Fixing my Q6600 -- Looking for tips

Hi there.

Two years ago I bought a new computer and at that time it was the answer to all my prayers but lately it has begun to lack that extra "uumph!". I've therefore decided to take the necessary steps to get this computer as up to date as possible without having to ditch a whole lot of parts.

One of the main issues I am having is the temperature. With everything on stock speed I am getting these readings;
Idle -- Actually, writing this post;
RealTemp: 55C
Hardware Monitor: Core#0: 61.0C, Core#1: 60.0C, Core#2: 58.0C, Core#3: 55.0C

When running a game, such as Trine it goes up to about 70C which I have come to understand is too much? This basically eliminates any attempt at overclocking.

Current specifications
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.40 GHz
RAM: 2x TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 2048MB CL5
GFX: XFX GeForce 8800GTX 600M 768MB XT GDDR3
PSU: Fortron/Source Epsilon 700W

I have a huge computer chassis so fitting new components in shouldn't be a problem; Cooler Master Stacker 831 Black, 2x12cm


I have read some great reviews on the ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme but I'd love it if any of you would be so kind and help me out with what I should get to solve this problem of mine.
I'd like to upgrade my graphics card as well and OC my CPU even if it means I need to ditch my motherboard. I guess I should also get some thermal paste?

All tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Forgot to mention I'm using a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels.
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  1. Wow yeah you definitely need to upgrade your GPU for that resolution. How much are you willing to spend on this upgrade?
  2. What is your budget for your upgrade?

    Your temps indicate your HSF isn't installed correctly. Those should be what your load temps are, not idle. Most Q6600 CPU's will overclock to around 3.6GHz with a decent air cooler. The Xigmatek Dark Knight is a very popular cooler that will work well with your CPU.

    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98

    It's hard to recommend a GPU with no mention of a budget, but here's a couple that are pretty good deals:

    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $154.99

    GIGABYTE GV-N275UD-896H GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail $204.99 - $20 MIR

    I'm not convinced your PSU is a quality unit. You might want to consider upgrading that also since you're looking to put more load on it.
  3. Thanks a lot for the replies guys.

    Sorry about not mentioning a budget. I am hoping to be able to sort my issues and get a satisfactory upgrade on the system with a budget of
    280-440€ / £240-£380.

    Do you think I should upgrade the motherboard as well or is it fine?
  4. MRFS said:

    Thanks a lot for shedding some light on the situation. I will try what was suggested but I have had issues getting it to sit as tight as I'd like to so I am definitely getting a new one.
  5. Just got my new HSF -- I had to solve it quickly and I ended up with XIGMATEK Achilles S1284.
    It seems to have done the trick

    -- Real Temp 3.00 --
    CPU Idle: 34C, 34C, 34C, 30C

    CPU Load (p95): 55C, 55C, 53C, 52C

    Is it safe to try and push the system further now that I've got the new HSF? I've got the B3-revision of the Q6600, no G0 for me :(

    I'm especially wondering what I should do to be able to fit in a new graphics card without making my CPU the bottleneck.


    I've been able to push it to 3.0GHz.

    333 MHz x 9.0
    1:1 FSB/Memory
    vcore at auto now, the span seems to be 1.2 -- auto -- 1.3125 if I recall correctly).

    Real Temp reports with p95 Small-FFT running on all cores
    Core 1: 63C
    Core 2: 63C
    Core 3: 51C
    Core 4: 60C

    Core Temp reports with p95 Small-FFT running on all cores
    Core 1: 58C
    Core 2: 58C
    Core 3: 55C
    Core 4: 55C

    Idle temperatures are

    Real Temp:
    Core 1: 38C
    Core 2: 38C
    Core 3: 37C
    Core 4: 35C

    Core Temp:
    Core 1: 33C
    Core 2: 31C
    Core 3: 30C
    Core 4: 30C
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