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That does sound like your pump has gone belly up. I doubt it is due to configuration as it worked before and you won't have changed anything round.

It could still be dust, when you open it up see how dusty the rad is. Blow a can of compressed air through it and then try running the PC again. If things go back to normal then you are laughing, if not then it is most likely the pump.

As for your questions, "worth" is something only you can decide. The H100 will perform a little better than high end air coolers, but will be more expensive.

A high end air cooler (NH D-14 for example) would probably be sufficient for your needs, just check that your chosen cooler fits in your case first (distance from CPU socket to case wall).

You will need to replace the TIM no matter what. You might have to remove the motherboard to get at the back of it so you can remove or install a backing plate for the cooler that you get.

If you can get to the back of the CPU socket (if your case has a hole there) you can go with option "B", that is usually the easiest. The method I use when rebuilding, and I'm sure people will disagree with some or all of this, goes a bit like this:

1. Remove old CPU cooler
2. Use paper towel to clean off worst of old TIM
3. Use q-tips and isopropyl alcohol / surgical spirit / nail polish remover (whatever I have) to clean CPU
4. Build computer so CPU is in the socket, mounting gear is ready, mobo is mounted in case.
5. Apply a grain of rice sized amount of TIM to the centre of the CPU IHS
6. Apply new cooler with gentle pressure, twist slightly from side to side, tighten down.
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post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post
That does sound like your pump has gone belly up. I doubt it is due to configuration as it worked before and you won't have changed anything round.

It could still be dust, when you open it up see how dusty the rad is. Blow a can of compressed air through it and then try running the PC again. If things go back to normal then you are laughing, if not then it is most likely the pump.

As for your questions, "worth" is something only you can decide. The H100 will perform a little better than high end air coolers, but will be more expensive.

A high end air cooler (NH D-14 for example) would probably be sufficient for your needs, just check that your chosen cooler fits in your case first (distance from CPU socket to case wall).

You will need to replace the TIM no matter what. You might have to remove the motherboard to get at the back of it so you can remove or install a backing plate for the cooler that you get.

If you can get to the back of the CPU socket (if your case has a hole there) you can go with option "B", that is usually the easiest. The method I use when rebuilding, and I'm sure people will disagree with some or all of this, goes a bit like this:

1. Remove old CPU cooler
2. Use paper towel to clean off worst of old TIM
3. Use q-tips and isopropyl alcohol / surgical spirit / nail polish remover (whatever I have) to clean CPU
4. Build computer so CPU is in the socket, mounting gear is ready, mobo is mounted in case.
5. Apply a grain of rice sized amount of TIM to the centre of the CPU IHS
6. Apply new cooler with gentle pressure, twist slightly from side to side, tighten down.
Thanks thats pretty much as I expected. Im not very handy with stuff like this, so a tad nervous but I need my PC for photo editing etc. I'll pull her apart tomorrow and have a look.
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post #13 of 14
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Todays update: Had a poke around in the case, my god I have never seen that much dust. I think first thing well definately be trying to clean the fans. I dont know how there is any air getting in there at all. The other obvious issue is that one of the two tops fans is not working at all. Looks like it had not been workiing for some time. So before I completely replace the cooler I will clean it out and look at replacing the fan. Then give it a run for an hour to see how the temps go.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Velociraptor  WD Black WD Black Pioneer BDC-S02 DVD-RW/Bluray 
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Windows 7 64 bit Home LG 34UC97  Razer Lycosa Corsair HX1000w 
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post #14 of 14
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Good news, well for me anyway.

I replaced both Rad fans (the bearings had ceased on one so I replaced both so the lighting was consistant) and cleaned out all the dust. The temps appear to have returned to the levels they were when I first got it.

I'll give her a good run tonight to be sure.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Velociraptor  WD Black WD Black Pioneer BDC-S02 DVD-RW/Bluray 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 bit Home LG 34UC97  Razer Lycosa Corsair HX1000w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
HAF922 Death Adder Razer Soundblaster 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Velociraptor  WD Black WD Black Pioneer BDC-S02 DVD-RW/Bluray 
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