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After reading this forum

http://forums.extremeoverclocking.co....php?p=2607955

I was wondering what cooling system is the best air cooling system. As I am having heating issues with my zalman running basic apps at 43 and getting into the low 60s when playing a game and I really dont wanna spend more money without doing anymore research. Does anyone have experience with any product other then zalman and would make a recommendation?

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After reading this forum

http://forums.extremeoverclocking.co....php?p=2607955

I was wondering what cooling system is the best air cooling system. As I am having heating issues with my zalman running basic apps at 43 and getting into the low 60s when playing a game and I really dont wanna spend more money without doing anymore research. Does anyone have experience with any product other then zalman and would make a recommendation?

Thanks,
T.J.
I guess i'll be the first to say it, fill out your system specs in your User CP

Before you go and blow some money on a brand new heatsink, makesure your zalman is working fine. I think the Zalman can do better than that on almost any CPU.
Did you seat it correctly?
When did the heat issues start?
Have you tried reseating it?
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Yes, I have done all of that, I went through all that was suggested in my other thread, but to no avail. The heating issues have occurred since I built this just short of a month ago. But I also filled out my system info

http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...rclocking.html

I really wanted to overclock and have fun with this, but the heat has been an issue, let me know if you have any other ideas though, if not, is there any other alternate cooling that is better than Zalman?
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tuniq tower is pretty popular..... thermalright 120 somethin.. is also good.
and if you want to cheat, with cooling, you can get away with looking at a price tag to judge how well it works..
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post #5 of 18
If you want better cooling you may want to consider water. From what I have read The C2Ds are a fairly hot running chip. The Zalman cooler is a good air cooler, You may have to go to something like the Tuniq Tower to beat it, if you want to stick with air. Also Lapping both surfaces may give you some improvement and be sure that you are not using too much paste. If you lap you will need very little.
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That's weird - I get 41/42c temps on load with my Zalman 9500. My e6420 is running at 2.8ghz even.

I see that you have 4 case fans so I'd assume that the airflow thru your case should be decent. However, if the case fans are on the sides and there's little airflow to the sides (i.e. your case is next to a wall or under a desk with one of those computer compartments), you might not be getting as good of flow as you can. I ran into that with my old Thermaltake case and an extra fan pulling in air from the front helped a bunch.

As much of a pain as it is, maybe try a new case? Or removing a side panel or something to see if the temps go down?
     
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post #7 of 18
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My case temp is about 40-41 is what my ASUS tool says, is that too hot?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...040&Tpk=PC-65B

That is my case... There are two fans in front, one in back and one on the top of the case. Do you think I need another fan? If so, where?
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post #8 of 18
Hmmm....well you've got a pretty sweet case there, so I don't think that would be the problem unless you have a bunch of cables tangled in there killing the air flow.

I also noticed that one of the Newegg reviews mentions "My only issue with it is that the rear outtake fan behind the CPU is a smaller one and doesnt pull the heat and hot air off my Zalman that well.Absolutelly no other issue with it. " under the cons section. Maybe a higher flow 80mm fans would help? Search the air cooling forums for case fan info - they're a very hot topic with lots of info.
     
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post #9 of 18
One thing you might want to check with Zalmans is dust. I got a lot of dust caught in my 7700, and temps started to go up. A couple blasts with an air compressor and all the dust was gone, and temps were back down to what they were before. Not only that, but removing the HSF to get dust out also gives you the opportunity to lap it if you want, and to reapply thermal paste, which could also be a potential issue. Don't spend money unless you have to.
    
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post #10 of 18
If you want an air cooling system everything ive been reading points to the Tuniq Tower as the best bang for your buck. You can get it with or with out blue LED's.

The Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme is supposted to be better than the Tuniq Tower once you get a fan to put on it. It is more expensive and as I said before a fan isnt included and you need to buy one.
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