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Stock cooler that came with my 45nm Q9550 proc was making my board bend, unusually a lil more than normal. I managed to get a hold of an E4300's stock cooler, which was the intel's old cooler...I currently use a thermaltake Spin-Q and i get temps of 31'C on CPU on idle (that too its on the max energy saving feature enabled on the mobo)
i know the spin-q is a lousy cooler,but in that respect, will i get better performance than the spin-q if i use the E4300's cooler, i want to use it until i can place an order for the Cooler Master Hyper 212+, which is quite a while from now.
Usually the cooler supplied with Intel CPU's are very good (fit wise) if you ignore the stupid push pin mounting. I know pushing and lockign the pins in place can cause a few nervous moments, but I prefer to mount my cooler while the mobo is out of the case.
It should be bending once installed, so something is not quite right. I would forget the E4300 cooler - its designed with a lower spec dual core chip and may not provide enough cooling for your Q9550.
I don't see the problem with using the E4300 cooler. Both are just pieces of metal with a fan attached, and the 4300 looks like a slightly bigger piece of metal with a fan attached. The fan speed is controlled by the motherboard anyway, so if it's getting too hot, it ought to automatically blow faster regardless of what model you have.
Regardless, I don't think you need a new cooler at all if you're getting idle temps of 31 with the Thermaltake cooler. It's doing its job. I've got the exact same CPU with a smaller Thermaltake cooler, and have had no problems. Idling in the low-to-mid 30s is about right for a q9550.
Intel's stock cooler for the Q9550 blows, though. Before I replaced it, I was getting overheating problems without even doing any overclocking at all. I can't imagine a slightly bigger Intel stock cooler would be much better. I'd definitely stick with the Spin Q over either of those, and if it's not giving you temp problems now and you're not planning on doing serious overclocking, there's no reason to mess with it.
Thanx capt_taco! The spin-q on a review was said its no better than a stock cooler..and the noise was a lil too much for my ears, on high - although 31'C the fan makes 21 dB...oh the horror, my big typhoon was much better than this spin-q (my lil bro has it now)