*rubs her eyes* Damn, it took me a week but I'm FINALLY caught up with this thread all 42 pages worth. And to think I get to look forward to that again with the Antec 300 thread. *sigh*
Time taken to read thru everything aside it was well worth it. I'll detail out my thoughts once I get these replies knocked out...
Originally Posted by Sethy666
The TIM is Shin Etsu, its a good quality TIM but I think they laid it on a lil thick. I went from scrapping it off (didnt know what it was at that time) and applying MX-3, back to the ES X23... Im happy with it now
Have a think about a shroud... they really do make a difference.
Just checked out your rig on the Antec thread... very nice! We too would like that eye-candy here pls
Also, sorry about the "nice work man
" thing... Ive amended my original post
Aww, now see, your just showing off
*chuckles* No worries and no foul hon.
I'm really giving some serious thought about the shroud but I want to make sure I've actually got my setup nailed as best as I can get it before I start fiddling with things anymore. If that's one thing that was VERY apparent after reading this entire monster thread is that the less changes you do at a single time the easier it is to troubleshoot an issue.
And rest assured I plan on posting more in this and the Antec thread once I'm fully caught up.
Originally Posted by sendblink23
Actually of your Previous post yes according to my Testings using the same you had Zalman CNPS9700*NT (But I have a CPU Phenom ii x4 965be C3)... well it indeeds cools more (As in Stock Settings @ 3.41Ghz), but here is the difference if I have it overclocked lets say at 4.21Ghz that is my current settings the H50 Cools more in Load(48c - 50c), where the Zalman would go higher than 52c... actually that was when on 4.01Ghz so I'm guessing the Zalman would have not survived at 4.21Ghz... so in conclusion an H50 is good if you are overclocking.
I kind of figured that was the case after reading some other people making the switch and remarking on the same thing. Basically, the H50 is designed to allow you to push things a bit while still keeping near air-cooling levels. As I noted to Sethy once I've got everything dialed in running stock then I plan on looking into this dark art some of you like to practice that you call overclocking and hopefully not get into any trouble that will kill my system.
Originally Posted by Sethy666
One of the perennial questions asked on this thread is 'which fans should I use?'
I thought I would put together a specification matrix of the most common / popular fans used by the H50 community here.
This list is by no means exhaustive, Im sure there are fans that I have not listed. It is my intention that this list can be used by members as a ready reckoner and give users an indication of basic spec, so an informed decision can be made based on there system.
Nice work on the spreadsheet! +1 rep for you. ^_^
Originally Posted by leppie
Your math is flawed
Just visually I can tell you the height of a 5.25 bay is about 40mm. That's a far cry from 3.3 inches.
Back to the drawing board.
Edit: Also normally, a 5.25 inch bay is 5.25 inches wide, not 5.7!
Yeah, I kind of figured my numbers would be off which was why I was hoping someone like yourself would give me a poke about what was wrong with them.
Basically, my goal is to setup something very similar to what you see in these posts:
Xmisery's custom front air intake box
And then combine with a mount to allow the H50 to be set like this:
EvoLiTiLE's custom Antec 1200 H50 mount
This way you get the benefit of pushing the cold air from the front and retaining the thermal dynamics in such a way that you can keep a positive pressure system going and hopefully improve temps as well.
Ideally I'd like to have something like what BlueFox created in his post at http://www.overclock.net/8483588-post3757.html
. This way there is a clear route from the front intake fan to the "push" fan on the H50. But I'm honestly not sure who to contact as to how to have such a device made, much less the dimensions for the length to stretch between the two fan mounts, so really it's just an idea.
Kind of one of those things where maybe my brainstorming will trigger an evolution of the idea and maybe see not only how well it works but how it looks. ^_^
After reading thru everything I went ahead and ordered the following from over at FrozenCPU:
Shin-Etsu X23-7783D Silicone Thermal Compound - 1g
Corsair Hydro Series H50 AMD socket AM2 and AM3 Retention Kit (CWCH50-AMDBRKT)
Once I get this stuff in I plan on re-mounting the entire system, maybe even add a shroud if I feel ambitious enough, and hopefully clean things up a bit and see if I get the temps down a bit more. I still have this nagging feeling that it's not quite there yet so until I feel that it is I'm going to continue to tinker with it.
At the very least I'm learning a LOT about this thing and how it works so even if I do not get a temp improvement it was'nt a waste of time. Especially since my hubby does not know I plan on doing the same to his.
BTW, Killhouse was that Shin-Etsu info useful to you at all?