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Hi, I am new to over-clocking and I had a few questions before I do anything:

Here are my specs related for this discussion: Q6600 / P182 Antec / HSF Stock

My Q6600 2.4Ghz idles around 27C-29C. I wanted to overclock it to 3.0-3.2 on air. Questions that arise are:

1) My idle temps are so great for a stock HSF, why is it that I see forums/reviews where people install aftermarket HSF and still can't hit this low when its idle? Is it the ambient room temperature ?

2) Should I try overclocking it to 2.6Ghz on stock and see what happens?

3) Which aftermarket cooler do you recommend (Price range ~up to $60)
I'm thinking on these two, unless you have better alternatives
a)

b)
Thank you very much!
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  1. Idle temps really don't mean a thing. And yes, their high(er) idle temps are most likely due to their ambient temps.
  2. You can probably make it to 2.6GHz with no problems, but I honestly don't recommend overclocking with the stock HSF.
  3. CM Hyper 212+.
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1) Probably it has something to do with ambient temps, is your case very well ventilated perhaps? Some chips run on higher temps then others.. that's for sure. Anyway, idle doesnt say that much what are the temps under 100% load?

2) You could take a shot.. if u'r temps dont rise above let's say 80'ish or so you're probably good to go.

3) Hyper 212 or Mugen 2 you could go for a h50 aswell if you're willing to spend a little more..
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