I need some advice on CPU cooling. First off, here's the link to my original thread for this build. I'm looking to overclock to 3.33Ghz, as recommended here.. The relevant parts are as follows: Core i7 920, Asus P6T SE, Antec Sonata Designer, Antec Earthwatts 500. Is the stock Core i7 sufficient for this overclock? Or should I spend a little more on a better cooler? I'm already planning on mounting a second fan in the front of the case for extra air intake.
Also, I've heard that the push-pin system used by Intel is a bit of a nightmare, anyone know of anything easier? I want this build to be a well rounded machine which doesn't make itself unwelcome in the living room, so quite is important.
After a little more research it looks like I might be best off running the CPU at stock until some more reasonable socket 1366 coolers come out. The i7 920 at stock really ought to be fast enough for me at the moment.
Also, how would I know if the processor I'm buying is the D0 stepping or the older C0 model? Are they all D0 by now?
Meh I wouldn't do it. You might be able to, but you would be running pretty hot. I have a coolermaster 690 case, which is much better ventilated than your case. I have the C0/C1 stepping i7 920 and when I OC'd to 3.0ghz on stock cooling, I was getting low 80's C for my temps, which is pretty hot, too high for my tastes. I would get an aftermarket cooler, they really aren't that expensive and your chip will last much longer if it has better cooling.
I have heard that disabling hyper threading can lower your temps. Also no you cant overclock that CPU to 3.33GHz on stock cooling, not a chance. Unless you have like an air condition blowing in to your PC (don't do that). The heat will cause the computer to blue screen. The Noctua is currently one of the best (if not the best) cpu cooler on the market.