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What case and cooler if I want a small overclocked rig?

Hi,

I'm thinking of getting an i7 2600k (3.4GHz) and doing an overclock to 4GHz (from what I read this is moderate, if cooling allows it I might go to 4.4?)

I want a small rig I can transport with me so was thinking of a mini ITX or mATX board and a small case.

Don't want to spend too much on the case (let's say <£50)

What's the a small/the smallest case and cooling combo that can help me achieve that overclock?
Also will have a decent card in there (950 / 770 sized)
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£26.49 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £76.48
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-06 22:04 BST+0100

    Best budget cooler on the market.


    Image from: techpowerup.com


    http://www.hitechlegion.com/reviews/cooling/heatsinks/42980-cryorig-h7-universal-cpu-cooler-review?showall=&start=3
    Review from hitechlegion ^



    Unmatched Compatibility
    Zero RAM Interference


    Focusing on providing the widest range of
    compatibility, the H7 utilizes an asymmetric slanted
    heatpipe layout to move the heatsink away from the
    RAM zone, Offering optimal compatibility for RAM
    with tall heat spreaders on both Intel 115X and
    AMD platforms.



    Image from: proclockers.com


  2. infernalx said:
    Hi,

    I'm thinking of getting an i7 2600k (3.4GHz) and doing an overclock to 4GHz (from what I read this is moderate, if cooling allows it I might go to 4.4?)

    I want a small rig I can transport with me so was thinking of a mini ITX or mATX board and a small case.

    Don't want to spend too much on the case (let's say <£50)

    What's the a small/the smallest case and cooling combo that can help me achieve that overclock?
    Also will have a decent card in there (950 / 770 sized)


    Any mid tower ATX case with an intake and exhaust should be fine.

    For cooler, I suggest a Hyper 212 EVO
  3. infernalx said:
    Hi,

    I'm thinking of getting an i7 2600k (3.4GHz) and doing an overclock to 4GHz (from what I read this is moderate, if cooling allows it I might go to 4.4?)

    I want a small rig I can transport with me so was thinking of a mini ITX or mATX board and a small case.

    Don't want to spend too much on the case (let's say <£50)

    What's the a small/the smallest case and cooling combo that can help me achieve that overclock?
    Also will have a decent card in there (950 / 770 sized)


    Temperature = volts x volts x speed.
    Overclocking is the law of diminishing returns. Every speed increase needs more volts, which generates a lot more heat.
    Some CPU need a lot of volts to go to 4GHz, some need less, some will not go to 4Ghz at all.
    I managed to overclock my PC to 4.2 on the stock heatsink, but only by keeping voltage down to 1.09V. You may not be so lucky with your CPU
    Therefore I cannot predict what speed you will get or how big your case needs to be.
    If you want a really small rig, get a laptop. It has small coolers because the processor and GPU run at low speed and low voltage. That is why a laptop is so much slower than a desktop.
  4. Best answer
    lodders said:

    If you want a really small rig, get a laptop. It has small coolers because the processor and GPU run at low speed and low voltage. That is why a laptop is so much slower than a desktop.

    You can guess he's looking for a lanparty rig or similar so why bother with this suggestion?


    @infernalx,
    Maybe look at these cases,
    Mini itx
    micro atx
    keep an eye on videocard length and other maybe cpu cooler fitting issues size wise.Some come only with one fan,in that case you might want to add another for either exhaust or intake depending where the already fitted fan is placed.

    Some lower even than the Cryorig H7 coolers,
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/parts/compare/cryorig-cpu-cooler-m9i,deepcool-cpu-cooler-maelstrom120k,noctua-cpu-cooler-nhc12pse14,phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc12lsbk/
    the watercooler probably only works with cases that can mount a 120mm fan at the back.
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