OK, so here's the deal. Everyoen is telling me I should go with a Core 2 Duo. Well, that's fine, BUT
I want my processor @ 2.4ghz.. and I want to be able to do it with Stock cooling. - Where I am pretty sure I could do that with the E6400 as it's not much of an increase, would it besafe and possibel with the E6300 or the E4300 for that matter?
Also, Allendale vs. low end Conroe? Is there much of a difference?
Btw - I have NEVER OC'd anythign before.. so it's why I only want minimal and don't want to try and mess with cooling/grease/huge coolers... b/c I have no idea on that....
e4300 @ 3.0ghz with stock cooling is just BARELY adequate with good case circulation. But it will do it and unless it is under severe load it will be just fine.
e4300 @ 2.4ghz with stock cooling....no sweat, it'll do it no problem with cood case circulation. As long as you have that stock heatsing seated perfectly. Almost every single thread I have read about temps turned out to be improper seating.
** these are at stock voltages **
Edited to include: Ps. I LOVE my e4300. Best $170 I have spent in a long while. Running at 3.0ghz stock volts no problem. I did switch to the bigger cooler though. (the big typhoon)
You will have no problem reaching 2.4Ghz on the e6300. I'm at 2.3Ghz with 667Mhz RAM and 1:1 divider. I'm at stock voltages. I'm using an XP-90 for cooling, but the stock cooler would be fine since you probably won't have to increase voltage.
However, if I were buying a new CPU I would get the e4300. Great price and excellent OC potential.