3ghz is a pretty tame oc, but you should still get an aftermarket hsf. The Tuniq Tower 120 and Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme are the best of the best when it comes to air cooling, they both can be had for $50-$60 each. They're kinda overkill for a 3ghz oc, but your temps can never be to low! If they're to expensive, an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is another awesome choice, it's much better then the stock Intel hsf, and it's only $22 at Directron.
Artic silver would be a good paste to get to go with the Freezer Pro7 or other fan.
I know I got my E4300 to 3.2 Ghz on the Freezer Pro7 and artic silver while just using stock voltage. I actually tweaked my PC back to 3.0 just because I could not really tell a difference and it ran a little quieter.
thanks zenmaster once again great help, think I have my final list now will be posting it on my homebuilt topic to see if thats everything i need to put it together and run it, going for vista 64 bit premium what do you reckon to vista?
Good choice, the Freezer is excellent for the price. probably one of the best price/perf/noise ratio out there
Normally all you have to do is set the FSB to 333mhz (667(DDR)/1066(DDR Dual Channel, all equivalent.) instead fo the 266 and voila, 3ghz. Even with defautl setting you should be Ok.
Nice PSU, depending on the mobo there is some nice guide on teaking/ocing.
kind of want vista as its new and i guess more future proof than xp, also don't want to have to upgrade it in the near future.
also i've really been enjoying finding all this info out and think this may become a long term hobby.
with that in mind my chosen mobo the p35 can handle a quad core so may get one of them in a year or so, think vista would be better for this? (but not sure). I have no interest in sli just yet so its ok on that front.
Why does no one ever state what temps they're getting with their OC.
My e4300 is at 2.9ghz, it goes further but the temps start to get up to 65c (according to Coretemp under load from prime95).
I suppose a non 'tame' OC is going on till it becomes unstable, regardless of temps.
If I didnt have a Ninja Plus Rev B on top of it and just the stock cooler, the temps would be way higher.
are there any good guides to setting voltages? I have seen tons of posts about "my .... got to 3.6ghz with a 2.2V..." or whatever. Considering my current sys is a athlon xp 2500 that was oc'd for a really long time, but recently started to become unstable so i had to turn it back into a 2500. I know nothing of the new voltages and where they should be, what is too high? that kind of thing. Any help would be appreciated? Also, is there any side effects of setting your voltages too low that would be negative on the proc in the long run?