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    Post Q6600 idling at 35C stock with Zalman 9500 cooler


    Computer setup:
    Processor: Q6600 G0 Stepping (original) @ stock
    Motherboard: Abit IP35-Pro
    Cooler: Zalman 9500A (2ball)
    Case: Coolermaster.. (forgot model, 3 aux fans)
    Ram: 8gb Corsair

    Temperatures
    Idle: ~35 degrees Celsius
    Full: ~52 degrees Celsius

    I was getting these same temperatures with a ZEROTherm BTF95 so I bought a Zalman 9500. Even cranked all the way up to high - nothing changes.

    I setup the Zalman to feed off of an aux fan so I know its blowing cool air. and I've been building computers for over 10 years so I know what I am doing when it comes to setting it up / applying the right amount of silver and I'm just at a loss.

    When I first built this rig, my temps were idling at around 20 degrees so I really don't understand what could / would have changed. Any help would be *really* appreciated here.. I did a search but with these parameters, its hard to narrow something like this down.
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    What's wrong with that?

    I have a similar setup and CoreTemp says my idle is 30-35 degrees celcius

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    That's almost exactly what my Q6600 runs at too, albeit I have the generic heat sink on there. About 32-35C shortly after booting up maxing out about 55C on a hot day with the CPUs busy.

    20C is 68F ... if its reporting that low a CPU temp I'm going to call the reading itself inaccurate.
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    Thanks guys.. I was just concerned. I'll start cranking it up then and watch the temps..

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