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February 1, 2008 8:50:54 PM

Finally purchased and built my very first home-built computer. I just want to make sure everything is running as it should, since I'm not sure what temps/scores I should get. Here is my setup...

E8400 stock speed and cooling
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
EVGA 8800GT 512MB stock
2x1GB Mushkin DDR2-800 RAM (manually set timings in BIOS to 4-5-4-11 @ 2.1V since that is was specs say)
Coolermaster 534 case (1 side 120mm intake fan, 1 rear 120mm exhaust fan)
Enermax 460W FMAII PSU
250GB Seagate 7200RPM 8MB cache hard drive
NEC DL-DVD burner (IDE, from old computer)
Vista Ultimate 32-bit

Ran 3DMark06 last night, scored 11,247 (5214, 4629, 2745). CoreTemp is currently reading 53/55, with GrabIt running and decoding usenet download. I'm not sure what idle temp is, I'll get that after this download finishes. Speedfan says Temp1=36, Temp2=35, Temp3=-2(?), HD0=39. Everything seem ok temperature wise? I ran prime95 for a few minutes last night but stopped it once the temp of one of the cores reached 60. Anything else I should run, or change?

Oh yeah, and all fans are at 100% all the time (not sure if I wired them correctly, but its not really loud). I'm thinking about getting another 120mm fan for the front of the case as another intake fan.

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February 1, 2008 9:04:24 PM

It looks like its running a little hot for what you have non-oced, I'd suggest reseating the heatsink/applying new thermal grease. Usually does wonders.
February 1, 2008 10:08:18 PM

Your processor can safely go above 60C while under load, so don't worry about it. I would be more concerned if it was hitting 80C or higher. Take Hawkspur's advice and maybe invest in a $40 heatsink for the processor, the stock cooling is generally crap.

Your 3Dmark score seems like it's in the ballpark, so you're good as far as performance goes. Just cool that CPU down!
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February 2, 2008 1:47:31 AM

I've been looking at some CPU cooling, but the way my case is I want one with the fan that blows straight out from the CPU (it has this port/vent thing that is aimed at the CPU on the side door). I'm not sure which ones are good and whatnot.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 2, 2008 2:03:25 AM

Just curious, did your board come with the latest BIOS? Did you need to flash it?
February 2, 2008 4:33:45 AM

It did not come with the latest, it came with F6. I installed Vista just fine on F6, but later flashed it to F8a just to be on the safe side.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 2, 2008 4:52:32 AM

Thanks! That GA-P35-DS3L/E8400 combo is recommended a lot around here. Nice to know it actually works. :) 

You didn't need a floppy drive to flash, did you?
a b B Homebuilt system
February 2, 2008 5:03:46 AM

About the CPU coolers: Anandtech has some great reviews where you can compare performance and noise of several coolers. Examples:

Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme + Scythe S-Flex SFF21F - low noise, #1 performance, expensive, huge
http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.aspx?i=2981

Zerotherm Nirvana - #2 performance, a bit noisy under load
http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.aspx?i=3202

Tuniq Tower - #3 performance, a bit noisier than the Nirvana under load
http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.aspx?i=2906

Scythe Ninja - very good performance, medium price, low noise - that's what I'm using these days
http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.aspx?i=2965

Thermalright Ultima-90 + Scythe S-Flex SFF21F - good performance, low noise, fits in smaller cases
http://www.anandtech.com/casecoolingpsus/showdoc.aspx?i=3068

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