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I'm setting up two systems for a client. They mostly use Microsoft excel. My idea was to under clock the CPU. Will this have any benifit on heat? I am putting a large cooler master gemini2 CPU cooler but the area it will be in gets hot, up to 90f in summer. Heat can be an issue do you think this cooler and an under clock will be enough. Also the case is a small antec minuet 350. This will be my first time making a small machine like this. I know cable management will be essential.

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I would say trying wouldn't hurt but i3's don't produce that much heat at stock. Lowering clock speeds usually doesn't lower temps as much as reducing voltage, but that can also lead to instability.
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imo, no need to underclock it.

my bro's when on stock it hit about 50 on a zalman cnps performa with 2 fractal design fans at 35C room
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Exactly how hot does it get now? Underclocking will benefit you if you can lower the voltage enough but that cooler should be enough.
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On stock cooler they run around 55*c with HT on, so why the need to lower their performance?
    
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Just turn hyperthreading off if temps are an issue, you might be able to drop the voltages, but if temps are an issue already good luck running a stress test...

I wouldn't mess with voltages or clocks
    
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I was thinking of dropping the core to 2.4GHz or so and lowering voltage to suit it. But I guess the i3 really isn't space heater material. I think I will just leave at stock settings and get creative with fan placements. Maybe I will make a shroud of some sort. The person is using a core 2 duo e6300 and it is overkill for what they use. The funny thing was they asked explicitly for 6gb of ram, I didn't think they need a 1366 system so I told them I would give them a "free" upgrade to 8gb. I showed them the case pictures and said it blended perfectly with the desk.
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I was thinking of dropping the core to 2.4GHz or so and lowering voltage to suit it. But I guess the i3 really isn't space heater material. I think I will just leave at stock settings and get creative with fan placements. Maybe I will make a shroud of some sort. The person is using a core 2 duo e6300 and it is overkill for what they use. The funny thing was they asked explicitly for 6gb of ram, I didn't think they need a 1366 system so I told them I would give them a "free" upgrade to 8gb. I showed them the case pictures and said it blended perfectly with the desk.

Just slap on a Hyper 212 and you will see low load temps. What I dont understand is that you say the E6300 is overkill for your customers needs, so why are you going for the i3(any i3 for that matter) which will smash the E6300 confused.gif
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