it is my first time using arctic silver 5 or applying any kind of thermal compound, i have read the instructions on the website and various threads on the best way to apply the arctic silver on the cpu. i decided in following the website instructions on applying it to q6600 quad core using a thin straight line. but i don't know whether or not i put too much on.
thanks for the replies, i'll see how it goes. also i just installed the arctic cooling freezer pro 7, should i turn up the fan speed and is it ok to leave the fan running at 100% or would that wear the fan out. (also, i don't mind the loud noise)
is there a program to change fan speed, i know theres speed fan but i heard it wasn't that good. i tried to change fan speed in bios but the options were limited, i only had the option to set profiles (silent, optimal, performance) but these options just slowed the fan down, and for some reason the fan would stop spinning.
anyway i am getting pretty good temps, 31-34 on idle and 41-45 underload (playing games, heavy rendering) overclocked at 3.0ghz.
it does however crash in prime95, but that should be fine since i doubt i'll be using 100% of everything. (i've had an unstable overclocked sytem before and never crashed on me once, except of course in prime95)
well i've used an overclocked q6600 system that failed prime95 for almost 2 years without any trouble (playing games and rendering).
but anyway, i'll try making it stable, the problem is my mobo is very limited with basic overclocking options. i can't seem to change the voltage, it shows the reading of the voltage, but only the option to ignore it.
it's probably getting off topic now but is 1.368v too much voltage for 3.0ghz, i read people managed to get their q6600 to 3ghz on stock voltage of 1.2v (i know stock voltage varies from chip to chip, mine was i think 1.3v)