So on my very first OC try, I bumped my E4300 up to 3.0ghz no problem, system runs solid and TAT tests reveal only 52 degrees under max load. My problem is noise now, I have an Arctic Cooler 7 and in the bios settings I disabled smart fan control so the fan runs all the time. Now my case is noisy as hell, where before it was nice and quiet unless I was gaming (but who cares about a little case noise then). My question is, after OCing from 1.8ghz to 3.0ghz is it really necessary to let the fan go all the time? I guess I could experiment myself, but I read somewhere that its good to have the CPU fan going because it helps cool the northbridge, is this BS? Whats the consensus, do I really need this noisy fan blowing all day long? Thanks!
I've got a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L with Corsair DDR2 800 Memory running at 413mhz and a 333mhz FSB on the motherboard, if that makes any difference.
There's no way to tell if that is bs cuz every setup is different. My case has excellent active cooling. It doesn't need any more fans inside, but I still stick a few deltas in there. If you case has at least an 12cm in & out, then chipset doesn't need a fan.
Do you game with headphones? I do. Noise is non issue to me. I listen to music as well.
The cpu fan's main purpose is to cool the cpu. Yours should be at full speed unless you have better cooling or a/c or in a cool place.