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Hello,

I am building a new system, all my parts come Tuesday and I can't wait.

I'm getting Antec 900 case
E8400 3.0GHz Wolfdale
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

Origianlly i wasnt going to OC but now i think i would like to cause i hear the E8400 is great for OCing.

I'm starting to question my CPU cooler choice. It has good reviews but when i picked it i wasnt planning for OCing it much.

Now I think I would like to reach the 3.8 - 4.0 GHz range.
Think I need a better CPU cooler?

Also the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 comes with thermal paste already applied. After more research i ordered a tube of the ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 compound, read it was better than AS 5. But it wont come until a few days after everythign else. I not going to OC right away anyway, but I need to figure out what to do. The stock CPU Cooler also has pre applied thermal compound on it to. I read that once that stuff sets it fill the tiny valleys on top of CPU top and it would be better to go with my MX-2 compound right off the bat instead of that pre applied stuff.

But i dont want to wait 2 more days just for the MX-2 to arrive to build my system. Is it fine to just remove Cooler clean off old compound and reapply MX-2?

If i decide to return the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 for a better cooler I will just start off with stock cooler and put new one in when it arrives along with MX-2.

So think i need a better CPU cooler? If so any suggestions?
Been hearing Zalman 9700 is good but it has back plate and not sure if it will work with my e8400 cause that has plastic clips i think.
Will it hurt to start off with the pre applied thermal compound?

Or am i worrying to much and just use what i ordered?

Thanks much!
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post #2 of 13
well first ur cpu cooler has to be changed, i know its a 45nm core but it safer to just spend maybe $25 more on a true or tuiq tower and make sure ur temps are splendid, as for cleaning the thermal paste i guess it would be ok, i do it every day i think
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check out the Thermalright ultra extreme 120. it's like $60 shipped from lots of online dealers...put in another $15 or so for a 120mm fan like Sryche's ultra kaze would push the cooler performance further more.

$75 total shipped that is...it's well worthy your money compare with all other CPU coolers.
    
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post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by raydeon View Post
check out the Thermalright ultra extreme 120. it's like $60 shipped from lots of online dealers...put in another $15 or so for a 120mm fan like Sryche's ultra kaze would push the cooler performance further more.

$75 total shipped that is...it's well worthy your money compare with all other CPU coolers.
Ditto that verbatim. Also, Rep+ for Raydeon for a great suggestion!
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I highly suggest not installing the stock HSF if you're going to replace it with the TT120(my suggestion for a good HSF) If you have to have the rig up and running, buy some highly concentrated isopropyl and clean off the top with a que tip.
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Originally Posted by kpo6969 View Post

awesome article... remember tho, for the TRUE "Sure, it's more expensive, and it will require tedeous lapping of the surface to make it flat, but there are still a few things that it can do that other cannot: such as mount a second fan"

it's always a good idea (if you have some extra bucks to spend) to give your self more rooms to push further.
    
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post #8 of 13
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Thanks!

Well seems like everyone agrees I should go for a better cooler.

Could anyone link me to the TRUE and right fan on Newegg please.

I'm sure i could find the TRUE but want to make sure i get the right fan & not screw up the order up.

Think I'll have any issue fitting it in Antec 900 case?

Thanks again all!
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 750GB LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Windows Media Center HP 15 inch LCD 
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post #9 of 13
I can run my e8400 on a PASSIVE (no fan) Zalman 9700nt at 3.8ghz...and it idles at 40/35 with 28c case temps.

They are COOOOL running CPU's, I think the Freezer is enough and you should try it first if its on its way. If not, you can get a true but its not completely necessary.

On a side note, the AC Freezer 7 Pro comes with thermalpaste already on it...and that thermalpaste is MX-2
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post #10 of 13
TRUE for $54.99 @ SVC.com
Pre-lapped for $99.99

Scythe Ultra Kaze 3000RPM 133.60CFM @ 45.90dBA for $9.99 @ Newegg
Scythe Slipstream 1900RPM 110.31CFM @ 37.00dBA for $8.99 @ Newegg

I use the Slipstreams as they are quieter for the CFM, and I really like them. Although most people recommend the Ultra Kaze on the Heatsink and the Slipstreams for the case. It's up to you, though.
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