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Well my set up was fine for a few months but now I'm sorta having a heat issue.

I don't have a lot of money to throw at my pc so I been trying to keep things cheap. I been running 3.9Ghz on my 965BE, when I 1st built the system i couldn't break 55c after a day of prime95 so i thought i was good but now after like 10min's i can hit 60c within 10min's. So I thought I'd ask for a few opinions, seeing as it's a cooling issue i tryed lowering the voltage from 1.40 to 1.37 and still seeing it creep up pretty quick(59c before a core failed). I tryed cleaning out the system and same results. Seeing as removing the side panel drops temps by 2-3c maybe a case or airflow issue? Maybe the thermal paste needs to be replaced? So like I said I'm cheap when it comes to throwing money at my pc sadly. I had a few thoughts and like to see what other people think would help. Trying to work about a 35$ fix, if possible, heh.

1# Changing the case fans. I'm using the 120mm fan that came with the case and antec 80mm exhaust. I added 2 50mm fans i had laying around as exhaust on the top, nothing bigger would fit between the top mounted psu and dvd drive. Looks like I can fit a 92mm fan in the back or mod the case to fit 2 80mm.

2# Change the case itself. It's a Rosewell Ranger-M. Looking around I seen 2 decent looking case's more focused on cooling then looks 30~35$ w/shipping. NZXT Gamma or NZXT 210Tempest.

3#Change the CPU cooler I picked up a artic freezer pro7 rev.2 for 13$. The jump here would be to the 212evo or +. This would be kinda towards the thermal compound issue but maybe i should just upgrade, instead of just replacing the paste.

4#Maybe you have another suggestion? Keep in mind on stock voltage/cooler I could hit mid 60'S c.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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New paste application is probably necessary. How long has the build been together?
post #3 of 9
You haven't reapplied thermal paste yet? Reapply it then! smile.gif
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Your case has a 120mm intake and 80mm exhaust?

Is there any way to widen the exhaust?

If you could drop ~$30 on a CPU cooler you'd widen up your options too.

What is the case?
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To answer the replies so far.

Well I don't have any paste on hand, I used the pre-applied MX2.

System built: About 4months.

Fans:120mm x1 intake.
50mm x2, 80mm x1 exhaust. and the psu's 80mm(if you wanna count that)
I don't think a 120mm would fit in the rear, I was thinking of doing a little remodeling it and pushing the current 80mm up a little and adding another 80mm below it. It has holes for a 80mm or 92mm fan currently(no 92mm's laying around just lots of 80mm)


Case: Rosewell Ranger-M



Closing note, I did add a window to the side(removed the vented holes. before doing so a couple months ago I tryed sticking a 80mm in the side as a intake and it made temps go from 55c to 57c.
The cpu cooler Artic freezer pro7 rev2 can only be mounted facing up sadly. Like i said before the cooler was only 13$ and dropped temps by about 8c compare to the stock cooler. The room my pc is in is always about 68-70f.
post #6 of 9
Oh, the Rosewill Ranger-M is microatx.

Changing the CPU cooler won't do that much because you're space limited to 92mm fan coolers and using low profile coolers won't net you much cooling.

Do you have room in the 5.25" bays to maybe have an intake there too?

You don't have enough cold air likely , if you have a GPU in there.

See if you can mount a 120mm intake/exhaust (Depends on GPU cooler) on the side panel mesh? I know it doesn't come with fan mounts and the metal is kind of thin to begin with, but a low speed 1000-1200RPM fan would work there. It would be about $10 if you grab an Arctic F12 , Cougar Vortex HDB, Gelid Silent 12 or something price/performance.

Another option is saving up for a Microatx that has decent cooling and can fit a 120 /140mm fan cooler with 120 or 140mm fan in back exhaust and/or bottom panel. The Source 210 from NZXT you mentioned would be a step up, but keep in mind the front intake has diverted flow rather than direct flow. Fractal Arc Mini / Arc Mini R2 , since the Mini (V1) was on steep sale due to R2 coming out. The cheaper Coolermaster N200 ($40) with 2x 120mm front and 1x 120mm rear looks sort of promising as well (120mm front+rear, 2x120mm side).
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post #7 of 9
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Was kinda in a drinking rage last night.

Added some vent hole's in the side window dropped to 57c from 60c.
Then pulled everything out of the case. Cut the front metal fan grill out, also some of the plastic honeycomb looking plastic off the front of the case behind the metal mesh.
Instead of of buying a 92mm for the back, I cut the back up some to move the current fan up. Then cut some more below it to add a 2nd 80mm fan.
The results are below the 1st prime temps after building it. And the results after 2hr's of prime95 is max 53c.
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Hahaha, good work. Pics of the destruction of the grilles would be nice but optional.
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Speaking from experience, that cooler is great if you don't plan to OC, you will regret the purchase as soon as you increase voltage. I had one for years with an i5 750, and was able to push 4.0 with it, but the board eventually fried.

Be aware that anything larger than the Freezer Pro 7 may not fit in your case, that was the problem I had.

Maybe new paste will fix your problem, but if you want a reliable, stable OC, replace that p.o.s budget cooler.

DISCLAIMER: (Not bashing, trolling, or flaming, just speaking from experience wink.gifbiggrin.gif)

EDIT: If you want to upgrade, but the 212 / Evo + won't fit. My Seidon 120m AIO fits great in a case that wouldn't take a 212+. 60* max 4.2 3570k, and apparently they are even more efficient with the hotter chips (AMD)
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