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PowerSpec i5 Desktop. Replaced cpu fan and video card.

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December 20, 2011 4:02:19 AM

Hello,

I recently purchased a PowerSpec from Microcenter.

After getting it home I checked out the parts and was pretty happy. The fans were loud though and so I decided to change them and upgrade the video card.

After installing a Cool Master Hyper TX3 and adding a Nvidia GeForce 560ti, I watched the temps for a few hours to make sure I applied the heat sinks thermo conductor correctly.

I ran some graphics benchmarks to see how the GPU behaved.

I have two points of concern.

1) When looking at SpeedFan monitor I noticed one temperature labelled SMIOVT4 is always slightly high around 50C compared to 30C for all other monitors.

Is it possible the fan is crowding the memory and this is what SMIOVT4 represents?

2) When running Unigine Heaven the GPU temp kicks up at around 84C fairly quickly?

I am not a big gamer so I don't know if this is normal or not.

Thanks for any comments.
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December 20, 2011 4:26:37 AM

well speed fan is know to have some weird sensor readings

sometimes it is reading sensors that are not even there

try HWinfo instead
http://www.hwinfo.com/

easier to read in my humble opinion

also 84c is a little high for the GPU but not outrageous

really depends on your ambient room temp

if your room temp is between 20-22c or 68-71 than that is a little high

sometimes a free fix is to remove a PCI slot blank next to the GPU
can help cool it

or if you have a PCI card right next to the GPU then move it farther away if possible

can consider a pci slot cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

can be a cheap way to reduce GPU temps

overall I wouldnt be drastically worried
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December 20, 2011 4:47:05 AM

Hey thanks for the response.

This was my first time changing out a cpu fan / heat sink so I am a bit nervous.

It is a DP67DE motherboard and after adding the fan / heat sink and the Nvidia card there was little room.

It seems to me there isn't much space for airflow.

The cpu fan is really close to the first memory stick and the video card is close to the bottom of the case.

I decided to look at the temps using CPUID hardware monitor and then downloaded Everquest 2 just to see what would happen in a game.

All for cores are reporting about 53 C (max) now and the GPU is around 65.

Again I am just not sure of the norms so I can judge if there is a problem.
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December 20, 2011 4:49:42 AM

those temps are fine

really need to know your room temp at the moment of testing

case temps without a room temp stated are hard to judge

but those temps are within normal for running a game

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December 20, 2011 4:52:19 AM

room temp is about 71 F by the thermostat. I would say it might be slightly warmer on the side of the room.

I really appreciate your comments.

What would be a sign something was wrong or that I applied the therm conductor incorrectly?
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December 20, 2011 5:00:00 AM

if heatsink or thermal paste was applied wrong your temps would go much more higher

at 71f you the temps sound pretty good

i would worry if I was you

if you really want to stress your GPU then use Furmark

http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/

run it for about a half hour in a windowed mode so you can see you temp monitors

watch it carefully

if your GPU doesnt go above 80-85 then you are fine

below 80 is better

like i said remove one of the metal blanks in the tower covering the PCI slots
can make a difference
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December 20, 2011 5:01:03 AM

I'll try these suggestions. Thank you for your time.
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December 20, 2011 5:01:16 AM

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December 20, 2011 5:08:24 AM

if heatsink or thermal paste was applied wrong your temps would go much more higher

at 71f you the temps sound pretty good

i would worry if I was you

if you really want to stress your GPU then use Furmark

http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/

run it for about a half hour in a windowed mode so you can see you temp monitors

watch it carefully

if your GPU doesnt go above 80-85 then you are fine

below 80 is better

like i said remove one of the metal blanks in the tower covering the PCI slots
can make a difference
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December 20, 2011 5:10:54 AM

thank for the best answer
the mods will close this thread now
so click on my picture and shoot me a private message with your Furmark results
I would be curious
best regards
King SMP

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