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What is a good HSF for Antec Sonata III 500, Asus P5Q MOBO, Q6600 (G0)

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January 15, 2009 6:36:00 PM

Just built a mild gaming rig to run GTA IV. Now I'm just wondering about swapping out the HSF. What is a better HSF that will reduce my temps?

Ambient temperature is 17C (in a basement in Newfoundland in the winter). Temps (measured by Core Temp. SpeedFan reports the same temps +/- 1C) range from 28,28,25,25 idle to 55,55,50,50 loaded (after running p95 for 6 hours). Playing GTA IV for a couple hours, the temps stay at about 50C. Temps measured at 2.4 GHz, no overclocking.

The Masscool HSF is not highly reviewed, so I doubt it's very good. The thermal paste that came with it probably isn't all that great either. Thoughts?

Just wondering what HSF that will fit in the Sonata III with a P5Q MOBO running the Q6600, that would lower my temps. The Sonata III is a pretty small case, and the ventialation isn't all that great (I added a secondary intake fan after reading some reviews).

I'd like to keep the total cost at around $60 - $70. Preferably currently available from TigerDirect.ca or NCIX.com. Don't want to go much higher than $100 total, including some good thermal grease.

This PC probably won't be overclocked. Just wondering what will happen in the summer when ambient temps rise. It would be nice to OC the Q6600, so the new HSF should be able to handle the Q6600 @ 3.0 Ghz.

My build ($1000 including shipping and taxes). Bought the case locally (avalonsoftware.com) to save on shipping.

Antec Sonata III 500 case /w EarthWats 500 PSU (added a second Vantec Stealth 120 mm for intake)
Asus P5Q motherboard (base model, not the Pro, Delux, SE etc.)
Intel Q6600 C2Q (G0)
XFX GeForce 9600 GSO 768 MB PCIe 2.0
4GB (2 x 2048) OCZ Platinum PC6400 DDR2 Ranm
Masscool HSF (8W501B1M3G)
Segate 250 GB SATA HD
LG 22X DVD Writer (SATA)
January 15, 2009 7:47:03 PM

Check out the Thermalright Ultima 90 at ncix.com (Canada). I use one in an Antec Solo case. If you get a 92mm PWM (4 small pin) fan it is small enough to fit in most cases. It also cools very well. Google it for reviews.
January 15, 2009 10:09:18 PM

Newf said:
Check out the Thermalright Ultima 90 at ncix.com (Canada). I use one in an Antec Solo case. If you get a 92mm PWM (4 small pin) fan it is small enough to fit in most cases. It also cools very well. Google it for reviews.



+1 For the Thermalright Ultima, I am using one in my main rig and it's a good product with good cooling capacity. I bought it at NCIX.
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