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Thread: Cooler & Thermal Compound

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    Default Cooler & Thermal Compound

    I have the following:

    * Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
    * OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800

    I have not done any overclocking. System is running at stock speed. I would like to overclock this. From what I read, stock cooler and heatsink is not good enough. Can you recommend a good one that will fit in my system? Also, do I need to get thermal compound?

    Are these the best?

    * ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail
    * ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail


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    Default Re: Cooler & Thermal Compound

    The Freezer 7 Pro is a highly regarded cooler.
    MX-2 compound is good, but I think that there are different "flavors", some may be better than others. I use Ceramique by Arctic Silver, it's non conductive and works great.

    One of the most highly rated cpu coolers is the Noctua NH-C12P, extremely quiet, top tier cooling properties and it sells for $55, including their top of the line cooling fan.

    Some cooler manufacturers' websites provide a detailed drawing showing all the dimensions. Ram clearance can be an issue with some coolers because of the height of the ram's heat spreaders.

    TweakTown recently did a detailed review of this Noctua unit.
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