Now that I've just finished a major upgrade of my computer and downloaded RivaTuner, I'm noticing that my processor temps are uncomfortably high for me at idle (in the 50's). I thought Intel's stock coolers were supposed to do the job, but I guess only barely, huh? As a result, I'm shopping for a good but reasonably quiet fan and heatsink for the processor. The one I'm currently looking at is this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16835186134
It's by far the most popular one on Newegg (over 1,000 sold!). It'll fit fine with my processor as it's a LGA775 socket and and Core 2 Duo (Conroe E6600). Think it's a good pick? Oh, I have the room for it too, as I have a full-size case, so no worries there either.
My concern is this: When it comes time to replace it, how do I gently take off the old fan and heatsink without wrecking my motherboard? I've read that I should leave my computer on for at least a solid 10 minutes to warm up and loosen the paste. Some say to use a hair dryer (and I don't have one). I'm paranoid about this because I tried to upgrade my processor on an older computer and ended up yanking it out of the motherboard because it was completely fused with the heatsink. The motherboard I have now is eVGA 680i SLI, and I'd HATE to ruin this one. Ah yes, do I wipe off the old paste with an alcohol pad or something? The heatsink I listed above already has paste applied (at least according the official product web page).
Moving further along, after installing the new fan and heatsink, assuming it works fine, I'd like to overclock my processor. Any good tutorials on how best to go about it? I've read that not only do I have a great CPU for overclocking, but my motherboard is pretty much engineered with that in mind. Figured I might as well crank it up to 3.0 ghz if I can, even though I've read that I can push it up to 3.4 if I want (no thanks). I know it's best to overclock in BIOS, but I need more details.