Hello PureOC, today I took upon myself to learn, read and inform myself about my cpu wondering if I could OC it. I have an i7 980 (locked), I been reading and googling about it and I have found that my core multy is locked up to 25x yet I can still OC my i7 980, would I be wrong?
I spend 130$ today and ordered a Corsair H100i closed loop water cooler, Arctic Silver 5 High Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound 3.5 Gram Syringe and Arctic Silver ArctiClean 1 & 2 Thermal Material Remove & Surface Purifier 60ML Set. I'm aware that the H100i comes with pre-applied thermal paste and will clean it up to use Arctic Silver 5 instead of the pre-applied one. I have a Corsair 800D case which I think there plenty of room for, I would like to know if anyone experienced with installation of this H100i cooler would please let me know on what side it would be better to mount the radiator on? or any information they would like for me to know before hand?
Here are a quick run down of my computer specs
-Intel Core i7 980 6 Core @ 3.33GHZ
-EVGA X58 FTW3 Motherboard
-Corsair Dominator GT 12GB 3X4GB DDR3 2000MHz
-SLI EVGA GTX 580 Fermi 3GB GDDR5
-Sound Blaster X-FI Titanium FATAL1TY Champion PCI-E
-OCZ Vertex 3 120GB
As of right now with my i7 980 stock cooler I ran Prime95 and got max of 88deg C, my rig is about 3 years old, I keep the inside somewhat clean, I think the thermal paste on this old heat sink is not doing is job anymore hence max of 88deg C.
After installing my new H100i cooler, I will come back and post my default clock speeds and all the detail from my bios, I want to slowly ramp up to 4.2GHz with HT and Turbo turned off. I started reading Core i7 4Ghz Club & Overclocking Guide and will continue to read and review this guide till I feel confident.
I also have a laptop handy if I need to come here and post or research while I try to OC my cpu for the first time, any information is good information.
thanks in advance from Moe.