Alto new to the OC world, I have been running close to 3.2GHz on my Q6600 with the stock cooler for 2 days now (Still waiting on my Xigmatek to get in!) But in any event I have reach a "monster" 34Â°c
while playing Crysis on my new rig. Granted I have seven fans in my VERY well aired out case, so it is not impossible to run over 3GHz with the stock fan, but like others have pointed out, NOT recommended
Before going out and buying aftermarket coolers make note of where your tower is.
How hot and cold does the room gets?
How much air circulates in that room?
How much air circulates around your tower?
Then you can evaluate better what after market cooler you need. My need if different than yours, my room is maybe warmer than yours, you maybe have a more compact case, All these factor weight on your decision to what Cooler to use.
1.My tower (Antec Nine Hundred) sits on my desk so it gets plenty of good ventilation. No obstructions.
2.My home office temperature is at most 21Â°c in the summer and 17Â°c in the winter.
3.I used EXCELLENT thermal paste (Arctic 5) in combination of 120mm fans in my tower.
Keeping your room cool and well aerated = cooler computer = cooler components