Looking for help / advice. I bought this case after reading through this forum as it suited my needs. Here's my current equipment:
Asus Rampage II Gene Motherboard (1366 socket)
Intel core i7-920 OC'd to 3.6ghz
12GB OCZ DDR3-1600
128GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD - Boot drive
1TB WD Black secondary drive
1000 Watt Antec True Power PS
EVGA GTX 680 FTW LE 4GB
I've removed the lower 3.5 drive cage and also the upper 3.5 drive cage via rivet removal. I intend to SLI down the road, so want to make sure I can slap both vid cards in there with the H50. Vid card is now nicely sitting in the upper slot with the H50 cabling where the upper 3.5 cage was, so that's all good.
My issue is temperature. In my previous case (Antec 902), my CPU was idling at 44 and maxed out around 72 with Prime95. Now, after applying new thermal paste (Arctic Silver 5), my CPU's are idling at 60 degrees! And come close to 90 on prime 95! I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Fan set up is push/pull 120 intakes at bottom front of case for the H50. 92mm out the back, and 2 x 120 shooting out the top.
I have not yet mounted the 200mm on the side (it's on order) but from what I've been reading on here it doesn't seem to make a huge difference, is that correct? Anyway, I seem to have negative airflow currently, at least until I get the 200mm in there, but I can't see that dropping the temps by 15 degrees.
Is arctic silver 5 crap? I applied it in the vertical line method as recommended online and on arctic's website directly too. I let the H50 spread it via pressure as well. I tried applying the thermal paste twice thinking I messed up the first time - same result the second time.
I'm considering turning the H50 fans around to blow OUT the front instead of in, but I'm not sure. If I do that, the only intake fan would be the 200mm on the side once it's mounted.
Recommendations appreciated. Tx.
Edited by Goatblaster - 7/8/13 at 5:56am