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I5 2500k barebones kit 90 degree celsius temps?

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December 18, 2011 8:46:10 PM

Hi all,

New to the forums, sorry if this is the wrong spot/format or anything.

I just bought a barebones kit of TigerDirect, and put it together myself (something I haven't done since I was a freshman in high school, 8 years ago). After some initial confusion, I got everything in the right place and she is up and running:

Specs:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z68 Express, DDR3 2133MHz, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready

Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail

Gigabyte GV-R687OC-1GD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.1, OC, DirectX 11, Dual DVI, Dual Mini DisplayPort, HDMI

2x Patriot PG34G1333EL Gamer 2 Desktop Memory Module - 4GB, PC3-10666, DDR3-1333MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS
2x G Skill Ripsaw Memory Module 4GB PC3-10666, DDR3-1333MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS

Corsair CSSD-F120GB3A-BK Force Series 3 Solid State Drive - 120GB, SATA III (6Gb/s), 2.5", up to 550MB/s Read, up to 510MB/s Write

Seagate 1TB Serial ATA HD 7200/32MB/SATA-6G

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 120mm LED Fan, 4x 5.25 Bays, 5x 3.5 Bays

D15-1220 Diablotek PSDA600 DA Series 600W Power Supply - ATX, 600 Watts, 2x 80mm Fans


After installing Windows, I ran Open Hardware Monitor to check temps/speeds, and she idles in the low 30's. Playing Starcraft on ultra settings seemed to bring me up into the 60's (which I read is ok?), but I just installed Battlefield Bad Company 2, and I loaded up a multiplayer game to test, I alt-tabbed to check the temp, and it was in the 90's (max was 98!). I instantly quit out in horror and now I'm very worried about it. I had the settings on the highest possible, I just re opened and put them on medium, and the same thing happened.

One note: I'm not using the stock cooling fan, I bought a 16 dollar LOGISYS Computer IC221PWM 92mm Hydro Theta 21 PWM Intel LGA 1156 CPU Cooling on NewEgg and Thermaltake CL-O0027 TG1 Extreme High Grade Thermal Grease. I tried my best to evenly apply the thermal paste, it took me like 20 minutes and a few drops might have gotten on the side of the processor (but not underneath at all), but fan doesn't seem to be fully secure. There is a fair amount of wiggle and the 4 pins holding it down, I don't know, just don't seem to be in right, so I will mess with this but is there anything else that could be the problem? Thanks in advance for any answers, I appreciate the help!

Last question: How easy is it to take off the cpu fan, scrape off the thermal paste, and reapply a new, higher quality fan or something like that? If I'm planning on doing a lot of high end games, is this something I need to get anyways? Is it a dumb idea for me to try and cheap out on the CPU fan? Thanks again.

Edit: CPU fan does spin, and RPMs seem fine.

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a c 218 à CPUs
December 18, 2011 9:03:27 PM

Since you just installed the cpu fan it will be fairly easy to remove it , the thermal paste is fresh and not old and hard to remove. If you do take it off try not to mess with the paste you say you dropped on the side of the cpu , you don't want to mess up the pins on the cpu or motherboard. Artec Silver 5 is just about the best thermal grease to use. You do get what you pay for and try not to go too cheap on the cpu fan , if you want high quality then you could look at this one;

ZALMAN CNPS11X Extreme V-Shaped Dual Heatpipe Design w/120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't want to spend that much then you could look at this one;

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 18, 2011 9:05:16 PM

how much paste did you use, its sounds like a lot, it should be grain of rice sized, maybe a tad more.
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December 18, 2011 9:05:53 PM

the pins should be rock solid, they will take some force to push through.
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December 18, 2011 9:13:31 PM

13thmonkey said:
how much paste did you use, its sounds like a lot, it should be grain of rice sized, maybe a tad more.


I put a rice sized dot on, and spread it out for about 10 minutes with a piece of chip-board. I just couldn't get it even, and when i would spread it towards the edges, sometimes little strings would kind of drop over the side if i lifted the piece I was using to spread. I don't think I used too much...
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December 18, 2011 9:14:20 PM

13thmonkey said:
the pins should be rock solid, they will take some force to push through.


Sorry not sure what you mean here? The CPU is seated correctly (at least its working...)
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December 18, 2011 9:56:20 PM

Check your BIOS to see if its using the onboard graphics of the CPU, I've had problems when trying to run graphically intensive tasks and at certain time theremps have jumped up to 96 c followed by a swift exit. Check your BiOS to see if your computer is usingyour discrete graphics card
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December 18, 2011 9:56:31 PM

inzone said:
Since you just installed the cpu fan it will be fairly easy to remove it , the thermal paste is fresh and not old and hard to remove. If you do take it off try not to mess with the paste you say you dropped on the side of the cpu , you don't want to mess up the pins on the cpu or motherboard. Artec Silver 5 is just about the best thermal grease to use. You do get what you pay for and try not to go too cheap on the cpu fan , if you want high quality then you could look at this one;

ZALMAN CNPS11X Extreme V-Shaped Dual Heatpipe Design w/120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler Compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't want to spend that much then you could look at this one;

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$33.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Alright thanks for the advice, I did some quick research and decided on this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So this brings me to another question: What is the best way to deal with this? Do I try to scrape off all the old thermal paste (if so, how, and with what?) If not, will I need to add some more as some will surely have stuck to the bottom of my current fan? What is the best way to do this? Thanks in advance.
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December 18, 2011 10:05:51 PM

danton49 said:
Hi all,

New to the forums, sorry if this is the wrong spot/format or anything.

I just bought a barebones kit of TigerDirect, and put it together myself (something I haven't done since I was a freshman in high school, 8 years ago). After some initial confusion, I got everything in the right place and she is up and running:

Specs:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 Motherboard - ATX, Socket H2 (LGA1155), Intel Z68 Express, DDR3 2133MHz, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready

Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail

Gigabyte GV-R687OC-1GD Radeon HD 6870 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.1, OC, DirectX 11, Dual DVI, Dual Mini DisplayPort, HDMI

2x Patriot PG34G1333EL Gamer 2 Desktop Memory Module - 4GB, PC3-10666, DDR3-1333MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS
2x G Skill Ripsaw Memory Module 4GB PC3-10666, DDR3-1333MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS

Corsair CSSD-F120GB3A-BK Force Series 3 Solid State Drive - 120GB, SATA III (6Gb/s), 2.5", up to 550MB/s Read, up to 510MB/s Write

Seagate 1TB Serial ATA HD 7200/32MB/SATA-6G

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 120mm LED Fan, 4x 5.25 Bays, 5x 3.5 Bays

D15-1220 Diablotek PSDA600 DA Series 600W Power Supply - ATX, 600 Watts, 2x 80mm Fans


After installing Windows, I ran Open Hardware Monitor to check temps/speeds, and she idles in the low 30's. Playing Starcraft on ultra settings seemed to bring me up into the 60's (which I read is ok?), but I just installed Battlefield Bad Company 2, and I loaded up a multiplayer game to test, I alt-tabbed to check the temp, and it was in the 90's (max was 98!). I instantly quit out in horror and now I'm very worried about it. I had the settings on the highest possible, I just re opened and put them on medium, and the same thing happened.

One note: I'm not using the stock cooling fan, I bought a 16 dollar LOGISYS Computer IC221PWM 92mm Hydro Theta 21 PWM Intel LGA 1156 CPU Cooling on NewEgg and Thermaltake CL-O0027 TG1 Extreme High Grade Thermal Grease. I tried my best to evenly apply the thermal paste, it took me like 20 minutes and a few drops might have gotten on the side of the processor (but not underneath at all), but fan doesn't seem to be fully secure. There is a fair amount of wiggle and the 4 pins holding it down, I don't know, just don't seem to be in right, so I will mess with this but is there anything else that could be the problem? Thanks in advance for any answers, I appreciate the help!

Last question: How easy is it to take off the cpu fan, scrape off the thermal paste, and reapply a new, higher quality fan or something like that? If I'm planning on doing a lot of high end games, is this something I need to get anyways? Is it a dumb idea for me to try and cheap out on the CPU fan? Thanks again.

Edit: CPU fan does spin, and RPMs seem fine.



I agree with Inzone, you do get what you pay for when going cheap with the cooler. From what I have read, the cooler you have purchased is approximately equivalent to the stock CPU Intel cooler that comes with the I5/I7. I don't think you have necessarily put the thermal paste on incorrectly given your idle temp was quite good.

The temperatures you have listed can be quite typical in my experience at idle and at high load on a stock cooler. (when I ran prime 95 at 100% load on a stock cooler I was getting temperatures 90+ (Celsius) When I installed an aftermarket Zalman Cooler my idle was 20-28 degrees Celsius, 58 degrees Celsius at 100% load.
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December 18, 2011 10:10:39 PM

Ok good to know! I just got a Zalman, so I'll make sure I put that on correctly and see what it does. Thanks for all your help!
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December 19, 2011 8:05:36 PM

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