My temps are driving me crazy. I have a Cooler Master Storm Scout case, an intel i7-920, Coolermaster V8 CPU cooler, Asus P6x58D-Premium, 6Gb DDR3 1600 RAM, 3 Sata HDDs and a 1000W Modular PSU.
Well I WAS getting temps about 29-31C when just browsing the internet and idling and about 45C when playing games. My case has slots for 2 more 120mm fans so I purchased 2 more of Coolermaster's fans that they recommend for the Scout, installed them and low and behold my temps shot up about 10C. WTF. Well after talking to some folks here and on different websites, and after talking to my brother in law who is an engineer that specializes in fluid and air currents, the decision was unanimous that I disturbed the flow of air over the components and that hot air was getting trapped somewhere in the case and that is what is causing my high temps.
Well I removed the extra fans and my temps still have not gone back down, they are at the same highs they were with the fans. Is it normal for temps to go up and stay up like this, even after removing the initial cause? I have only had this rig for about a month or less so i dont think my thermal compound would need redone by now, and all of my fans are working and what not.
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It is almost impossible to 'trap hot air' inside a case with such heavy air flow. Air or gas to be more precise will always go from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration - especially heated gas. That being said I agree with the above poster in that you knocked something loose when you installed the fans/meddled with your case. The worst thing that will happen when you install extra fans is that the temperatures will stay the same the only exception being if you had a HOT gpu and fan taking the heat off of that a blowing it directly onto the cpu heatsink - which is nonsensical in itself but more for demonstration purposes.
I understand that, but when they were once at 29C idle and about 37-45C under load, I dont want them at 55C like they are now.
Idle and load temps can vary, particularly if there has been a change in ambient temperature. You'd be surprised by how much too. You said you've only had the rig for about a month so it's possible you just haven't come across the higher end of the CPU's temperature range. I can't say for sure though since I don't know anything about the location of the computer or the room it's in.