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Hey all,

So, I just built a new rig (specs in sig) and Im running a Thermaltake Blue Orb II, on my 64 X2 6000+

Idle temps are right around 35-37. Itll spike for a spilt second up to 40-41 when I open a few things. Like, opening Steam, and Firefox at the same time. Now, this is my first dual-core rig, so Im just wondering if for my set-up those are pretty normal temps. Im not planning anything extreme just because of budget limitations at the moment. (gotta love college eh? ) So, everything is at stock voltages.
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What is your ambient temperature?
    
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Welcome!

They are acceptable temps for your setup, for me personally, anything in 60s I'm worried about, 30s happy, 40 okay, 50 acceptable.
    
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My ambient temp is around 70-75F, no more then that. I was a little worried, since Ive seen the temps others are running with this cooler, or something similar.

But, I unfortunatly had to use the white thermal paste that came with the cooler, so I was thinking, would some Arctic silver 5, and a reseat help out considerably?
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post #6 of 13
Your cooler may not be the most efficient design available. If I'm not mistaken, it's a design that's almost three years old (2005 release). 75 degs F = ~ 23.9 degs C, which means your idle temperature is around 10 - 12 degs C above ambient.

The real test is how good your temps are on maximum load.

Would Arctic Silver 5 and a reseat help? Possibly, but perhaps not dramatically. The only way to know is to actually try things out.

Good luck.
    
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My E8400 idles at 39C and at heavy load (small FFTs) it sits around 59C, ambients around here is about 80F (26-27C)...but small FFTs are going to get it much hotter than a regular program using 100% CPU...anyway I just lapped it last night and saw a 2C idle drop, and a 4C load drop, if you have the time, I suggest lapping for a moderate temp drop.
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Well, I hopped on a few games, and did some video stress testing in Counterstrike Source, and HL2, with settings maxxed out. I was running a steady 170+ fps, with an 180fps average. And I minimized from there, and my temps were around 47-49C.

Think I should look for a different cooler soon? I think Ill do the AS5 and reseat this weekend. Just to see if I can get them a tiny bit lower, and a little more consistant.
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post #9 of 13
For gaming, those temps are fine.

Jacko87's advice to lap your HSF (and your IHS as well) is very good too.
    
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I think I may have to try this lapping. Im an Auto Tech by trade, so I cant resist a little tinkering.

Thanks for the responses! Just what I was looking for.
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