Originally Posted by Tipless
the h80 or h100 is a great cooling solution for cpus. they offer the same or better performance as high end air but not as large and are quieter
I Dislike suggesting the HXXX coolers. for the price they charge you can get better, much better. If your looking at the H80, get the D-14/Silver Arrow. Better cooling and alot less noise, alot less. If your looking at the H100 get a RASA kit, same price and much much better performance! HXX cooler's are so over rated it make's me sick some times. I also beg to differ about the noise to performance ratio on high end air vs the H coolers. point blank: Hxx coolers suck compaired to other options period.
Originally Posted by Light49
the thermal paste i use was some cheap paste from radioshack but might go get some artic silver. Case cooling is ok i have one fan in the front and one rear and i dont know the ambient temperature but im nyc so its a little cold
I would suggest staying away from Arctic Silver. It has a 200 hour cure time! and is conductive. There are better paste's for around the same price. I have used tons of diff TIM's(to many to list) and have fallen in love with ICDiamond. I use it on my current sig rig(CPU, NB,SB and GPU) with great results.
Your cooler is ok, can I ask what method you used to apply TIM? did you spread it? or go with the "pea" method? If you spread it I would suggest cleaning it off(I use rubbing alch or ligher fluid and coffe filters) and Applying just a dab of TIM(less is more).
Have you ran Prime95/IBT(intel burn test)? if so what where peak temps?