Sorry I didn't come back sooner, I eventually managed to open and clean the waterblock two days ago, bought replacement screws yesterday and got the computer up and running after sanding
the block to remove the bad scratches
I made holding it in place while drilling (with 140 and then 400 "water" grain). I didn't take a picture of the block after sanding but I do have a couple of the "scratches":
EDIT: hadn't noticed that finger print
I applied the right amount of TIM
using the rice grain
method and properly seated
the water block using the cross method
to tighten it down evenly this time. I didn't "clean" the surface after removing the TIM with acetone free nail polish remover
as some of you highly suggested but I did wipe and dry
the block before reapplying any TIM.
Here are photos of the water block
it and let it dry
in the sun. Here's a picture of it in all its beauty:
I then spent the rest of the day doing pretty much nothing, waiting for the loop to bleed all the air out
. Tilted the case a lot during the afternoon / evening. and when I couldn't see any more bubbles I decided to plug everything in and finally boot the computer up.
Doing the exact same test as in the middle of the first page
I got the following max temps with an ambient of 29
°C instead of 26
Core 0: 50
Core 1: 50
Core 2: 49
Core 3: 51
Those are RealTemp results. Hardware Monitor pro is reporting max temperatures of 48 | 48 | 48 | 49
. But I usually don't trust hardware monitor's results as RealTemp seems more accurate, updates temps more and matches other monitor software results such as CoreTemp.
So overall I feel that a couple degrees for all that work wasn't worth it and I still don't know what's up my temps being "so" high (much higher than they should be).
Here is where I'd like your attention. The motherboard, Ram and CPU are all from a Dell Studio XPS 8100
bought 3 years ago
. Actually since I sold my 560 Ti the GPU is from that OEM Dell PC too x). Using the stock cooler
the CPU would reach 80-100°C gaming
(not even stressing with Prime or anything and the game was COD Black Ops
...) as you can see on this picture from a year ago
(that's when the fan started acting up, it was really
spinning that fast
by the way).
So here's what I'm thinking. There could be two reasons
reason could be that I simply have a bad CPU
that generates more heat than it should
for whatever reason (I'm not delidding, 860s have a soldered IHS knowing myself I was definitely mess up, at the very least destroy the CPU and there would most likely be physical damage on myself too :/ ).
thing, and here's where I need your input
, is that maybe my rubbish motherboard
isn't reading the temperature sensors
right and is reporting much higher temperatures
than a good board would. Is that possible ?
Thanks in advance.
PS: I'm getting an old AM2 computer back that I'd let my older brother have which had good ram and a decent motherboard so I'll power it up and stress it on air, compare with the temperatures other people were reporting then put it in my computer and see if the temps are off on that one too with my loop. I'll do some practice overclocking on it too just for fun and to see how / if the temps increase.