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First off click User CP at the top of the page and then put in your system specs so anyone can glance quickly at what your working with.

Secondly unlink your RAM from your Processor in the bios. You want to overclock one at a time so you know which is giving you problems.

Wiring will definately affect your tempatures, so fix that asap, should be a quick and easy fix for a few degrees.

I agree it sounded like too much thermal paste. That might grab you as much as 10 more degrees when done correctly, depending on how much extra you used.

The Zalman isn't very popular for an overclocking heatsink and having it blowing downward is probably screwing with general airflow in your case as well. As a rule you want to blow cool air in the front and hot air out the back. With fans blowing cool from the bottom up and out the top as well if those are options in your case.
Hopefully my system specs should be showing up below now...

I hate to ask such a noob question but I can't seem to locate my Ambient temp, where might I find that info?

I will work on the wiring right now, and if I need to I will try reseating the heatsink. Unfortunately, the only other direction I could face this thing is straight up at the PSU though, there just isn't room to fit it any other way. Would that be better than facing downward? Also, would this even matter much considering the case is open and I've got a room fan blowing in there anyway? It's blowing towards the back where my case fans are sucking air out, so I figured it actually made a nice little circular system the way it is now...

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post #12 of 17
Actually the wiring or heatsink direction either one probalby won't do much if you have it open and a fan blowing in.

You didn't mention it so I'll say again, definately unlock the memory and processor and put memory at defaults while your working on your processor overclock. Do one at a time and get it stable so you know what's causing issues.

Someone else mentioned voltage as well. Backing it down some manually will help with your problems as long as it remains stable.
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post #13 of 17
This is completely a thermal paste issue. Too much is a VERY bad thing. I agree with grunion on this....

Take off your heatsink, wipe it down with a tissue. Same as your CPU. You should be able to get like 99% of it off eventually. After, apply smaller or equivalent to a rice size granule to the CPU and re-seat your zalman. You will notice better temps immediately.
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Hmm ok I think the consensus is in.

I fixed up my wiring and actually did see a drop of a degrees or two so that's cool at least. As far as the reseat goes, it'll have to wait until my next day off work, so Sunday at the earliest. If I'm only supposed to be applying a "rice size granule" then I definitely put too much.

Thanks for all the replies and I'll come update the thread after the reseat to see what I'm getting.

OH one last thing though! The AS5 belonged to a friend. All I have with me is the Zalman Super Thermal Grease or whatever it is called (the stuff that came with the Zalman of course). Is this a big difference?
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Sounds like you may have applied too much, check this thread for an efficient application method.
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Hmm ok I think the consensus is in.

I fixed up my wiring and actually did see a drop of a degrees or two so that's cool at least. As far as the reseat goes, it'll have to wait until my next day off work, so Sunday at the earliest. If I'm only supposed to be applying a "rice size granule" then I definitely put too much.

Thanks for all the replies and I'll come update the thread after the reseat to see what I'm getting.

OH one last thing though! The AS5 belonged to a friend. All I have with me is the Zalman Super Thermal Grease or whatever it is called (the stuff that came with the Zalman of course). Is this a big difference?
Maybe 3-4 degrees.
Did you see the link in the earlier post?
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Hey guys I just wanted to give you all an update on my situation, and also say thanks again for all the help.

I reseated my heatsink again, paying close attention to the information in Audi's thread (I used the pencil tip method). After loading up, RealTemp and Speedfan are both registering my temps at 5C lower! (39C idle, 53C load).

These results are exciting, but now I want to get even cooler...I think I might reseat again on Sunday and use even a bit less AS5.
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I would buy a new case if your computer temps are really high
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