Cool enough for a small case,but yet powerfull enough...
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Hi ...I have not got much of an area to keep all my computers that I own ...So for online PC's that I use just to send email,post on forums or surf the internet I use small cases like the Numan case model #2019B with 400W ATX power supply unit (it is so small I actually do not believe its power output) with dimensions of 140mm high by 350mm wide by 370mm in depth & a Zalman CNPS8000A cpu fan cooler ...The question that I want to ask is can a 95 watt quad core processor keep cool enough with what I have as a cpu fan cooler within this size case ...Also I should mention that I prefer the larger size in GHz processors e.g.:-Core i7 870 clarkdale @ 95w or the future core i7 2600 or 2500 quad cores with 95w also (do not forget even if I down grade to core i5 760 it still has 95w)...What I have had in the past within this case model :- E8600 @ 3.33 GHz 65w dual core LGA 775,Zalman CNPS8000A cpu fan cooler,Gigabyte G31M-ES2L,Gigabyte GT240 DDR2 graphic card dual booted with XP Pro SP2 x32 & Vista Ultimate SP1 x32 and two small 60mm case fans with a 18 cfm rating plus an old Western Digital Sata 2 500 GB HDD & a sony optical x22 DVD reader/burner (with this I never experienced overheating) ...Also mention with your answer that if I go higher in GHz ratio to the 95w will it make a difference e.g. :- core i5 760 compared to core i7 870 or the future core i7 2500 compared to the core i7 2600 in heat dissipation within my pc case ...
The case may or may not meet your temp requirements. Don't expect lower than the 40-70c range unless you can live with the fan on full speed; actually, it only lowers temps by 3-6 degrees celcius and I would prefer quiet over higher temps. Those cpus are pretty durable; be sure to get a retail box cpu just for the 3 year warranty. I got my 750 i5 up to 90c briefly for testing before selling it; it showed no signs of instability. If you're paranoid about temps, then I would not overclock any of those cpus. Modest overclocking increases the cpu temp about 5 degrees celcius.