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How's it going guys....well, I am planning on building a new computer in these next coming months (Jan-Feb 09), and I was planning on an E8400....

But what I really wanted to know was, I had just bought a Dell from a buddy of mine for like $275, and it has an E6600....with all of the stock cooling in it, it runs about 45C idle...

Would it be wise/possible to overclock this thing without having to swap mobo's / cases ?
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Chances are Dell's BIOS won't give you any options to change cpu settings, at least my old one wouldn't. And 45C at idle is pretty high, that means at load it's probably upwards of 60C which i way too high. To even attempt a overclock.
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Any ideas on a CPU fan/ heat sink that is small enough to fit in a Dell case?
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The temps really aren't a problem...but Dell/Compaq/HP/Emachines generally lack the BIOS features you need to overclock. Not saying that it is impossible, just that it's not very practical. You can reuse many of the pieces in the Dell...but you will probably need a different mobo to really OC with.

Once you have that - then you can address getting better cooling for the system.
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Ahh ok....then, I suppose my next question would be...if I was going to get a new mobo and the like....would it be better to just fork out the extra $150 for the E8400 and keep this computer intact, or just throw this CPU in a new setup? I guess my real question is, is a new CPU worth it, or will this one suffice for moderate gaming?
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Ahh ok....then, I suppose my next question would be...if I was going to get a new mobo and the like....would it be better to just fork out the extra $150 for the E8400 and keep this computer intact, or just throw this CPU in a new setup? I guess my real question is, is a new CPU worth it, or will this one suffice for moderate gaming?
That CPU will be fine for moderate gaming. Most games out there will run just fine with an E6600.
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