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Hi there. I'm getting so-so temps with my Dark Knight. I current have reverted back to stock settings. I've done the duct tape mod to the top and bottom fins, and it's mounted with the backplate. I don't feel comfortable lapping the CPU just because I'm in the process of selling the rig and I'd hate to ruin the CPU and be out $230 to replace it.

And it's only 26C outside, and my Realtemp is reading
http://i30.tinypic.com/10wtl4i.jpg

I've got the 120MM fan facing the front of the case, suck out air and having it drift out the back of the case. My thoughts of improving temps.
1.) Re-seat the HSF and re-apply AS5 using the method meant for the Heat-pipe direct touch coolers
2.) Adding another 120MM fan to the front
3.) Adding a 120MM fan to the rear for a push-pull
4.) Rotating the cooler
5.) Re-applying the duct to the fins.

What do you think I should do? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
    
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more importantly what are the load temps? core i7 can take a lot more heat than previous quadcores
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Mid 80's @ 3.33GHz. I haven't bothered to stress at stock settings. I didn't make it through the stress test (OCCT) because it stopped due to "Heat". I used Gigabyte's EasyTune6 to get to 3.33GHz because frankly, I suck at i7 overclocking. That and my 920 is C0 stepping =(
    
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For stress testing I think 80c won't hurt anything because the cpu is rated for a max of i think 100c. I think you can probably lower your temps with lapping your cpu cooler.

You should read this article posted by "chadamir" called "Guide to overclocking the core i7..."

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...7-920-4-a.html
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It's not a matter of whether I'm hurting it or not, it's more a matter of comfort. My room is getting hot with it a semi-idle @ 41C. I think lapping the CPU cooler might be a problem, Xigmatek Dark Knights have the Heat-Pipe direct touch...i.e. uneven surfaces. I could try it, but I frankly think I'm stuck with these temps =(
    
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It's not a matter of whether I'm hurting it or not, it's more a matter of comfort. My room is getting hot with it a semi-idle @ 41C. I think lapping the CPU cooler might be a problem, Xigmatek Dark Knights have the Heat-Pipe direct touch...i.e. uneven surfaces. I could try it, but I frankly think I'm stuck with these temps =(
The i7 is a hot processor. The dark knight you could try to lap. I would do everything you said you would do before. Try using something with a little less curing time.
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Well even if you get your cpu temps down the heat is still going to dissipate in your room. Only thing you can do to reduce heat is to reduce voltage and not overclock as high. You could also leave the energy saving features turned on in bios if it's stable to reduce the amount of heat in your room. The heat won't disappear.
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or you could get an a/c
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