Originally Posted by KafkaDatura
Quite new here, stumbled on this thread through a google search. Hope you don't mind if I ask a few questions ...
I got a 304 quite a while ago, with an i5 at the time. Long story short, the i5 got upgraded to an i7 a few days ago, and since then I've only run into problems after problems. So I just need some advice, and maybe to be told my situation's normal.
So first off, got a very ****ty draw at the stock cooler game with my i7. Horrible coil whine, wierd noise. Already spent quite enough, might as well get a proper cool right, so here I go ordering a 212. Aaaand got a bad luck too, ****ty stock fan that blows like an air conditionner would. So hey, I orderer a Silent Wings for that one too ...
But thing is, not only the case is getting noisy, but hot as well. CPU temps are around 40°C idle, and can sometimes jump to more than 70 while gaming (rarely above 70 though). I know it's "ok" in terms of safety, but is it acceptable given the am cooler? Also, I've installed the cooler fan facing straight into the exhaust fan, is that ok? Because it kinda looks like it's blocking air flow, but my ram not being low profile at all ...
Also, I have a SYS_FAN header on my motherboard, can I plug the case fan in that? Is there anyway to plug the 3 of them? If I had to pick one, would it be the rear one?
Thank you very much to anyone with a bit of time to share their wisdow.
Some additional information would be helpful. CPU and motherboard would be a good start.
I would make sure your mobo BIOS is up to date. One of my recent builds the AUTO voltage setting for my CPU was way too high causing idle temps to be high. Updated the BIOS and corrected that issue. I would expect(depending on the CPU model) your idle temps to be in the high 20's to mid 30's.
You could mess with the CPU fan profile in the BIOS or windows utility(again depending on the mobo version) to increase the idle fan speed of your CPU cooler. From the sounds of it the idle temp is high but your load temp seems to be good.
Assuming you are using the fan controller built into the case, what setting is it on, High, Medium or Low? If you aren't pushing enough air through the case, that could cause the high idle temps.
I would be more inclined to put the CPU cooler fan on the front of the cooler, that's if you can get it on there over your RAM. Also make sure the fan direction is correct, if you have the rear fan blowing out and the CPU cooler fan going the other way that will cause turbulence.
You should be able to hook all three interior fans to your mobo with a splitter. I would just make sure the combined wattage of the fans does not exceed the wattage max of the header.