Originally Posted by stickg1
I put in the nylon washers yesterday. That definitely helped after lapping. I got a about a 4 degree celsius improvement.
I've been looking for some nylon washers around town but nobody seems to sell them. So either I'll have to find a source online or create my own using a drill and whatever non-conductive scrap I can muster up (some wood perhaps).
I'm wondering if I should even be worrying though. I've upped my 3770K to 4.5 GHz with 1.20 volts today and with an ambient temperature hovering between 16C and 17C, I'm seeing upwards of 74C while running Prime95. It will run for about four hours before encountering an error, always on the hottest core (number 2). I'll probably have to up the volts a bit, which means more heat.
I just keep seeing others having better cooling success, usually about 5C to 10C cooler than me at similar settings and this is what has me believing I should be doing better. So is this the best I can expect or should I continue mucking about with reseating, maybe even go so far as to buy some new fans with better static pressure (Gentle Typhoon 1850 RPM's or Corsair SP120's perhaps)? I feel like I could have done just as well with a good air cooler, which I at least wouldn't have to worry about leaking. I use my PC for everything; gaming, rendering, multimedia playback, etc. It's on 24/7 and that has me concerned whether or not I made the right choice in coolers reliability-wise.
I'm also currently looking at changing the 140mm blow hole fan from my Corsair AF140 Silent to something with a bit more airflow while changing it's grill to something less restrictive just to make sure enough air is moving through the case. Besides the 920's filtered radiator bringing somewhat cool air into the case via the rear, there are also two filtered Lian Li 120mm blue LED fans bringing air in through the front, about 1200 RPM each. I could replace them all and add a fan controller I suppose. Hate all the extra wiring though lol.