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Liquid Cooling System TOO HOT!!!

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January 24, 2010 11:59:43 AM

My processor idles at about 50-60 degrees celsius, and I just recently installed a new radiator. I have an Intel Core i7-920 processor, not overclocked.
January 24, 2010 12:11:57 PM

And the new radiator didnt help
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January 24, 2010 1:28:33 PM

it would probably help if you posted your system specs (i myself don't know a ton about WC)
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January 24, 2010 1:50:55 PM

Specs:

Intel DX58SO
Intel Core i7-920 @ 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz TurboBoost
OCZ Triple Channel 6GB 1066MHz DDR3 Memory
Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2
Plextor PX-880SA
Plextor PX-B320SA
Two Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
Antec Earthwatts 500W
Thermaltake Armor+ LCS
Thermaltake BigWater 780e, came installed in case
Thermaltake TMG1 Radiator, added by me as rear fan
Thermaltake Blue LED Smart Fan, added by me as top fan
January 24, 2010 1:54:31 PM

I'm not sure if I should stick with what I have, reinstall the LCS, get another radiator, get new/replacement LCS components, or just switch back to air cooling.
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January 24, 2010 1:58:14 PM

Reseat your CPU block, check your flow, check the fans on your rad and try changing their orientation (i.e. try pushing if you're pulling or visa versa)
January 24, 2010 2:05:28 PM

Also, the LCS came with thermal compound, and I'm not sure if that is good compound, cheap compound, or what, but I got some OCZ Freeze thermal compound, and I'm not sure if it's better or not.

Could the compound possibly be the problem?
If so, is the OCZ Freeze a good compound?
January 24, 2010 2:20:32 PM

coasterman said:
Also, the LCS came with thermal compound, and I'm not sure if that is good compound, cheap compound, or what, but I got some OCZ Freeze thermal compound, and I'm not sure if it's better or not.

Could the compound possibly be the problem?
If so, is the OCZ Freeze a good compound?


FOR REFERENCE:

I'm using OCZ Freeze and a XIGMATEK Dark Knight 120mm CPU Cooler.

My Core i7 920 is overclocked to 1.275 Volts and a frequency of 167x21 or 3507 MHz.

It idles from 45-50C and maxes out at around 77C. A little hot, but it's not gonna kill it. However, I'm pretty sure that when I built it I didn't put on the thermal compound right. I'm afraid that it's gonna get hotter though since it sits right in front of the sun and it's coming to Summer, plus it's been about a month since I cleaned the dust and the temps have already raised a couple of degrees. The fan is ALWAYS at 100%.

January 28, 2010 12:21:07 AM

Right now light work (word documents) leaves it at 55C. Idle is only a couple degrees less. Even while idling, the CPU usage is about 0-20%.

The new radiator helped about 5-10 degrees C.
I also have the CPU set to undervolt to 1.15 volts on reboot.

Does anyone have advice as to undervolting and/or optimal running temps?
January 31, 2010 4:42:00 PM

I just found out that the temp monitor I used give distance from 100C, not the actual temp, so never mind, my PC is okay, not too hot.
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