Originally Posted by crashdummy35
Listen to Lord Xeb, his old Q6600 reached new heights in his hands.
As for the cooling, the issue of heat comes into to play when you are testing for stability, mostly. There aren't many "real world" applications that will heat up a cpu like Intel Burn test or Prime95 64-bit. Your ambient temps...exactly how much voltage you run through the system..they are all relative to the amount of heat you'll see in your rig.
But there's a ton of things you could do to lower your temps-- "quick fixes" you might say.
1) The quick and extremely easy TRUE Washer Mod:
2) Good TIM
3) Good fans
4) Cable management
I don't know how others overclock these things if it's so difficult to keep them cool.
That's why everyone moved on from these old tanks, lol.
With Sandy Bridge you can literally get close to twice the speed of a max clocked Q6600 at mostly less voltage/heat.
Haha. Well, don't be surprised if you notice a post sometime (soon???) about upgrading to Sandy Bridge and I already have a post for 'which mobo - H61 or H67' but this was for my Mom who wants to upgrade her computer. But, I might have found a replacement for the Pentium IV (IBM Thinkcenter) which blew up (LOL!) - PSU died. It'll probably be an older computer but it's only needed for watching videos and surfing.
I prefer a more powerful machine. :-) So, maybe I'll go for a H67 + i5 cpu.
Anyway, back to the topic. THANKS for all the replies and your recommendations. So, should I run those cpu tests? My temps are already high so I don't think the processor will do all that well but I am testing what threshold it can sustain at present?
1) I wanted to inquire about the washer mod - but, I forgot! Thanks for reminding me! I am wondering if I should lap the cpu. I read at least two 'how-to' articles including how to sand but there are subtle differences in how they explain it. Another link I found has someone saying to lap the TRUE heat sink. Any comments?
2) Will be buying this - MX4, I think is sufficient? There might be better ones but I thought I wouldn't spend big bucks on TIM until I know whether it will help the cooling on the cpu. However, if I upgrade, I might be using more anyway.
3) I think I have good fans. I don't have any crappy ones, I don't think. They are CM Blademasters (2) and a total of 5 120mm fans in the case, I believe. Two CM for the heat sink and I think the chassis fans are decent. They're brand name. The worst one is a Yate Loon, I think.
4) Cable Management - it definitely isn't optimized or anything I would brag about. In fact, it's probably not too good but I don't think it would add 10 - 15 degrees to the cpu temps? After all, it's an Antec 300 and it's horrible for cable management. But, I don't have a lot of cables in the computer. I bought 'separate' SATA cables to make cm easier and I bought two 'extension' power cables for the PSU so that I can route them easier.
But, I'd like to replace the case but it's an extra expense. I really dislike Antec cases, now, though. This is my 2nd one and cable management is a hassle again.
I'm trying to convince myself to buy a new case. I just don't want a repeat of not having enough space/room although many of the newer cases have the cutout for the cpu and those holes (some with grommets) for routing cables. I just have to decide if something small like the Corsair 400R is sufficient (compared to a full-size ATX case).
So, when you guys are talking about ambient temps and voltages, I just check by booting up into my BIOS and check the temps/voltages, right?
Or is there software out there that does a better job at this?
Thanks again for the reply.