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Hey hey!
I installed a Phenom II X4 945 the other day, I am using a Thermaltake SpinQ-VT cooler with the thermal paste that came with that cooler. Upon testing temps after installation in HWMonitor, I was getting 30-32' on idle. I booted my PC the next day to read 0' on HWMonitor and it has stayed there ever since. It must be a bug, so at the moment I'm reading temps from BIOS and I'm now getting 40-42' on idle in the BIOS!

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but for that cooler & idle - seems a bit hot, no? Is it possible thermal paste was not applied correctly? Or has simply not spread yet? I put the CPU in 3 days ago.
Thanks to anyone who can help.
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I have no idea what kind of TIM that has, all Ive ever used was Artic Silver MX-4. I assume its the TIM. Buy some artic silver off amazon is your best bet.

Could be that the cooler hasnt been seated well? Coudl be taht the GFX card is exhausting onto the cooler
     
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GPU not installed yet. It does seem a TINY bit loose, but not enough for these high temps. It seems fairly locked in.
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Could you take a picture of the inside of the case and tell us where all the fans are etc
     
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RED = Hot air (exhaust)
BLUE = Cool air (intake)

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Try swappung the right top fan for the highest cfm intake fan you got. For some reason the bottom fan doesnt seem to pull enough

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Def. remount with Arctic Silver5, OCZ Freeze,or Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400. Don't expect great performance out of that SpinQ.. it's an ok cooler.. but NOT a performer. I have the the other model of the SpinQ, they are more for looks than anything really... my Q6600 OC'd to 3.6 @1.55v (cpuz) will hit 70c in about a minute or less running Prime 95 (though even while gaming doesn't get above ~60c). I knew I was getting a low performing cooler before I bought it, it just looks so BA I had to buy it. (I dislike the look of the tower coolers)

edit: I see you have the speed adjust nob attached.. make sure it's on hi, if you take off the adjuster nob, the cooler defaults to 100%... or is yours hardwired.. mines gotta clip.

edit 2: re-route your wires to help airflow too.
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Curious what's your ambient temps. Also did you try reseating the heatsink?As for arctic silver its good but theres many on the market that does just as good without the cure time such as mx2.let us know.

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The difference in temps between AS5 cured and non cured are small. Besides, if you're that worried about it being cured, it only takes a couple/few hours to cure it.

Did you check temps in bios and compare them to HWM? (before it stopped reading that is) Sometimes BIOS will read a higher temp than desktop program does either because A: the temp in BIOS is actually higher than idle at desktop, B: either BIOS or program are not reading temps properly. My board, BIOS reads higher than Core Temp does at idle.. but my BIOS temp alarm (set at 70) sounds exactly when Core Temp reaches 70. I have noticed though that both my Intel and AMD systems run hotter in BIOS than idling at desktop... not just temp readings.. but by actually feeling the air exhausting from the cooler/ feeling the cooler.
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Few things I would try if I were in your position, some of which may have already been said:
  • Remove cooler and TIM then re-apply TIM and re-seat cooler.
  • Do some cable management so that the wires are as neat and as out of the way as possible.
  • Change around the air flow in the case (I'd recommend either having more intakes or equal intakes/exhausts)
  • And if none of that helps I'd pick up a Cooler Master Hyper 212+

Also that case seems really close to the Thermaltake V3 Black Edition. If it is cable management is possible in the case, just takes some doing (I initially thought it would be impossible in the case but after spending a day cable managing I got something decent).
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