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CPU cooler should be good.
Are you running stock fans? You could replace the stock fans with higher quality ones to improve airflow. Get something like noiseblocker, noctua, be quiet! or scythe GTs (if you can find them)
Stock fans, you mean for intake/outake? I do use the stock one, 1 in front, 1 in the back (obviously), and I run them at 7V (at 10V I hear them easily). I tried running the fans at 10V while running Prime95, temps dropped by ONE degree lol!
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post #12 of 26
I would add a second one in front for sure as well as remove the top drive cage and just use the bottom one if you don't need more than 3 drives as it adds a lot of restriction. I would also add a fan as intake in the top front slot to feed you CPU cooler fresh air, that should make a pretty good difference.
post #13 of 26
If you upgrade the fans to high quality ones i bet the temps would drop noticeably. If you get something like noctuas, two front one back, you can run them higher rpm without hearing them. Also as said above clear the HDD cages if you can to lower restriction.
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I removed the top hdd cage, as I only use TWO drives, and one is a ssd! So I don't think we get much heat from that, although the intake fan is at the bottom, where the drives are. Could try the single intake fan in the top spot, dunno if that would make much of a difference.

For the record I had a serious dust problem in my previous rig, the side fan hole had no fan, and so dust was coming in. Also I used an old psu, with an short power cord, which I had to flip so the psu fan would face up, again grabbing all that dust from the side fan hole. Dust got on the videocard and the Noctua fans/heatsink. I pretty much emptied a can of compressed air to clean the heatsink and fans, and I'm not even sure if it's "as clean as it can be". To a certain point, that could contribute to higher temps...
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post #15 of 26
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I removed the top hdd cage, as I only use TWO drives, and one is a ssd! So I don't think we get much heat from that, although the intake fan is at the bottom, where the drives are. Could try the single intake fan in the top spot, dunno if that would make much of a difference.

For the record I had a serious dust problem in my previous rig, the side fan had hole had no fan, and so dust was coming in. Also I used an old psu, with an short power cord, which I had to flip so the psu fan would face up, again grabbing all that dust from the side fan hole. Dust got on the videocard and the Noctua fans/heatsink. I pretty much emptied a can of compressed air to clean the heatsink and fans, and I'm not even sure if it's "as clean as it can be". To a certain point, that could contribute to higher temps...

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I use these to filter intakes which don't have dust filters, quite cheap and effective, I second TheSTORM's suggestion of an intake in the top slot in front of the CPU cooler, dropped a few degrees of temps for me so worth a try. I don't suppose you tried remounting your cooler and replacing the TIM a second time? Could be a bad mount and it's free to try so long as you have TIM left. Could also be worth giving the heatsink another blast while youre at it. Your temps do seem rather high although I'm not really familiar with the older I7's.

Anyway I'm hoping to transplant my own rig into an R4 soon so I hope the cooling performance is better then your experience so far. Good luck.
post #16 of 26
The R4 has great dust filters. I added 2 nf-a14 fans to the front of my case and it runs great, they're quiet too. At idle i'm around 31-35 and thats with a hot haswell chip, and a dual fan Noctua NH-U14s.
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The R4 has great dust filters. I added 2 nf-a14 fans to the front of my case and it runs great, they're quiet too. At idle i'm around 31-35 and thats with a hot haswell chip, and a dual fan Noctua NH-U14s.

yea... OP just needs to increase airflow, like you did. thumb.gif
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post #18 of 26
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Increase airflow, got it. Just to be sure, just adding a front fan won't be enough, right? Airflow is about getting pretty much the same amount of air getting in and out... not sure getting a positive pressure inside the casing would really cool things down.

(talked to you about morning temps: this morning I got temps between 27 and 31°C hehe)
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post #19 of 26
yea.. ambient temps make a big difference! Kind of like living on a pelt, right? lol!

Adding fans will also change up the way air is flowing in your case... and hopefully put more air where it needs to be. It will also increase the air exhausted... and therefore pull more heat out of the case.
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Ok then, next question is this: the fan speed controller on the casing controls only 2 fans. On the mobo I got 3 free fan plugs (which are 10V I think). How would I go about plugging all this? (currently the intake and outake are plugged on the controller)
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