Q6600 Heatsink

My q6600 is running at about 55c with stock heatsink, I have experimented with the case and came to the conclusion that either my paste is bad or that i need a new heatsink, i do not have it overclocked and it was running cool around 40c before i installed a new PSU.
Do you think it worth just buying the paste, applying it and seeing what happens or buying a whole new heatsink? i plan to overclock it in the future i was looking at this heat sink -> http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16720AC9955&vpn=NH-U12P&manufacture=Noctua is that good for overclocking?
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  1. Yes its good

    Another good choice is the Xigmatek S1283/4 or Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer
  2. depends what is wrong with 55c -- what happened:

    you hit the cpu cooler when you installed the psu and the compound is old and bittle and that is normal for the temps to go up

    remove hsf, clean it and replace it

    and overclock it already and move into the 21's century - even hp and dell oc now!
  3. Silverion77 said:
    Yes its good

    Another good choice is the Xigmatek S1283/4 or Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer

    if your nothing overclocking your cpu will last 1o years why waste money?

    you only need a good cooler if your going to use it - if your running low at 3ghz or lower the stock is fine. you might add a few months to a cpu that will probably still work in 2020 when we using 100 core systems!

    or 10ghz 20 core cpus!
  4. what motherboard would you recommend for overclocking? My doesn't allow it in the bios but can I do it a different way?
  5. junk the mobo on ebay get $50 or so

    by a asus p5q pro

    you can run almost any q6600 at 3.6ghz and every q6600 i have ever seen runs 3.4ghz


    look for open box ones - down drivers from asus and get it for $70

    email me for bios settings its cake

    check the combo deals!
  6. if I overclock to 3+ should I buy a new heatsink
  7. I was able to run my Q6600 at 3.0 GHz. with stock heatsink and at stock voltage. Mine ran happily at 3.3 GHz. with only a small increase in vcore with a $20 Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro. Running at 3.6 GHz. took both a sizeable increase in vcore - 1.2625 volts (VID) to 1.42 volts, a good HSF (TRUE), and some care with case airflow. Load temps were 61C - 65 C.
  8. how can i find the model of my stock mobo?
  9. I'm using this cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150082 on my Q6600 @3Ghz and getting 33c idle and ~53c under load.
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