Originally Posted by gregory121295
My guess is you'll get a 2-5 celsius drop. My advice is to switch the h50 for an h70 or a noctua d14 and grab some shin-etsu paste (masscool G751 on newegg). Combine that with the lap on both the cpu and hs, and you could drop your temps by quite a bit.
However, why are you thinking about lapping? You'll most likely only get 200-400 mhz higher of an overclock if you're lucky even after lapping.
I went from a Corsair H50 to a full custom watercooling loop. The temperature drop was tremendous. Even then, I could only get around 100MHz more out of my overclock. I'm ok with this because in the end I did it for other reasons anyway. The point is that the maximum overclock will be much more limited by many other factors besides temperatures. Besides, lapping on average provides such a tiny (if even any) noticeable difference that I would not count on it leading to higher overclocks.
It is one of those things that those who do it, do it simply to be able to say "yay, I did it"
and then show off some shiny Copper photos of the CPU. Not worth it at all in my opinion since after a few weeks you'll forget you ever did it and won't even see the shiny Copper surface since it's under your heatsink anyway. Then there's the minute (if any) temperature difference, that you'd also naturally forget. It'll all come back to you once you upgrade and decide you want to resell the CPU and realise that you've absolutely defaced it so reselling will be much harder to do.Edited by Gib007 - 5/4/11 at 6:12pm