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Hi - If you bought a boxed i7-2600 CPU the "gray substance" is a thermal interface material and I recommend you use it as taken out of the box to preclude any warranty problems with Intel. Monitor your temperatures to ensure they remain within spec. Regards. Peter
You've put my mind at rest.
I can start assembly now.
I keep an eye on the CPU temp.
I'm also building a desktop for music production. I have not bought my components yet but I have a good idea of what I want to get.
I wanted to know how your computer is running with your music production software so far? I'm going to be using Reason 6. I read that
I should get a heatsink for my i7 2600K and not rely on the stock heatsink. Also I was considering 8GB of ram but I see you have 16GB - are you seeing a
huge difference? Here's what I'm looking at:
5. G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR (Model:F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR) - Although I want to double this perhaps.
7.COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
Do you have any other recommendations??
So far the standard heatsink is working fine on the 2600k cpu, all temps are within Intel specifications. I dont think music production will push the cpu as hard as gaming will. My system is dedicated to music production so I dont think I'll need to improve the heatsink.
I've loaded protools and it runs fine. My next effort will to install cubase 6 and some east west/quantum leap virtual instruments(Goliath, symphonic orchestra etc) hence the 16gb of ram. From my understanding these samples and ram hungary, so if you plan to use virtual instruments ram up my friend. 32 gb will be my aim when 8gb sticks come down in price.
Just be warned about windows 7 the lower home versions have limited ram recognition so if you up your ram aim for win7 professional or above.
Hope the assembly goes well for you. I checked and rechecked everything before booting mine up. Presto it started like a dream. The 2600k cpu is a beauty and the Z68 chipset works like a dream and not having to install a graphic card was blissful.
So what is the Intel specifications for the temperature of the i7-2600k?
From my research with the standard heatsink 29C at idle to 60C underload.