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PowerSpec i5 Desktop. Replaced cpu fan and video card.

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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  1. 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=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006519&isNodeId=1&Description=pci+slot+cooler&x=0&y=0

    can be a cheap way to reduce GPU temps

    overall I wouldnt be drastically worried
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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?
  5. Best answer
    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
  6. I'll try these suggestions. Thank you for your time.
  7. Best answer selected by netentropy.
  8. 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
  9. 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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