Originally Posted by deadlysnowcone;14653421
i plan on re applying the thermal paste today or sometime this week. as for the airflow, it looks something like this:
Here's how you want to set up your case's airflow:
Front, side, and/or bottom fans = intake
Top and back fans = exhaust
CPU fan blowing from front to back
It appears you don't have any fan(s) in the front or top of your case. This is severely limiting airflow. Definitely get some. Also make sure they push more than 50 CFM; anything less isn't necessarily great.
BTW, when you reapply the thermal paste be sure to use a small amount, a little smaller than a pea. Then put the heatsink on without spreading the paste; if you put enough pressure on the heatsink it'll spread all by itself. If you spread the thermal paste before applying the heatsink, some very tiny air bubbles might get stuck and limit thermal transfer. You could also miss a spot. When you clean the paste off your CPU, clean it with a cloth that won't leave any lint behind and isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol; just make sure it's ≥90% isopropyl for best results).
When you mount your heatsink again, make the fan blow towards the back of the case for optimal airflow.
That huge clump of wires is also blocking air from moving properly through your case. Try to organize them a bit. Try routing them behind the motherboard tray. If you don't have enough space there, shove them towards the bottom and sides of the case, so they're all flat and up against the case walls instead of dangling in the middle. If they don't stay, it's okay to use scotch tape or any other kind of tape that will hold the cables down but will be easy to remove in the future.