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Hi,

I'm new here, though I've been lurking for a while. Anyway I recently upgraded my CPU and mobo to whats in my current system, specifically an i7-950, and I was wondering if my stock temps were too high. At the moment I've got a Noctua NH-U12P with 2 fans in push-pull configuration blowing directly towards one of the 140mm exhaust fans on my case, however at load it's not uncommon for me to see temps as high as 68+C, with idle temps around 45C. The CPU is currently at stock settings, as I don't want to push an overclock until I've resolved the heat question.

Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 35
Might of been a bad TIM application or just a bad seating of the cpu heatsink, try reseating
post #3 of 35
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hmm, I was considering doing a reseat, bit of a pain in the ass, but better than having a bad CPU. I'll have a look later and post any changes. For the record I use the Noctua thermal paste that comes with the cooler, I've heard it's pretty good.
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post #4 of 35
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After taking the heat sink off I think there was too much thermal paste, so I've removed and re-applied the TIM and reset the sink, will have to see if that improves temps. Initially it looks like there has been a small improvement, though I'll have to see if it holds up to a long burn.
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post #5 of 35
As you have said, though I haven't used that paste specifically I understand it's par for included paste- maybe even superior -but if I were going to be looking at spending 10 dollars anywhere I would be thinking about picking up some paste made by a company that specializes in it. Of course I must recommend IC7 Diamond as that is what I have used and swear by. Others recommend Arctic Cooling Mx-4 (as good as MX-3 but better application) and any other number of favourites from across the board.

I believe it was very competitive a few years ago and, assuming it's the same blend (NT-H1 Pro Grade?) that I've read about. There are better pastes out there but you certainly could have done worse (Colgate).

Keep us posted... I would expect stock values to come in significantly lower than that but they're still not horrible.
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post #6 of 35
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There seems to have been a marginal improvement (read: ~1C decrease) in temps, though it's still early to say. It is the NT-H1 paste that comes standard with the Noctua coolers. I've had a look at my usual parts place and they only have MX-4 paste, so I might invest in some of that, though I'm not sure if there would be a huge improvement.

I'm starting to wonder if there is some problem with the airflow in my case, for example my GTX 470 is currently 2C cooler than my 950, with both at idle, which doesn't sound right. I can post a pic of my current setup if it would help.
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post #7 of 35
I wouldn't compare your graphics card to your processor- different beasts entirely. What type of ambient temperature are you running in the case? That could be contributing. The paste you have was being compared with MX-2 and barely keeping up if not being beaten out so Mx-4 should make a measurable difference. It's at LEAST worth a shot and finding out might be worth some rep to some people. Keep in mind a few degrees difference puts you back in the 30s from what you'd be sitting at now.

As for your case setup, provided the front fans are generally blowing in, the rear fans are blowing out and the top fan is blowing up it should be configured fine. I researched your case and there is no shortage of fans- though I didn't see any on the side where I was looking and it appears to be more of an esthetic case than one made for high airflow. We'll see a bit more when we look at your ambient case temperature. Also ensure your push pull arrangement on the sink itself is actually moving air from the front of the case out the back.
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post #8 of 35
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I know there's a fair bit of difference, but I've never seen any of my GPUs have a similar temp to a CPU, not at idle anyway. Hell my old 8800GT idles at 65, though that's running the stock cooler.

I've got the CPU cooler pointed up, straight out the top exhaust fan, is that going to cause a problem with airflow? I don't think there'd be any room left for a side fan, not with the height of the CPU cooler and the width of the GPU cooler arrangement. I'm having a difficult time getting a stable ambient, the outside temps here have been pretty high, 30+ on most days, and the air conditioner is all over the place in what it thinks are good room temps.

I'll order the MX-4, though it'll probably take several days to get here, and I doubt there'd be any stores open on the weekend that'd stock it, not at a reasonable price anyway.
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post #9 of 35
Since your from Adelaide same as me we've had some pretty hot weather my room gets up to 28c that could be your problem or your using to much thermal paste
    
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post #10 of 35
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Yeah my room tends to stick around that temp, though the CPU is still a fair bit warmer than I'd like. My old Q6600, which was moderately overclocked, used to sit around 5C warmer than room, which was pretty good, same case and cooler too.
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