Thanks for the assist. I am going to try Real Temp. It's frustrating because in the Bios my CPU shows at around 24 C and Speed fan indicated one of the cores idles at around 52C while the others are around 47C in Windows. I am thinking part of that may be due to the fact that my room is warm at this time of the year.
By the way, what is considered a mild to medium overclock for the Q9450? For my first time, I don't plan to push it too hard.
Mild OC? 3.4GHz-3.8GHz would be considered "mild" OC for the cpu, but at 3.6-3.8GHz, the OC for the motherboard is definitely not mild.
So based on the motherboard I have then, would you recommend not overclocking? If you do recommend overclocking, should I then aim for around 3.4GHZ? Is the performance boost worth it for that amount? Will I run into any major heat issues at that point, assuming that according to Real Temp, my temperatures seem to hover in the 45C to 48C at stock?