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Can a Dual Core E5200 stock fan be used for a Core 2 Quad?

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January 18, 2014 2:43:30 PM

Hi everyone, i'm thinking about purchasing a core 2 quad ranging from the 9300-9650 on ebay. I was wondering if my old stock fan from the e5200 will be enough to cool a quad. They're both the same socket and architecture but the I know the quads consume more power and produce more heat so i'm not sure if it'll work very well. Any insight would be great! :) 
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January 18, 2014 2:47:41 PM

Core2 Quads can run rather hot.

"Yes", but I recommend an upgrade and make sure your motherboard can support the chip.
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January 18, 2014 2:56:28 PM

Alec Mowat said:
Core2 Quads can run rather hot.

"Yes", but I recommend an upgrade and make sure your motherboard can support the chip.


Yep i've been thinking of upgrading for the past few months and i've checked my motherboard specs. It can take up to a Q9XXX Extreme. I wish it could take up to 8gb of RAM though haha...I'm stuck with 4gb =P ...btw I CANNOT overclock on this board.
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January 18, 2014 3:05:06 PM

Alec Mowat said:
There are LGA775 boards that support DDR3.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

The chip won't really take advantage of the RAM speed, but I have one with a Pentium D and it overclocks nicely.


Yeah I was thinking about that but before I buy a new board and ram I would just upgrade everything to i7. Plus there are no LGA 775 boards with SATA 6gb/s for my SSD I believe. I just need 2 more cores for CPU intensive tasks because i'm starting to hit 100 percent cpu utilization a lot. I can live with the 4gb of RAM for a few more years though.
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January 18, 2014 3:09:16 PM

Better off with 8GB of RAM and moving over to 64 bit Windows. A new i5 will give much better performance, even a low end FX or A10/A8 chip should give sufficient performance boost for a low price point..
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January 18, 2014 3:14:12 PM

Alec Mowat said:
Better off with 8GB of RAM and moving over to 64 bit Windows. A new i5 will give much better performance, even a low end FX or A10/A8 chip should give sufficient performance boost for a low price point..


I have 64 bit windows on all my machines and I also have a Core i7 laptop which I do my super power hungry stuff like games and such. But I have the opportunity to get the Core 2 Quad 8400 or 9300 for under $50...a Q9550 for $105....or a Q9650 for $165. I don't want to spend much money on a dead socket so i'm leaning towards the 8400 or 9300. So to save money without buying another cooler I was interested in knowing if my old fan would work haha. That's my whole story xD

Also DDR4 RAM and Broadwell is coming out soon....and when I upgrade i'm going all out since I don't upgrade much.
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January 18, 2014 3:16:31 PM

Bah, it's fun to upgrade but it won't make much difference. You can buy a cheap FX processor and get 6 cores and significantly more performance. There's not much value in those old Core2's, you can probably find it free if you look around.
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April 11, 2014 6:31:51 PM

I am using stock fan of E5200 on my current Q9550 CPU. It works great! This is my 1st time upgrading a CPU from E5200 to Q9550, so I spent whole day learning how to apply the thermal paste efficiently according to this
http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appmeth/int/hl/intel_ap...
Closing the 4 clips of the hotsink is a bit difficult, had to keep apply pressure on middle of the fan while closing the clips:( .
All the efford paid off, now my Q9550 has an idle temp of 35C, and 65-71C(max) when running the CPU hunger game BattleField3:) 
Im using Win7 64bit, In the power settings set CPU usage to 20%(min) 100%(max) will give it a good idle temperature.:sarcastic: 
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April 19, 2014 3:55:49 AM

manmind830 said:
I am using stock fan of E5200 on my current Q9550 CPU. It works great! This is my 1st time upgrading a CPU from E5200 to Q9550, so I spent whole day learning how to apply the thermal paste efficiently according to this
http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appmeth/int/hl/intel_ap...
Closing the 4 clips of the hotsink is a bit difficult, had to keep apply pressure on middle of the fan while closing the clips:( .
All the efford paid off, now my Q9550 has an idle temp of 35C, and 65-71C(max) when running the CPU hunger game BattleField3:) 
Im using Win7 64bit, In the power settings set CPU usage to 20%(min) 100%(max) will give it a good idle temperature.:sarcastic: 


Very nice! You sound exactly like me 4 months ago haha! I got the Q9650 and used an aftermarket fan....I've never seen my temps go above 60C. Although I don't think the effort it took installing it justifies the 5C difference lol
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