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Originally Posted by sintricate View Post
I'm having some real issues here... hopefully it's something simple I missed.

I plugged my board in, plugged in my OS hdd from my old computer and tried to boot to windows but after the windows animation, it just restarts. I don't even see a bios screen. My screen turns on, blanks out until the windows animation comes up and then retarts. I keep getting that over and over.
Also, sometimes my keyboard works and sometimes it doesnt all of a sudden... not sure whats going on.

I'm using the onboard video at the moment. I'd like to get this solved asap
you may need to reinstall windows apparently windows doesnt like being run on new motherboards
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CPU idle temp is 40C... Someone please help.

I see you most people averaging low 30's when system is complete idled (sitting on windows 7 desktop). What's going on and why is my cpu so warm?

As far as fans on the case goes, I have 1-120mm fan in the front and 1-95mm fan in the back. Planning to add 2 more intake fans on the side later but my idle temp shouldn't even differ that much after.

For CPU cooling, I'm using Noctura NH-U9B SE2 with Low-Noise Adaptor (spinning at ~1300rpm pushing 52,6 m³/h of air) on both push-pull fans. Cooler is oriented horizontally so the air is pulled from the front of the case and exits toward the rear where the 92mm exhaust fan is.

Thermal Compound is XIGMATEK PTI-G4512, which came free with the Noctura from the egg. I used the plastic applicator and spread the compound around the cpu. However, after putting the cooler down on the cpu, I decided to change the orientation of the cooler so I pulled the cooler off the cpu and added another small-sized bead of compound in the middle of the cpu. I didn't smooth out the compound the second time I attached the cooler.

What could it be? I tried to explained everything that might be relevant to the scenario. Thanks for your help!
When you seat a heatsink, you need to be very sure of its' orientation beforehand. Picking up a heatsink covered in goop and replacing it creates bubbles of air in the thermal compound which become superheated and prevent your cooler from cooling properly. Yank the heatsink, clean off the CPU and the heatsink block entirely. Make a blob on top of the CPU core the size of a large piece of rice (you can even do this outside of the mobo if you're careful putting it back in). Use a credit card to spread it over the entire CPU core, leaving no bare areas and making sure the thickness of the paste is the thickness of a credit card at most. Even a very thin layer should be adequate. Don't use too much. Make sure it is smooth and there are no bubbles or craters. Think the perfect peanut butter sandwich Place the heatsink straight down in the orientation it will lay to rest finally, and secure it in. This is sometimes difficult depending on the heatsink's design, but do the best you can not to move it around on the CPU core. This will help with heat transfer.
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I don't even bother spreading it with a credit card, just do a rice-grain sized dot in the middle of the CPU and install the HSF. The paste will spread itself out better (less air pockets) than you could hope for with spreading it out manually. Remember that the compound is just there to fill in the microscopic gaps in the surface of the heatspreader and heatsink... the amount you actually need for the best performance is very small, and you don't need to cover the entire heatspreader, just the area above the cores themselves.

edit: Video!


Temps in the low 30s idle, low 60s load at 1.45V/4.8GHz. Using Shin-Etsu paste but Arctic Silver 5 is good as well.
Edited by blah238 - 7/29/11 at 2:10am
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Could anyone tell me why the BIOS has all 4 cores as active but I only see 2 cores/4 threads in Windows?

edit: Got my core number issue straightened out when I did a new windows installation.
Edited by sintricate - 7/29/11 at 4:56am
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I didn't reinstall windows 7 with mine. Just ran the driver installers from the cd and uninstalled a couple of asrock's utilities. From p67 to asus z68 sweet!
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I started getting BSODs when I tried just booting from my existing install. Booted to safe mode, uninstalled all previous motherboard related drivers and it still kept BSOD'ing so I had to do a fresh install.
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CPU idle temp is 40C... Someone please help.

I see you most people averaging low 30's when system is complete idled (sitting on windows 7 desktop). What's going on and why is my cpu so warm?

As far as fans on the case goes, I have 1-120mm fan in the front and 1-95mm fan in the back. Planning to add 2 more intake fans on the side later but my idle temp shouldn't even differ that much after.

For CPU cooling, I'm using Noctura NH-U9B SE2 with Low-Noise Adaptor (spinning at ~1300rpm pushing 52,6 m³/h of air) on both push-pull fans. Cooler is oriented horizontally so the air is pulled from the front of the case and exits toward the rear where the 92mm exhaust fan is.

Thermal Compound is XIGMATEK PTI-G4512, which came free with the Noctura from the egg. I used the plastic applicator and spread the compound around the cpu. However, after putting the cooler down on the cpu, I decided to change the orientation of the cooler so I pulled the cooler off the cpu and added another small-sized bead of compound in the middle of the cpu. I didn't smooth out the compound the second time I attached the cooler.

What could it be? I tried to explained everything that might be relevant to the scenario. Thanks for your help!
Reapply the TIM but make sure you clean all the old TIM off first. Someone helpful has already posted the video I had in mind!

If that doesnt change anything, your idle temps are pretty useless anyway. I'd be more interested in your load temperatures, make sure they are good before you go changing anything.

Plus, i used to have a bug or sensor problem where my E7500 idle never went under 45c on my intel mATX board but on my Gigabyte ATX board it was about 33c. They were in the exactly same setup aswell.
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Could anyone tell me why the BIOS has all 4 cores as active but I only see 2 cores/4 threads in Windows?
For what CPU? Are you sure you actually have 4 cores? Stupid question I know, but a lot of people get confused with hyperthreading.
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For what CPU? Are you sure you actually have 4 cores? Stupid question I know, but a lot of people get confused with hyperthreading.
A 2600K, it says it in his sig...
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For what CPU? Are you sure you actually have 4 cores? Stupid question I know, but a lot of people get confused with hyperthreading.

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A 2600K, it says it in his sig...
Yup, 2600k.
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