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Should my CPU run cooler than my system?

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I didn't think so, but the (rather shoddy) Gigabyte tools that monitor the temps seems to think it does. The temps pulled from BIOS readings are 45C CPU and 40C Case (Gigabyte tool says CPU is 30C, Case is 40C).

Also, I know it's been asked a lot, but I have yet to see anything truly definitive - What's the best air cooling for a Q6600 G0. From what I can tell, a TRUE is still the king of the hill, but I have yet to hear of anyone wanting serious overclocking NOT lapping it - something I don't really want to mess with. Next in line (from what I gather) is the Tuniq 120. Am I right in these assessments? Is it worth messing with the lap on a TRUE? What's the cheapest that's still on the same level as those (which of them is cheaper, and are there any other comparable setups out there)?

Finally, any fan recommendations? Sound is an issue, but the least important one - I'd like to be able to hear the sounds of my games over them, but other than that I don't really care, so long as the system is nice and cool. I've heard static pressure is more important than CFM, though they tend to align similarly. So, what fans have the highest of either/both of those (pressure and CFM, that is)? 120x120x25 please.

Thanks in advance!
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i DONNO about that, coz my case is cooler by about 10C compared with my CPU. Anyway, based on my knowledge, your case, seems to have a lot of heat producing components. BTW, a case should always be cooler, unless you water cool it or LN2 or that kind of stuff. Bcoz, any fan will still suck in air from your case. Not from outside (if you have a duct or sumthing, I donno.
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Well, I've seen people with cases that are warmer but, yes, usually watercooled. I'm just not sure which to believe - BIOS or Gigabyte. But either way I expect the temps to drop once I get some better cooling in there.
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If you dont plan on getting a true or a Tuniq here are a couple heatsinks that are popular and a lil cheaper but preform very well http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835233003 http://www.pcconnection.com/IPA/Shop...ci_sku=8484986
For a 120x120x25 fan try either this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185060 or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999344 Anything over 40+dba it gets really noticable loud.
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It all depends on where your "system" temps are being read from. My old P5N32E SLI board would read system temps in the 40's, CPU 30's, till I made a few changes in fan placement. Once I got some decent airflow to the system temp sensor, it dropped below the CPU temp. You need to find out where your system temp sensor is and make sure it's airflow isn't being blocked. In general, you can't get your CPU temp below your ACTUAL ambient case temps.

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In general, you can't get your CPU temp below your ACTUAL ambient case temps.

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That's what I thought. I'll mess with the fans a bit and see what happens.

@Redalert: It's not that I'm not planning on getting a TRUE or Tuniq, I just wanted to know what sort of data was out there, and whether or not a lap was essentially a requirement of a TRUE. If it was, I was probably going to go with the Tuniq. As for the fans, like I said, I'm not really worried about sound. I was kinda wondering what the most powerful 120x120x25 is/was, on the basis of both static pressure and CFM.
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Use CoreTemp to measure your CPU temperature - System temperature in the BIOS may well be your NB...
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