RAM: 6GB PC3-10666 (Forgot the brand but they have a big red X on them)
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTS 250 1GB
PSU: Corsair 850w
I have a total of 6 120mmcase fans, 1 80mm PCI fan, 1 80mm RAM fan and 2 120mm CPU fans. It's like a perpetual tornado in there.
I recently upgraded from the stock cooler to a CM Hyper 212+. Installation was easy but I didn't notice any real temperature change at first. Then after about a week I'm noticing slightly better temps. I think I installed it wrong.
When I was applying the thermal past I just made an X on the processor and flattened it with a credit card enough to cover the whole surface. Then I slapped the HSF on.
I read somewhere that I was supposed to rub it on the HSF bottom first to get into the grooves of the heat pipes. I'm assuming that time has done that for me, hence better temps (well time and 5 additional fans).
Should I try to reseat my HSF using the right method or is it a waste of time? Also I used CM TIM that came with the HSF.
Idle : 30-45c, depends on room temp (Room Temp is generally 25.5c).
To test the load I run LinX 20 times with "All" selected for memory.
Also strange: CPU 1 and 2 run about 40c while CPU's 0 and 3 run about 31c. 9c seems like a larger-than-average difference. CPU's 0 and 3 even run cooler during load, only going to about 58c. 3.5 is a very subtle overclock; I just thought 62c seemed excessive; I see stories of other people with the 212+ cooler who have temps of 52c and 54c.
on HDT heatsinks, i usually put small lines directly onto the heatpipes and then slap that thing right onto the CPU, and if i have time afterward, i will OC a little and stress test a little to speed up the process of the thermal material setting in to a snug spot
Okay I screwed the HSF tight as it would go before the bolts underneath started turning. For ultimate tightness I probably need to take the mobo out so hopefully this suffices (Stupid Cooler Master made the access hole WAY too small!)
I also closed off the side since I only had 1 fan and I think it wasn't really helping. All it really did was muddle my exhaust with cool air (I'm going for equal or negative airflow; I think positive is ineffective).
Running LinX and I'm pretty sure I've reached thermal saturation since it's been about 15 minutes.
Core 0: 62c
Core 1: 58c
Core 2: 60c
Core 3: 56c
My temps did slightly improve except core 0 just seems to be a bugger bear. I guess I'm happy with these temps, well under TJ max and certainly safe.
I'm pretty happy with 3.5Ghz; do you think there's any reason for me to go higher? I'm wondering if I'll notice anything substantial by going to 3.8. I do a lot of rendering video in After Effects and Frames in Maya as well as some gaming.
Honestly I think my gaming will improve most from me getting a GTX 450 or a Radeon HD 5770 (can't decide yet; considered SLI GTS250 but it seemed like a waste since it doesn't have DX11).