First Computer Build Help

So I just finished building my new computer. It's a maximus extreme with a q6600 cooled by a zalman 9700 in a cooler master 830. I put 2 120 thermaltake fans in the door (1 shooting air out at the top, in the space to the right of where the zalman in, and one diagonal from it on the bottom shooting air in).

My question is one that has probably been asked before. (I'm sorry, but I couldn't find a thread... my eyes are going :pt1cable: after searching so many forums) What I'm wondering is wether or not my cpu temps will lower after the 200 hours or so arctic silver 5 says it needs to fully break in. Also, my q6600 is running at about 50 degrees celsius according to bios, is that about where it should be for my heatsink? (I can't check temps with anything else yet, as i'm still waiting on an OS lol) Ambient room temps are at about 60-70 farenheitieheioe.
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  1. They will probally drop maybe 2-4 C once broken in. Wait and see what the temps are once you get the OS installed. My temps in bois are about 44C and in the OS low 30s to high 20s depending on my room temps.
  2. That seems kind of high.. Mine idles in the high to mid 20s in the BIOS with an Ultra 120 eXtreme.. I realize it's a better cooler but the Idle temps should be a bit lower.
  3. Is bios idle? I read somewhere that bios is using 80% of the system, which seems pretty weird to me. Also, I have the SLACR model of the q6600 rather than the b3. Forgot to mention that. I'm worried that I put the artic silver 5 on wrong. I tried the line method their website recommended but it looked like i put to much on, so I smeared it around a bit with my finger sheathed in a zip lock bag then spread it with a casino card. I haven't lapped anything as I'm new to this and am afraid of rubbing expensive stuff with sandpaper.
  4. cobragoodingjr said:
    Is bios idle? I read somewhere that bios is using 80% of the system, which seems pretty weird to me. Also, I have the SLACR model of the q6600 rather than the b3. Forgot to mention that. I'm worried that I put the artic silver 5 on wrong. I tried the line method their website recommended but it looked like i put to much on, so I smeared it around a bit with my finger sheathed in a zip lock bag then spread it with a casino card. I haven't lapped anything as I'm new to this and am afraid of rubbing expensive stuff with sandpaper.


    It's close enough to idle for me.
  5. I'm going to get the os, check the temps with coretemp or something. If it's showing up high there I'm guessing the best thing to do would be to clean the heatsink, rename it zalman rushdie, clean the cpu and redo the installation. What temps should I be shooting for? Low 30's? Also, what's a good program for monitoring the temps?
  6. The BIOS does actually use alot of CPU power believe it or not.

    I would also think its a little high. Would suggest a reseat of the sink, however, to do this properly id be taking the motherboard out of the case again... do you really wanna do that too see if you can get a few degrees cause i wouldnt. If its running ok, id leave it go ;)
  7. tjunc 100
    core 0 40
    core 1 40
    core 2 35
    core 3 38

    This seems high to me
  8. the above tmeps i got withe coretemp (i finally go my os, yay)
  9. ambient temp is about 70 degrees faranhiet
  10. My ambient is around 69-70F and I'm getting 35, 35, 30, 30.

    This is with an Ultra 120 though.
  11. those temps are fine, now just make sure they dont to get to hot under load
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