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www.heatsinkfactory.com T.R.U.E. its the best, its big, but trust me, if you are going to start overclocking, get a good cooler now, it should last you through your next couple builds....

I ran the Arctic Freezer for a long time.... But it has almost doubled in price since 2 weeks ago on newegg, so google it Its a 25$ heatsink.

i just (thought i upgraded) got a new one 2 weeks ago that sucks (in sig) so I ordered a t.r.u.e from heatsink factory, for 55 bucks + 15 or so for a good 120m fan, you cant beat it, I have my sand paper ready, so I will update when done.

these q6600 run hot, and if you want more than 2.997 than you need good cooling, budget wont cut it. Im stuck now cuz more volts + higher clocks makes it 70+ within 20 min of prime, 350x9 @ 1.39 now - 360x9 @ 1.425 is too hot. Im hoping for 375-380x9 @ 1.45..
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Does anyone know what the recommended voltages are for the G0 Q6600??
Mine are at 1.23 at the moment, im at 3,1Ghz and trying to go further.
The temperatures seem high, 40 degrees idle on 2 cores and 33 degrees idle on the other 2.
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Does anyone know what the recommended voltages are for the G0 Q6600??
Mine are at 1.23 at the moment, im at 3,1Ghz and trying to go further.
The temperatures seem high, 40 degrees idle on 2 cores and 33 degrees idle on the other 2.
The recommended voltages from Intel are from 0.8 to 1.5, never exceed 1.5 on your quad for any reason. Most people with good rigs use 1.45. Yes, your idle temps are way to high considering your rig you should be within the 25-31c range. First you need to take off the HS check it for flatness (use a glass surface) then sand it down (there are many lapping guides on OCN) it will decrease your temps tremendously. But if you don't wanna do any of that your main problem is you probably didn't apply your thermal paste correctly.
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The recommended voltages from Intel are from 0.8 to 1.5, never exceed 1.5 on your quad for any reason. Most people with good rigs use 1.45. Yes, your idle temps are way to high considering your rig you should be within the 25-31c range. First you need to take off the HS check it for flatness (use a glass surface) then sand it down (there are many lapping guides on OCN) it will decrease your temps tremendously. But if you don't wanna do any of that your main problem is you probably didn't apply your thermal paste correctly.
actually what you need to do is ask the guy what his ambiants are. if his ambiant temps are say 25 C there's no way he'll be 6C higher. and btw to the guy who asked the question i suggest you make ur own thread before a hot tempered user or a mod has to delete ur post. You'll get much more help that way.
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Well I think I'll end up getting an arctic cooling freezer pro 7 from amazon, because it is indeed cheaper there.

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Better yet, Amazon also sells .

EDIT: I don't know why it's doubling up on the link description, but oh well. It looks right when editing.
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Alright, I followed gibsonnova's advice (avacado's method sounded a bit too agressive given my current cooling conditions), and currently I"m at 1.35 voltage and 2.7 ghz (300 FSB). I originally set it to 1.45 volts, and it hit 65 degrees pretty early in the test, so I scaled back the voltage to where I am now, and it seems steady at 62 degrees celsius (no errors yet, I'll probably do a more extensive stress sometime tomorrow).

I probably won't touch the settings anymore until the cooler arrives (I will be ordering it sometime this week along with the extension cord), and then the real fun begins.

I'll also probably make this my 'log' thread, so I'll be updating this again when the new cooler arrives.
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Updates! On a whim, I decided to pass up on the arctic cooler and instead picked up the Xigmatek HDT-S1283, with some Arctic Silver Thermal Paste. First thing, installation of this thing is a B-I-T-C-H. Between using pins in the installation, and rubber pins for the fans, this thing had me cursing before it was even seated. I managed to cut up my finger putting the fan in, and nearly broke the sata connector to my CD-drive when the HSF caught it while putting it in.

In short, if you want to get this HSF, make sure you take out the motherboard first (even if it's a ***** to do so). I didn't have to, but I nearly broke some of my connectors in doing so. Not worth the risk.

Also, I found a new method for installing pin-based heatsinks, by using the base of the screwdriver to push in the pins. Made it much easier then doing it with my thumb.

Anyway, results!

So before, I was getting 63 degrees with spikes up to 65.

now... , with spikes up to 54. a 11-13 degree celsius improvement! not bad!

It also has the potential to go up even higher, because I was pretty conservative when applying the thermal paste (I followed the instructions on the AS site, which pretty much say a thin line across the CPU). However, if I was to change anything, it would probably be to install a new fan, because I doubt nothing short of a life threat would be enough to convince me to unseat that HSF and start over.

So now that my CPU is actually getting reasonable temperatures, I'll start being more agressive with my overclocking, and see how that goes. I'll post an update when I've hit a good stable OC!
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After a bit of trial and error, and a scary moment when the computer would not boot up past the BIOS, it seems to be stable at 3,420 mhz (FSB of 380 x 9)@1.4 volts, which I'm happy with since it just barely breaks the 1 ghz OC barrier. Temps don't exceed 63 degrees celsius, which is just about perfect, and the voltage is at the minimum level (3.75 voltage ended up in a spontaneous restart).

I haven't completely tested it for stability (only done half an hour in prime 95 blend testing), but I'll do a proper stability test tonight, and hopefully tomorrow start on OCing the memory.
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