - a v. expensive piece of metal, but also one of the most efficient air cooling heatsinks. Throw on a low rpm fan and you've acceptable temps and near-silence.
    Strap on a leaf blower and you can outdo cheap water-cooling loops for stable OCs.
    In terms of noise you're really looking for a quality fan regardless of the heatsink you use.
    I'm not hugely familiar with i7s but noctua fans are pretty much the best call, pushing decent amounts of air and remaining quiet - if you can afford the price premium, and the fleshy colour tone.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Noctu...r-LGA1366-only

    That said it's a pricey solution. you might be able to maintain a light OC with the stock cooler if your airflow and ambients are favourable, there's no harm in grabbing OCCT and running some tests to see what your load tests are like.

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    Re: Cooler for I7

    I've got the Noctua cooler on my Q9550 [yes I know it's not an i7] and Everest reports all 4 cores 27-38C most of the time. The fan is NOT as quiet as advertised - it's 'secured' to the heatsink with a springy wire clip ahich can buzz at times.
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    Re: Cooler for I7

    The Titan Fenrir the OP mentioned is supposed to be very good, see a review here
    http://www.frostytech.com/articlevie...articleID=2383

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    Re: Cooler for I7

    Thanks Chanfron. Looks like I might as well get OCUK to do the whole kit on that basis. See here.
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=BU-003-OB

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    Re: Cooler for I7

    Any tower cooler will do well with an i7. Noctua's fans are far from exemplary in the noise department, but they work.

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