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Q9400 And Overclocking??

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February 13, 2010 7:19:05 PM

Guys.. I have absolutely no experience in OC'ing
so im just wondering is the Q9400 good for OC'ing with stock cooler
also any advice on which cpu cooler to purchase would be helpful :) 

Thanks :hello: 

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February 13, 2010 9:31:23 PM

For overclocking it is advisable to replace the stock cpu heatsink with a third party heatsink.

Here is a link to a very good web site with a lot of useful information about cpu heatsinks that will help you make an informed decision:

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

You can use the Google embedded search feature at the web site to find more information about heatsinks for specific cpu sockets.
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February 13, 2010 9:41:34 PM

i got a q9450 which is the same but 2 x the cache. I got a CoolerMaster 40 dollar HSF on it and i can take it to 3.4 stable 24/7. Thats a bit conservative OC but i dont like where the temps go after 3.4 ghz.
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February 14, 2010 2:55:48 AM

TehFionnster said:
Guys.. I have absolutely no experience in OC'ing
so im just wondering is the Q9400 good for OC'ing with stock cooler
also any advice on which cpu cooler to purchase would be helpful :) 

Thanks :hello: 


It's best you you can buy an very good aftermarket Heatsink and fan
I would go for something like a Zalman CPNS9700.
here is a link for it

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019


I overclock my new i5 750 CPU chip from 2.66ghz to 3.8ghz
you can check out my video at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jsRlhA3xSo

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQsrDYiFptE
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February 14, 2010 8:30:00 AM

ive been researching and it seems that a good OC with stock fan would be 2.8Ghz
it would run pretty stable it seems
any advice or feedback?
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February 14, 2010 10:32:29 AM

Keiki646 said:
It's best you you can buy an very good aftermarket Heatsink and fan
I would go for something like a Zalman CPNS9700.

Zalman's are overpriced for their performance.

Here are three under $50 heatsinks that are pretty popular:
Sunbeam
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Xigmatec Dark Knight
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They all require a somewhat different approach to applying thermal compound.
Suggestions for applying thermal compound:
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

And they are pretty large, so they might not fit inside your case.
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February 14, 2010 11:17:29 AM

I agree with jsc. Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is probably the best. I am using it and I got my Q9400 to a stable 3.6Ghz.
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February 14, 2010 3:57:13 PM

Gingerbread said:
I agree with jsc. Cooler Master Hyper 212+ is probably the best. I am using it and I got my Q9400 to a stable 3.6Ghz.

Yes I also agree with the both of you as well. I was going to get the Cooler Master hyper or the Xigmatek but
I change my mind and when with some best for my system and it works excellent.

Overclocking it from i5 750 2.66ghz to 3.83ghz stable in temps are are 35C idle - 49C load is what i am looking for in a cooler.
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