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Q6600: Operation Rescue (and maybe Risk)

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Currently my Q6600 processor is being mildly brutalized by Gateway's HTCC (Heat Trap Crap Case), apparently one exhaust fan and no front intake (blocked completely by drive cage that's sideways by design...) are considered adequate to them... but I digress.

Given that the Q6600 has almost certainly been sustaining idles of 50 C for about six months (with me only finding about this recently), I'm hoping that I can save it from less than great thermal conditions and maybe...just maybe, eek a bit more performance out of it. (After market cooler, much cooler operating MB, and a case that actually allows for some air flow.)

I have two questions, with more likely to follow..

1) Is it still worth while to try and save the Q6600 from it's thermal nightmare?

2) (hopefully, less seriously) Should I be surprised if Gateway soldered the thing to the board?
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A new case wouldn't do much good. PSU's are generally propietary, meaning it won't mount in a normal case. Also, your OS might not be valid with a new mobo. That's what I've heard of OEM operating systems, like mine.

If you somehow got arounf these problems, the Q6600 would still be fine I think. Oh, and Gateway probably didnt solder the quad to the MB.
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A Q6600 idling at 50*c with a stock cooler is fine.
Please list your system specs so we can see what you're working with.
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Ah... well, that's good to hear. Still, I'd like to at least curb the load temps (75 - 79, the stock fan revs up and keeps it below 80). As for the spec, I am unsure whether I should post planned spec (to be implemented in 3 - 5 days) or current (to be gutted in 3 - 5 days).

Anyway, thanks for the response. It put me a bit at ease. As for the power supply, the gateway provided one was actually a standard size but I am likely going to cannablize a somewhat better one that I just haven't bothered to reuse.
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