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First loop - Temps ok?

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So I recently bit the bullet and put together my first water cooling loop. As of right now I'm only cooling the CPU using a Raystorm block, Alphacool ST30, and Koollance version of the D5 and their top. Without overclocking and running at the "turbo" speed of 3.8 I was sitting at 27C. It's a drop from my air cooling, but only by a few degrees. I wasn't sure if this seems normal or if I should look at resetting the thermal paste (Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra). Since the temps were lower I went ahead and decided to overclock a little bit. Having never done it before I started off small and at 4.4Ghz with CPU-Z listing my Core Voltage at 1.048 and CoreTemp reading VID at 1.342. With the new overclock after running Prime95 for only about an hour I was sitting at about high 30s to low 40s C. Anyone have any suggestions, tips, or comments? They are appreciated and thanks in advance!
post #2 of 7
Don't take it from a WC n00b like me, but I would be very pleased with OC temps in the 40s at load :-)
I definitely wouldn't bother resetting the thermal paste with temps like that.
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post #3 of 7
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I know the temps seem low under load though it's not that big of an overclock either (or maybe I just have no idea what I'm talking about). This is all still pretty new to me so I guess I'm just second guessing everything I did and the results.
post #4 of 7
The temps sound great both before and after overclocking. Presumably the 27 degrees is about the same as your ambient temperature?
post #5 of 7
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If I was doing this whole thing properly you would think I would be able to answer that question. 27C should be right about 80F, which now that I think about it, seems a little high. My computer room is in the basement and it's usually slightly chilly down there. If I had to take a guess it would be lower than that. Now you have me wondering.
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Ok so the room ambient appears to be roughly 22c. I went ahead and fired up prime again without adjusting any overclock settings from last night. Let it run a little bit longer and now I'm sitting at mid 50s with one core reaching 62. I'm not going to worry about it too much. I don't think it's often, if ever, that I have my CPU maxed like that.
post #7 of 7
Well if your room is 22 degrees and your idle temp is 27 degrees it sounds as though you watercooling is doing its job well!
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