But I have a few questions, should I add a fan to the northbridge chip to help it keep cool as some people say it can get quite hot even without overclocking. And if so, what size fan for the northbridge chip. Also would the stock intel cooler be sufficient cooling since I am hoping to be able to overclock it to 3.0 GHz.
One more question regarding installing the motherboard, should I use non conducting washers between the screws or is it ok to just use the metal screws that came with my Ultra atx computer case to install the motherboard.
Thanks in advance for any help as this will be my first computer upgrade and overclock attempt.
I had trouble many years ago (Pentium 150) when I dropped out an insulating washer from under the motherboard. I've never had a problem insulating both above and below. I use pvc electrical tape under the board -- easier to install and the insulating washers are too hard to find.
The board will be grounded through the psu connector and through the connector surround at the back.
Too many grounds leads to ground loops.
Thanks DanceMan, I think I will insulate just to be on the safe side, and that electrical tape is a pretty good idea as you don't have to worry about a washer falling off and causing a short circuit. Just one thing less to worry about.
Last edited by silverarrow; November 19th, 2007 at 05:14 PM.
Well this is an update, I finally got my new motherboard and cpu installed. I removed the thermal goop on the stock Intel cooler and replaced it with Arctic silver Céramique, also it’s running at stock voltage and room temp is about 24 degrees, but I’m concerned about the temps. My cpu is the new M0 stepping.
With stock cooler and stock speed ,It’s 33 degrees idle and 52 degrees under load running prime 95 on both cores.
After overclocking to 8x333= 2.66ghz the load temp shot up to 64 degrees, but as soon as I stop prime the temps rapidly falls to 34 degrees. I tried 9x333 = 3.00ghz and the temps went up to 66 degrees while prime 95 was running but returned to 34 degrees after a 1 minute when I stop prime.
Some people experiencing similar temps think this is poor internal heat spreader contact.
Is this normal for my cpu? And should I invest in an artic cooler freezer pro cooler?
I would like to be able to run my rig at 3 ghz (9x333) but I don’t want to risk damaging my cpu.
Last edited by silverarrow; January 4th, 2008 at 05:32 PM.