I'm building a PC to be used as a digital audio workstation (DAW.) I am absolutely NOT going to overclock, as stability for music creation rig is far more important than clock speed, considering how fast todays mid/high-end dual cores are anyway.
I'll be getting an E6600 or an E6700 very soon, and would like to ask, is the Core 2 Duo stock heatsink/fan everything I need wish for? Or is there some tangible benefit from purchasing one of the brand name products?
Again, stability is the major thing, though of course quiet and cool are both desirable, even though they work at odds with each other.
It doesn't have to be whisper quiet, or ice-cool. Just reasonably good at both.
FWIW, I'm using an Antec Solo case, two SATAII HDs, IDE DVD Burner, Intel BOXD975XBX2KR, 7300 GT 256 PCI-E video card (active cooling), PCI audio card, if these specs in any way matter to the HSF question.
Stock cooler will be enough, with active fan control onboard. This control will make things quieter a bit.
BTW, I work on several DAW/NLE rigs, built by myself. Take a look here http://www.studiocentrum.com/ ALL OF THEM are overclocked, all are perfectly stable & near-whisper quiet. Overclocking will not hurt you or your work, as long as you know what you're doing. And clock speed IS important, when you use some (more & more) software synthesizers & plugins...
When done right, OCed systems are as stable as stock. With that hs you'll reach 3Ghz, maybe a little more with good case cooling, so, another cooler would be better to squeeze an E6600.
If you know little about OCing either you spend some time to learn and test or you better leave it alone. :wink:
Just like they said. Your stock HSF will do you fine if you don't plan on OCing, but not OCing, even just a little and not going complicated, will help you a lot. Theres plenty of people on here willing to help and theres PLENTY of post everywhere on overclocking.
Do a little reading, you'll get tons more bang for your buck
What I'm getting out of the range of responses, I think, is that some after-market coolers are better, whether one OCs or not, but that it probably isn't truly necessary.
The idea of having poorly fitted connections is worrisome, though, and I may go ahead and get something with a backplate that's not monstrously huge (stays within Intel's recommended weight limit,) is made by a reputable company, has good reviews, etc...
... and even has some OC potential, should I ever get over my fear of trying this.
Since you are dealing with DAW, this reading might be useful and get some more juice to DAW http://www.quarkav.com/DAW-NLE/XPIndex.php I've read a lot of guides, even officially promoted by Tascam or Steinberg, which were simply erroneous, sometimes near-to-nonsense. This one is good one