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Core i7 950 a bit warm

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October 2, 2010 11:27:00 PM

Hey guys, I just built a new pc the other day with a Core i7 950 dropped into an Asus Sabertooth with a Cooler Master 212+ on top. I've been around tomshardware for a bit now, but sadly, this is my first time installing a heatsink :) 

So it's idling around 40 c right now and it gets upto around 46 after some Bad Company 2, but that's not satisfactory. I'm using an NZXT Lexa S case with pretty good airflow so i'm thinking that I made a rookie mistake applying the thermal compound.

1. any suggestion for how to apply it? ( i kinda had a mixed up blob :D  )

2. Can i redo/add thermal paste without removing the motherboard?

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October 2, 2010 11:50:41 PM

the ricegrain method does not work optimally with hdt coolers, put a small line along each of the heatpipes then install, the dot method is only for flat surfaced coolers
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October 2, 2010 11:55:20 PM

xaira said:
the ricegrain method does not work optimally with hdt coolers, put a small line along each of the heatpipes then install, the dot method is only for flat surfaced coolers

so can i just use that method to modify the existing coating of thermal compound? I'm guessing complete removal would be messy..
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October 3, 2010 12:12:13 AM

its not necessary, but i always like to start clean when dealing with thermalpaste
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October 3, 2010 1:11:58 AM

Oh and I'm using the thermal paste that came with the HSF. That's okay right?
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October 3, 2010 3:29:44 AM

thats fine
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October 3, 2010 7:58:15 AM

My i7 950 idle temps between 33-41c with the Corsair H50, I'd say your actually pretty good on the temps.
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October 3, 2010 7:00:25 PM

^ +1

your temps are fine
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October 3, 2010 9:07:55 PM

Wow the chip runs that hot? What's its heat tolerance then? I'm afraid to overclock it at this point...
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October 3, 2010 11:23:57 PM

that chip can handle temps over 80c

anything under 60c is completely normal, don't worry about it.
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October 4, 2010 9:51:34 AM

I have a i7 930 @ 3.8GHZ OC'd - Idle temps 38-44oC and 60-70oC under load.

This is due to room temperature, dust build up and if my door is open or not.

The limits are 100oC for these, and i have yet to see mine on a VERY warm day go above 70oC. Aslong as the load temp is below 75-80oC your fine.
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October 4, 2010 8:08:24 PM

Oh wow, nice then! So i should just overclock the hell out of it then :p  Thanks guys!
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October 4, 2010 8:08:42 PM

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