I'm a broke computer nut so all my computers are outdated but I have a habit of upgrading them for cheap to better specs.
My laptop started it's life with vista basic, 1Gb ram (ddr2-6400), celeron 900 (2.2Ghz), 160Gb HDD, realtek wireless G/B (2 antennas)
It is now Win 8.1, 3Gb ram (ddr2-6400), core 2 duo (2.1Ghz), 500Gb HDD, Intel wireless N/G/B (3 antennas)
Desktop started as a Dell (I know it still technically is) Vostro mid tower, 300W psu, DG33M03 mobo, 2.33Ghz Core 2 duo, 1Gb ram (ddr2-6400) and windows XP.
Now in a Thermaltake V3 black edition case with Thermalkake TR2-430W, same mobo, Q6600 core 2 quad 2.4Ghz oc to 2.92Ghz, 5Gb ram (ddr2-6400) and windows 7 ultimate 64 bit. 4x120mm case fans (2 of them are 38mm thick Hi/low switch 108Cfm/48Cfm).
I have under $100 into my desktop including what I paid for the used Vostro.
The desktop is what leads me here as this is the first time I've needed help with cooling an OC computer. I've managed to get the temps down a bit (2°C hotter than before the OC) but still not happy with the temp (42-46°C idle & that I've seen under relatively heavy load 72°C)
That said the big issue I know is the stock heatsink (I replaced the 42Cfm 80mm fan with a 68Cfm 92mm fan and that helped) being broke I've been looking around for cheap options but not sure if either of these would be good (about all I can find in my budget)
Also I'd like to find a Q6700 to get 3.25Ghz OC at some point down the road.
Edited by whitefiretiger, 07 June 2015 - 12:45 AM.