Here are the Specs.....
OS is either Vista Ultimate 64bit/XP Pro 32Bit
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q9300 - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Dynamic Energy Saver Ultra Durable II Intel Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128082
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
Rosewill R604-P SL 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Case has 2 120mm fans, one in the back, and one on the side running Exhaust. Fan on the Cooler is configured to go from the top of the board to the bottom of the case (tried multiple ways, and achieve same results).
Thermal paste is applied as suggested here. Actually, when I had built the PC, I used a nice amount in the middle, as I had done in earlier years (been a while since I played with hardware on a regular basis). But, seeing as 1 core consistently ran higher, I researched and found Arctic Silvers recommendation....
Arctic Silver 5 Instructions for Quad Core Intel CPU w/Heatspreader:
Core temps usually go as follows, on Idle...
0 - 42-44c
1 - 42-44c
2 - 44-47c
3 - 46-52c
I have read all over and get different thoughts. Here are the questions.....
1. I had read a data sheet from Intel recommending the ENTIRE IHS with compound. Your thoughts/experiences with the Core2 family?
2. I had also read reviews of people using the stock sink/fan and achieving IDLE temps within the 30-35c range... Why is mine so high?
3. Can you recommend a decently priced cooler that might perform better than this one?
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