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July 20, 2012 2:57:29 AM

Hey so I installed a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus on my i5 2400 today. It's not overclocked and my case's air flow is pretty good. The cpu's idle temp hovers around 36-41 C. Is this good or do i need to start fiddling with the heatsink?

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July 20, 2012 4:02:14 AM

Those temps are fine. My i5 2500k idles at about 38c. Its probably more important what the temp is under full load. Mine is about 60c under full load.
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July 20, 2012 5:21:45 AM

Good Temps....got the same cpu...idles around 32-33 C. everything stock. the stock thermal paste on the intel heatsinks is pretty darn good stuff :) 
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July 20, 2012 6:14:27 AM

fentini said:
Hey so I installed a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus on my i5 2400 today. It's not overclocked and my case's air flow is pretty good. The cpu's idle temp hovers around 36-41 C. Is this good or do i need to start fiddling with the heatsink?

Whats your room temp?
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July 20, 2012 7:02:11 AM

As nikorr asks that depends on room temp.. i5-2400+hyper 212 setup must give better temps than yours if the room temp is low.. I didn't mean that your temps are bad, but that setup must give better idle temps at normal room temp.. I have the same setup and it never hit 40C at idle.. (room temp 32C - Sri Lanka)
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July 20, 2012 1:11:51 PM

The room temp's like 28 C. Was my first time messing around with aftermarket heatsinks, so I'm just wondering if i did the thermal paste wrong.
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July 20, 2012 1:13:21 PM

The only wrong with the thermal paste is too much of it : )

It really needs as little as possible.
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July 20, 2012 1:20:34 PM

Well I drew a line of TP down the processor, and then put two tiny dabs on either side. Then used a plastic bag around my finger to spread it out. Is there a better way to do it?
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July 20, 2012 1:33:53 PM

fentini said:
Well I drew a line of TP down the processor, and then put two tiny dabs on either side. Then used a plastic bag around my finger to spread it out. Is there a better way to do it?


Yes... please turn off PC and remove the heatsink and clean up the processor. You just need to 1 or 2 drops of thermal paste right in the middle of the CPU, YOU DONT SPREAD IT with fingers, when the heatsink contacts this drop of paste it spreads evenly in a circular manner.
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July 20, 2012 1:35:37 PM

There are several different ways. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer. Before that, I would check your temps under load and see what they are. Your idle temps aren't bad.
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July 20, 2012 1:41:50 PM
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July 20, 2012 1:59:40 PM

I see. Thanks all. I'll redo the TP and maybe i'll get a better temp.
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July 20, 2012 2:00:11 PM

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July 20, 2012 2:00:52 PM

fentini said:
I see. Thanks all. I'll redo the TP and maybe i'll get a better temp.

BTW, did u use that much as well? Or more?
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July 20, 2012 2:02:03 PM

nikorr said:
BTW, did u use that much as well? Or more?

As much as in the pic? Probably a bit more. :/ 
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July 20, 2012 2:07:54 PM

Good luck : )
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