Solved PowerSpec i5 Desktop. Replaced cpu fan and video card. Tags: CPUs Graphics Cards Last response: December 20, 2011 5:10 AM in CPUs Share netentropy 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. More about : powerspec desktop replaced cpu fan video card | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove king smp CPUs Master Graphics card Master 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 | Report abuse netentropy 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. | Report abuse king smp CPUs Master Graphics card Master 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 | Report abuse Related ressources General PC with Room to Grow (~$800) - Forum Disabled person needs your expertise/opinions - Forum Intel Core i5 3570k fan delay [ video ] - Forum I5 or i7? ( desktop upgrade for gaming) - Forum PC for Grandma. which build is best - Forum Ask the community Publish netentropy 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? | Report abuse Best solution king smp CPUs Master Graphics card Master 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 | Report abuse netentropy December 20, 2011 5:01:03 AM I'll try these suggestions. Thank you for your time. | Report abuse netentropy December 20, 2011 5:01:16 AM Best answer selected by netentropy. | Report abuse king smp CPUs Master Graphics card Master 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 | Report abuse king smp CPUs Master Graphics card Master 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 | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>CPUs>PowerSpec i5 Desktop. 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