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Can someone please look this over and tell me if everything looks ok.

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February 12, 2014 3:56:26 PM

I've never put on an aftermarket cpu cooler before today, but I just installed a Thermalright True Spirit 120m bw to replace the stock cooler on my i5 3470. I had been having idle temps in the 30's and 40's and under load I was getting up to 90 degrees celsius or even a hair over.

After the install I looked at open hardware monitor and my idle temps are now mid 20's to low 30's. I then ran prime95 small fft's for about 20 minutes. The temps hovered in the low to mid 60's except for one, which peaked at 70. I read that it is normal for one core to be a little hotter so I'm not too concerned there.

I think everything turned out ok, I'm just hoping someone with more experience can tell me 'yes, you did a good job' or 'no, you need to take it off and try again.'

Thanks so much guys!

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February 12, 2014 4:08:00 PM

yes. that is a great improvement over the stock fan. but thermalright isnt really a well known brand so it could have been better with a better brand
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February 12, 2014 4:16:48 PM

It's a little toasty. How did you apply the thermal paste? I'd recommend trying it again. Clean off the old stuff with isopropyl alcohol (75-90%) and a lint-free material.

The use the pea method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hNgFNH7zhQ
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February 12, 2014 4:17:18 PM

Thank you. I was going to use a hyper 212 evo but it would have been a really tight fit in my case. The cooler I picked had a lower profile and really good reviews. Thanks again!
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February 12, 2014 4:31:12 PM

I cleaned off the old stuff with alcohol and a coffee filter then used a pea sized amount, but I put half on the cpu and half on the base of the cooler before sticking it on and pressing down to spread it out. I think I'm going to keep it the way it is and just monitor it for a little while.
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February 12, 2014 4:47:06 PM

Alright. 70C at load on a somewhat budget cooler isn't bad anyway.
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February 12, 2014 4:51:54 PM

JOOK-D said:
Alright. 70C at load on a somewhat budget cooler isn't bad anyway.


Right, I'd just enjoy your better performance as is. Silicon lasts about twice as long for each 10 degrees C, so your improvement is quite notable.


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February 12, 2014 5:03:07 PM

Thanks for responding so quickly everyone. I appreciate all the input.
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February 13, 2014 12:18:04 AM

JOOK-D said:
It's a little toasty. How did you apply the thermal paste? I'd recommend trying it again. Clean off the old stuff with isopropyl alcohol (75-90%) and a lint-free material.

The use the pea method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hNgFNH7zhQ


JOOK-D said:
Alright. 70C at load on a somewhat budget cooler isn't bad anyway.


Update! I am an idiot. I put the fan on the wrong side of the heatsink. My temps are now mid 50's with a peak of 62c. So about 8-10 degrees cooler than before and 30+ degrees cooler than stock. Thanks for telling me it was a little warm still. I probably wouldn't have kept looking at it and realized something was wrong otherwise.
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February 13, 2014 12:55:05 AM

spdbump08 said:
JOOK-D said:
It's a little toasty. How did you apply the thermal paste? I'd recommend trying it again. Clean off the old stuff with isopropyl alcohol (75-90%) and a lint-free material.

The use the pea method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hNgFNH7zhQ


JOOK-D said:
Alright. 70C at load on a somewhat budget cooler isn't bad anyway.


Update! I am an idiot. I put the fan on the wrong side of the heatsink. My temps are now mid 50's with a peak of 62c. So about 8-10 degrees cooler than before and 30+ degrees cooler than stock. Thanks for telling me it was a little warm still. I probably wouldn't have kept looking at it and realized something was wrong otherwise.


Congrats, you just doubled the life of your CPU again.
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