vkoval

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I just receied a new vostro dell with an E8500 cpu and i was just wondering whether or not I would need a third party cooling method for Overclocking it to around 4.25ghz. I know that these chips run much cooler than the previous generation or pretty much anything out there but wasnt sure if I could stick with the factory fan or would need better cooling. I have searched the forum but could not find any concrete answers to this noob question.
 

Evilonigiri

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The stock cooler that comes with the E8500 is puny! Half the size of the one that came with the Q6600. Naturally you'd have to get a better cooler to OC any.

I recommend the Xigmatek S1283, but watch your NB and/or mobo temps.
 

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Most Dells don't come with the stock cooler. There is a gigantic one on my parents' Pentium D. Check out CompuTronix's Core 2 Duo temp guide and then make a decision.
 

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I thought the Vostro's bios would be locked by Dell. XPS's are the only ones capable to my knowledge, and then only certain ones at that.