Originally Posted by The Pook
Thermal paste is for small surface differences, not to fill 0.5 - 2+ mm gaps. You need thermal pads.
Unless your thermal pads are ripped, they're likely fine. They can be reused.
Alrighty. Thanks for the info. Appreciate all your help.
Originally Posted by mattliston
What actual case is being used?
Seems odd that with several fans, temperatures are still hard to manage.
Are any of the fans actually moving enough air to satisfy you if you put your hand near it?
Any chance of a picture of the current setup? BIOS images?
For the time being, I would clock the cores to 4ghz, and focus on getting voltages as low as they can to be stable.
Perhaps you simply have an odd setting that is causing a brute force voltage approach.
I can tell you from experience, an FX 8 core at 4ghz, 2600mhz matching NB and HT link, and having your ram run at its spec, should still feel like a snappy computer for the most part wen compared to a dodgy 4.5ghz core overclock.
Once you get the voltages all dialed in correctly, THEN you can focus on going further.
It does kinda sound like keeping an eye out for a stronger motherboard for a good price might be a smart move though.
I'm using a Matrexx 55 Deepcool case. Before I changed my fans, the front top fan was exhausting cool air. Someone said to just remove the back fan on a different post and leave the others the way they are, or to take off the top front fan. After a few tests, I concluded that my current fan setup is the best it can be. I already tried, even with the case fully open, putting a fan as exhaust or intake as close to all of these heatsinks as possible and the temps didn't change. The only time it changed was for the first and third temps when I had the fan on the GPU exhausting cool air to the back of the case. Doing this double fan on the back exhaust has made my temps way more consistent and cool.
Running 4.4ghz right now with only the CPU voltage up by 0.07 and RAM to 1.550v. Under the CPU features, I have all those enabled because it doesn't hinder my overclocks at all. Believe me, I've tried both on and off, it changes nothing except how cool my CPU can be. Currently idle at around 30c on my CPU with Chrome open and CAM. If I give it more time, it could drop as low as 20c or lower. I've seen the mobo at ~20/35/30 if idle long enough on 4.4ghz. The picture of my BIOS that showed my bus and ratio was blurry, you can see the rest. My bus is 210, ratio is 21. I'm not just doing the ratio because I've found better results with the bus higher and since I can't clock it further anyway, I may as well.