Gauvenator: just to make it clear, i was talking to specif mobo above that uses the latest mofset technology that keeps them more cool,
now, about the northbridge sencor, there is one, But i dont now if its in the north briedge it has to be very close to it cause when you se the "system Temp" in the Bios this is about 40+ degrees so it has to bee very close to NB.and its not like a cooler extra sensor it has to be onboard so we cant easy spot it.
also if you changes cooling system into the motherboard, (i sujest try to not Overvoltage thinks when overclock, you may achive what 10-20% more power, its not healthy for the system, a NB isnt as a CPU that can handle for few months 0.1-0.4v+ more power its very sensitive the NB and if it Burns out you are finished! So try not to remove the Cooling system, or At least keep the original safe in a place and change it VERY cerefully with a 100% compatible one, that doesnt need, to "stuck" over the cheep, and can be replaced in the future with the original if you have the need to use the warranty! otherwise they will not make use of your warranty 99%.
Guide_Timothy: i had a 650i from MSI and when i bought my Q6600 and tried to overcloack, well yes was not that friendly as its the new 750i!
my current Mobo (GA-P35-DS3 rev2.1) using bios F12, kick ass in overclocking friendly!
ok here is an analysis:
q6600 stock speeds - stock cooler - airfloating in the case with 5vfans- idle temp 48-50/maximum temp 66
q6600 3.00ghz - stock cooler ....bla bla bla idle:55-58 / max: 70+
q6600 3.00ghz - Zalman
9700 LED for Intel - Amd (http://www.plaisio.gr/product.aspx?c...product=891827) difficult in installation if the board its allready in the case you have to remove it, and make sure the back will not "curb" from the scruing, and there is something (like a fat piece of paper) to protect it from touching by accident the case tetal back, if any (this case is the best with out the back and very very cheap)THERMALTAKE VG8000BNS WING RS 101 BLACK (http://www.e-shop.gr/show_per.phtml?id=PER.650633)
bla bla bla idle temp 40-42 / max 55-57 and VERY quit voltage of the fan at 7v !!!!!! (summer time)
so the answer is to get 3.0ghz you Just change the CPU fsb to 333x9 multiplier and manuall always set the PCIx at 100mhz and keep the memmory by using a ration 3:2 or what ever at there difault speed 800/or 1066mhz whet ever RAM you have, overcloacking the RAM its the difficult part and that where the System restart / BSOD etc etc, LEAVE the Voltages ang Timings of CPU and RAM UNCHANGED! the 3.0ghz its a peach of cake for this mobo and there is no fear at all! even with the stock cooler! and you can leav the SmartFAN on, i dont have problem with the rev2.1.
BUT all of you REMEBER overclong MORE than 25% - 30% and having a STABLE system for a while, doesnt mean the CPU and the Other RAM or NB chipsetts are not harmed internally!!!
silicon contacts are starting to melt and may touch on its other ofter months of use.thisis nannotechnology we are actually talking about, therei not enough space beetween anything in a cpu, or a NB. nothing is for sure. untill 3.0 from 2.4 its not an overcloacking its a walk in the park and harmmless, enything else above that starts to reduce lifecycle and will burn the CPU or make it not work in other speeds EVER again! i have seem many CPU OVER OVERcloacked and then they where behiving very strangly to other systems, not booting, not working at full stock speed, or worst couldent downclock
goodluck and allways dont Over do it! ex 2.4ghz to 3.7+ because we are using water cooling, so what? the front size buss can be damaged even in low temps!! ;-)