Originally Posted by kettlecorn
Thanks, could you clarify the BIOS thing for me. I have a Gigabyte Z68 motherboard. I haven't touched anything in BIOS and wasn't aware I might have to if I get a new fan/heatsink. The case is fairly open, the front filters are okay and I put the Hyper 212+ to blow out the rear so there's good airflow throughout the case. But I'll have to retry the bios and thermal paste stuff.
I forgot to add, there's no fan for intake in the front of my case. I went budget build and so there are holes and vents in the front but no fan. There is a 120mm fan blowing hot air out the rear, and another one blowing out the top. The PSU is on the bottom with the fan on top. I'm not sure if adding a case fan to bring in cooler air in the front will be a factor though.
I think the only thing that needs to be done is to redo the thermal paste application in the 3rd method shown below:
I mean, they found that this gave them the best results, so I figure that it should be the same for almost everyone. Not only that, but you did say that you didn't put thermal paste in between the exposed heatpipes before applying the rest of the paste, and that's something that must be done with these HDT heatsinks. If you don't do it, then your temps will always be much higher than they otherwise would be.
So, redo it when you can and then we'll go from there. I mean, let's keep it simple.