I'm in the process of building my new system and I'm a little worried that the cooling system I've used isn't good enough.
The CPU is an Intel QX6700 Quad Core linked up to a EVGA nForce 680i mainboard. The PC also has Dual Nvidia 8800 GTX's running in SLi (both are using standard fan/heatsink cooling), a SB X-Fi Extreme Music card and 2GB Corsair XMS2 Dominator PC6400 RAM.
This is all held together in a Thermaltake Armour LCS Super Tower with built in water cooling. Powered by an Enermax Galaxy 1000w PSU.
Drives are 5x 250GB Seagate SATA2, a SONY DVD writer and a SONY DVD player
Is the standard CPU water block that comes with this case enough to keep the temp down? The case also has a 120mm Racing Level Radiator with dual 2400x120x25mm fans & the pump can move 500l per hour. The coolant is Thermaltakes own brand.
I've also used Artic Silver 5 Thermal compound between CPU and water block.
I'm not planning on overclocking the sytem when complete so this isn't an issue with me.
Will this set up run at a cool enough temp? It's cost me a bit and I'd hate to cook it!
first run the system check for leaks - you should be able too - get all the air out.
second turn it on and go right to bios and hardware and check your temps - let i ideal in bios for 1 hour while you watch it. if you see 40-50c you good to go. water starts out higher but as you max the system it does not rise like air cooling spread is much smaller.
then boot and run 4 stablity tests - google stablity test and down load it.
Even the lowest end water coolers should be able to cool it sufficiently without any overclocking. As long as you have the system installed properly and the block seated well etc. you should have nothing to worry about.
If at some point you intend to overclock then I'd watch temps closely as a general rule anyway.