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E6600 3.5GHz Temps - newb here

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So I just started this overclocking thing a few months ago after realizing changing the FSB rate in the BIOS gave better performance with Call of Duty 5. Anyway, long story short, I got rid of the stock Intel heatsink in favor of a Zalman 9700 and have been playing around with settings to get the following results:

E6600 on P5B motherboard
388x9 FSB, automatic voltage from P5B BIOS
RAM voltage upped to 2.0v (would not boot Windows otherwise; got RAM-related BSOD every time; this solved it)

I have three questions:

First, I am idling at 52degC, Orthos Prime at 60degC and normal use (GTA4, HD movies, PAR recovery) at 58 or so (according to Intel TAT; subtract 3 degrees for ASUS PCProbe temps). Is this too high for an E6600? Prior to installing the new heatsink I was idling at 49 and sat around 53 while running games with completely stock settings

Second, why do I need to run stability programs like Orthos? What are the consequences of not doing this, with the exception of not being able to brag on the forums? Basically I just want to be able to play GTA4 with native resolution, and the overclocking helps significantly. I've been using my computer all day (recovering from PARs and extracting RARs) and have seen no problems (the files created by these programs are not corrupt in any way). Additionally, it seems no matter what I throw at my system, its never stressed as much as when running Orthos.

Also, I've been thinking about pumping cold air from an air conditioner into my system. I realize this presents a risk of condensation on the duct, but couldn't carefully placed paper towels solve this problem? Has anyone actually experienced condensation inside the case using this method? I really don't feel like doing a thermodynamics analysis here (I refuse to do math over Winter break, haha) so some personal anecdotal experiences would be useful.

Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this
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What program are you using to monitor temps? Stability test programs, do just what they say, test for stability. If you dont test, you could have problems with your oc, bsod, crashes things like that.
Edited by Kyle659 - 12/22/08 at 12:22am
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The temps reported above were given by the Intel Thermal Analysis Tool. These seem to correlate fairly well with the temperatures given by ASUS PCProbe utility (the ASUS temps are about 3 degrees C cooler; I'm guessing these are temperatures external to the cores on the processor)

So if everything seems to be running fine, then there is no reason to run stability testing? I'm not running any nuclear reactors or life support systems here. I'm basically asking because a friend said, "Its bad to run an overclocked machine without stability testing," as if running an unstable machine is damaging to the machine itself (which makes me wonder "Then isn't it also bad to run stability testing on an unstable machine?" lol)
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Try using Core Temp to monitor your cpu temps.
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