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Hey guys I have had a Q8400 since they came out around 2009. I only started overclocking it the end of 2015. With some aftermarket cooler at stock 2.66 I was getting 85 C with it. I saw that the 6 year old cooler was full of dust so I bought an Arctic Cooler Freezer 7 Pro and put Tuniq TX-4 thermal paste. I am running at 3.2 GHz now and max out at 73 C. I see all these threads about people running under load at 50 C and I am wondering how. Even at stock 2.66 and stock voltage it is like 68 C. Any ideas? I am about to build a new PC with a 6600K anyway but wanted to know why this thing runs do darn hot while gaming or stress tests. For reference I am at 50 C just right now while typing this with no other programs open. Thanks in advance.
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It is running hot because the CPU cooler on it isn't meant to keep a CPU that cool.
The freezer 7 is a decent cooler to keep stock chips at good temps, but it doesn't provide much in the way of headroom.

Also newer chips are putting out different amounts of heat, so you can't really cross-generation compare temps.
If you go to a 6600k, then you will most likely want to pick up some cooler that is much better.
Something like an all in one liquid cooler will do the trick.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181090

Something for air cooling would be like the D14.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018
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Thanks for the info. I actually meant that I see people with the q8400 running low temps under load. When I get the 6600k I don't plan on over clocking it at all at least initially so for me I feel that the stock cooler will be sufficient. I will be buying a case that has access on the rear of the socket so that I don't have to pull the whole Motherboard out to change the cooler, although I may get water cooling as it has been perfected over the years and become very affordable. Almost thinking about buying a water cooler for my 775 setup right now but there aren't many options. So far only have found the corsair h60 I believe. For $60 doesn't seem too bad but I feel that all the over clocking in the world isn't going to bring me up to a solid 60 fps at high settings in new games on that 8400 especially with only 8GB I find my ran constantly at 90% usage. Do any of you guys think that I can get good frame rates and lower the nearly 100% cpu usage in games like black ops 3 and gta 5?
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Thanks for the info. I actually meant that I see people with the q8400 running low temps under load. When I get the 6600k I don't plan on over clocking it at all at least initially so for me I feel that the stock cooler will be sufficient. I will be buying a case that has access on the rear of the socket so that I don't have to pull the whole Motherboard out to change the cooler, although I may get water cooling as it has been perfected over the years and become very affordable. Almost thinking about buying a water cooler for my 775 setup right now but there aren't many options. So far only have found the corsair h60 I believe. For $60 doesn't seem too bad but I feel that all the over clocking in the world isn't going to bring me up to a solid 60 fps at high settings in new games on that 8400 especially with only 8GB I find my ran constantly at 90% usage. Do any of you guys think that I can get good frame rates and lower the nearly 100% cpu usage in games like black ops 3 and gta 5?
I've heard the q8400 was capable of a 1GHz+ overclock. I guess if you can get it in the 3.6GHz or more region you might be able to get some more legs out of it. But I dunno. It's a darn old chip.
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I just bit the bullet and bought a 212. After looking around for water cooling on the 775 it is a pain since everything involves having to retrofit an older bracket. Hopefully the 212 will yield better cooling with Tuniq TX-4 I have seen that it performs better than arctic silver which is why I bought it.
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I just bit the bullet and bought a 212. After looking around for water cooling on the 775 it is a pain since everything involves having to retrofit an older bracket. Hopefully the 212 will yield better cooling with Tuniq TX-4 I have seen that it performs better than arctic silver which is why I bought it.
The 212 will perform significantly better. What did you get. 212, 212+, 212EVO or 212X?
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212 evo. Not looking forward to pulling the board out again to change the cooler :/.
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