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  1. #31


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    when you buy a retail CPU, it comes with a basic heat sink and fan. on the heat sink is usually a thermal pad which functions like thermal paste. so all you have to do is merely attach the HSF to the CPU. eventually, you're going to want to replace the thermal pad with thermal paste for slightly better performance.
    Well, my home PC is running with the stock thermal pad and it's nearly 4 years old and having 0 issues. So, I don't think it's really "necessary" to replace it at some point.

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    the basic HSF that comes with a retail processor is fairly basic. if you want your CPU to run cooler, you're going to need a better HSF and the third party companies supply much better ones that are quieter as well. I have a Noctua and it's amazing. super quiet. pulls off tons of heat. it's a beast of a HSF but it's totally worth its money:

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    The stock Intel fans on my Q9550, E8400 and Core i7-3770 are all very quiet. At work, people comment about how quiet my E8400 and Core i7 boxes are. The tiny amount of noise is a combination of my Corsair Power Supply fan, my video card fan, my Intel cpu fan and my 2 case fans. The Intel stock cooler does NOT stand out in any way in my boxes.

    While I am certainly onboard with 3rd party cooling solutions when you are really overclocking and pushing your box, I don't really see the need if you are running close to stock or aren't experiencing a heat issue. I find that enthusiasts go out of their way to lower the temp of their CPU at any cost. The usually reasoning is that "if it's cooler, it will last longer". And while true, I think it's often a moot point as either way it might be long past the useful life of the product or might just amount to days or weeks longer.

    The noctua cooler is pretty impressive looking. But it obviously increases your cost and potentially causes a need for a different case due to it's sheer size. Huge cases just aren't my cup of tea any more.

    I run a Q9550 2.83Ghz CPU, at 3.4Ghz on my stock intel cooler. I have for 4 years. I run around 28-30C at idle and 58C under full load. My PC runs in my basement where ambient temps rarely exceed 24C. In my particular situation, a 3rd party better cooler is far from needed.

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  2. #32


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    no, I don't mean replace as it "going bad" or wearing out. I mean, if you want to run cooler or overclock or simply have better heat transfer or conductivity, replace it with a better compound. It's like a Toyota will service you perfectly fine. Until you get a higher end machine like an Audi or Ferrari. in fact, a lot of builders wipe away the thermal pad immediately and replace it with better material before attaching the HSF.

    you haven't heard quiet until you heard things like the noctua. at full speed, it's still quieter than stock HSFs. 58C under full load is higher than it could be with a third-party cooler as well. the stock HSFs are there just to meet bare minimum expectations.
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  3. #33


    Sure, I could get lower than 58C, but considering its safe into the 80s, what is the point in making it lower. If I wanted to overclock it more, I could, I understand that. But I'm fine where I am, stable as a rock.
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  4. #34


    Wynnum Australia
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    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64
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  5. #35


    If I get a motherboard that has crossfire support and a 4-way SLI does that mean that my motherboard has 4-way crossfire support?
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  6. #36


    Wynnum Australia
    Posts : 466
    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    Some Motherboards support only Crossfire or SLI and some support both. If it would support 4-Way-SLI, then it supports 4-Way-Crossfire as well, if it supports both standards.

    Here is one that supports both standards (Asus Maximus V Extreme (Socket 1155 | Intel Z77):



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  7. #37


    I know this is almost double what I originally wanted to spend. But I think I just might go with this setup I might change a few things but not much. Can someone tell me if all these parts are compatible? I think they are I had the compatibility on the whole time. But at the bottom of the page it says some of it might not have worked. So I just want to know for sure if they will all work together.

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  8. #38


    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post
    Some Motherboards support only Crossfire or SLI and some support both. If it would support 4-Way-SLI, then it supports 4-Way-Crossfire as well, if it supports both standards.

    Here is one that supports both standards (Asus Maximus V Extreme (Socket 1155 | Intel Z77):



    This is what I thought but I wasn't completely sure. Thank you.
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  9. #39


    Also now that I am thinking of it.

    Thank you everyone for ALL YOUR INPUT AND HELP
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    This topic is not solved yet. But I just wanted to thank everyone in advance and I will again when I finally finish this build. Witch hopefully will not take as long as I think it will.
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  10. #40


    Wynnum Australia
    Posts : 466
    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    Quote Originally Posted by chiumiento View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post
    Some Motherboards support only Crossfire or SLI and some support both. If it would support 4-Way-SLI, then it supports 4-Way-Crossfire as well, if it supports both standards.

    Here is one that supports both standards (Asus Maximus V Extreme (Socket 1155 | Intel Z77):



    This is what I thought but I wasn't completely sure. Thank you.
    If you go to here:

    Asus Motherboard Feature Selector

    ... then you can just tick what you would like to get on features and get shown the matching Asus Motherboards.

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