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Ok I have not liked this second computer building experience at all. I have been plauged with problem after problem. I guess that is how it goes when you are learning. I am not buying a name brand computer ever again because they piss me off and I am not going to explain right now. For my cooling I can not figure out why my temps are so high. My room is pretty cool, and the fan on the heatsink seems to be working properly. Coretemp keeps telling me my temps are about 40c on one core and 45c on the other. Its not overclocked so something must be going wrong. It was running at about 20 on one and 29 or so on the other even after I was playing video games. Why so hot now. I checked everything and it seems to be fine.

My video card is running hotter than I want it to. It is not overclocked except for the factory settings. I wanted to build a "silent" PC and it is doubtful I can do that without watercooling. That is not an option because it is too expensive at the moment. Are these silent CPU heat sinks just junk? The reviews were mixed but most seemed to be quite satisfied with them. It is definetly anything but silent, and I am wishing I would have gotten soimething a little more heavy duty. So now I am back to running the stupid thing with the cases side off and a fan blowing on it. Maybe there is no suggestions, but help is greatly appreciated.
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Ok I have not liked this second computer building experience at all. I have been plauged with problem after problem. I guess that is how it goes when you are learning. I am not buying a name brand computer ever again because they piss me off and I am not going to explain right now. For my cooling I can not figure out why my temps are so high. My room is pretty cool, and the fan on the heatsink seems to be working properly. Coretemp keeps telling me my temps are about 40c on one core and 45c on the other. Its not overclocked so something must be going wrong. It was running at about 20 on one and 29 or so on the other even after I was playing video games. Why so hot now. I checked everything and it seems to be fine.

My video card is running hotter than I want it to. It is not overclocked except for the factory settings. I wanted to build a "silent" PC and it is doubtful I can do that without watercooling. That is not an option because it is too expensive at the moment. Are these silent CPU heat sinks just junk? The reviews were mixed but most seemed to be quite satisfied with them. It is definetly anything but silent, and I am wishing I would have gotten soimething a little more heavy duty. So now I am back to running the stupid thing with the cases side off and a fan blowing on it. Maybe there is no suggestions, but help is greatly appreciated.
Not so much a suggestion but a comment about cooling and HSFs in general.

There's always a tradeoff to be made between silence and performance. Other than with watercooling, I'm not aware of any cooling solution that offers both in copious quantities; even then, I'd wager that a top-end water cooling setup makes more noise than one that's lower-end (due to more powerful radiator fans and water pumps). For sure, with air cooling solutions, the more powerful the fan, the noisier it's going to be. The benefit, though, is better cooling performance.

Keep in mind as well that your ambient temperatures may also be higher than before. You said you keep your room cool, but unless you meant that you're running AC at all times, then the ambient temperature has surely climbed since we're now entering the summer months, which might explain your elevated temperatures.

Hope this helps!
    
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IF your in Celsius, I think those temperatures are fine... I think you are saying 20&29 idle then 40&45 load. Those are nice temps. Where is the fuss?
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Yep

Silent HSF do not work as well as High Quality HSF i'm afraid.

Most of the time they dont even work at all.

Your problem is your HSF

My TTBT is practically silent with the stock fan....can hardly hear anything from my pc
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Those temperatures are fine on your CPU, and video cards are often rated to go to 100C+ safely.
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So let me see if I understand--you did something and replaced your CPU HSF, and now temps are 40/45 instead of 20/29 (which is odd--there usually isn't THAT much of a difference in temps between cores, but perhaps...). Do this as a simple test--when your CPU is under load, take a look at the temps in Coretemp and at the same time, touch the HSF--if the core temp is high--like around 50C, but if the HSF feels cool to the touch (aka not warm), then there is some issue with heat not being transferred properly from the CPU to the HSF--might need to reseat HSF or use better thermal compound.

EDIT--your CPU temps are fine--definitely not near any sort of "danger zone" so it won't matter much--like someone else might have said, you have a trade off for silence--slightly higher temps--in this case, perhaps "slightly" equates to 10C difference. But it's still safe.
    
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My GPU runs at 61C Stock.
    
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So none of this is too bad? I am still fairly new to the computer building experience. It does relieve my mind to know that these temps are ok. I am still trying to figure out what is ok since some say its bad, and some say its good. Apparently none here seem to think that it is too odd. I think what brought this up is the fact that my computer locked up when playing video games, but would free up and continue on. I thought maybe it was a heat problem, but after talking in some in other forums and seeing my computer respond the same even when fairly cool, I was informed it might be a software problem. Someone recommended a program that checked the GPU. It found an error immediatly, which is something in DirectX. So I am going to start there. But thanks again for relieving my mind anyway regarding the heat problem.

Also is it usually possible to get a different fan for a heatsink? I figure I might as well buy something more powerful. It is not silent.
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Sure, you can use a different fan. In some cases, like with mine, you may have to use zip ties or some other solution to attach it but you can definitely swap out the fan.

With mine, I had HIGHER temps using the stock AC Freezer 64 fan than the OEM cooler I had on previously, about 5-6 degrees higher. So, I swapped out the stock fan for the Sunon fan I'm using now and I've had a 10 degree swing in temps down to about 26c idle.
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You could also Lap your heatsink and processor and use a good thermal paste like Arctic silver 5, that would drop your temps a bit.
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