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A while back before I moved I overclocked my rig to 3.5GHZ stable, with idle temps of 44C according to TAT.<br />
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After my move I've gone back to the same identical overclock and am now back at 3.5Ghz. However, my temps are much, much higher than they were. I'm now idling at 56C!! <br />
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It's not overly hot out, so I don't think ambient temps have much to do with it. I'm sure maybe just a little bit, but not a 12C difference. <br />
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I looked inside and the Zalman I have is working properly, but my temps are terrible. What could be the issue here? Furthermore, what's the solution?<br />
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oh, here's my cpu-z validation btw - <a href="http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=132644" target="_blank">http://valid.x86-secret.com/show_oc?id=132644</a>
 

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Perhaps your move jostled the HSF. Try reseating it first and see if that helps.
 

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When I opened up the case after the move the HSF was slightly turned a little bit. I moved it back to the correct position and made sure it was tighly screwed on. <br />
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You think I should remove it altogether and put it back on?
 

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Yes. Clean all applicable surfaces completely with a xylene-based cleaner that has no additives, or rubbing alcohol will do (Highest percentage possible) and re-apply TIC (AS5 <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> ).
 

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NP <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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If that's not it re-post.
 

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You should not have moved the system with the 9500 attached. Intel does not recommend the moving of a system with a heatsink over 350g IIRC. Moving a computer from the desk to the workshop is fine.....putting it in a car and driving across town is not. Next time, be sure to remove the heatsink before moving it.<br><br>
Also, 55c is what you should be shooting for a max load temp, a 56c idle temp is dangerous. Defiantly re-seat the heatsink, see if it drops back if you really feel your ambient hasn't changed.<br><br>
Needless to say, my main solution for you would be getting a new heatsink, something with a little better design <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Well it wasnt exactly driven from one town to another...more like shipped via USPS across the country. I prolly should have removed it prior to, but I was in a rush and really didnt care at that time, so now I'll just have to fix 'er up. <br />
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Can't find my AS5 so I just ordered some from the egg. I'll get it cleaned up and put back on in a couple days. I've since gone back to stock speesd and much lower temps. And the Zalman works great when it's seated properly, I don't see any reason to replace it.
 

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I know, I know...bad elmike, bad. <br />
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To clean the thermal grease off, rubbing alcohol and a small rag will work, right? I assume the processor will need to be popped out and cleaned also...?
 

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</div>Yup! try and use a "lint-free" rag. And yes, remove the processor and clean it carefully as well.<br />
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Gotcha, thanks again. I'll repost on this thread when all is said and done. Hopefully that stuff will be here tomorrow.
 

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Q-tips are good to use or Kitchen roll. I find Kitchen roll doesnt flake.<br><br>
If you use kitchen roll use one piece and take of any remaining thermal paste. Then dab another in the cleaning fluid (i use 91% alcohol) and wipe the cpu and heatsink down. Then get another piece and use it to remove any liquids that not evaporated. At this point the cpu should be shiney and be mirror like.<br><br>
Next put a pea sized amount of as5 on the middle of the cpu. Then try and mount the zalman on first time to avoid air bubbles. When its mounted push firmly down on the centre of the zalman to ensure the paste has spread. Then fire her up.<br><br>
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thanks, mate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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Well I finally got some AS5 in today. I took off the HSF, cleaned it up all pretty and nice like...same for the cpu. I then placed the CPU back in, placed a small amount of AS5 on it according to the website, reseated the HSF and presto....<br />
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oh wait, my temps are STILL too high. I'm idling at 45 right now at stock everything. <br />
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So I'm thinking maybe I'll try again and use less AS5. Any suggestions?
 

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Hilarious, "across the country", *****!!! That would constitute a move... <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" /> <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
 

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i have similar problems, <br />
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im idle @ 54C and load at 64C (TAT) with no OC<br />
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i have been in contact with Intel, Gigabyte and the place i bought it from, all with no solution <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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if i get to the source of the problem i'll let you know.<br><a href="http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazonaws.com/b/bd/bd0965ca_vbattach33945.jpeg"><img src="http://www.overclock.net/image/id/616497/width/525/height/525/flags/LL"></a>
 

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LOL thanks for your support! j/k<br />
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I had no other choice. I mean I could have taken the rig apart piece by piece...but I simply didn't have time for all that. Everything made it here alright...I just have higher temps than I'd like. hehe<br />
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So other than poking fun at me, which I know you people LOVE to do...do you have any suggestions?
 

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what's your voltage at right now?
 

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According to CPU-Z my voltage is at 1.440V, so not OVERLY high. I still don't think I should be idling this high. But for s**ts and grins, I'll hit up the BIOS and set that back to normal and see how much it drops.<br />
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Also, see the attached thumbnail. This is how I applied the AS5 (according to their website). I'm beginning to think this is too much.<br><a href="http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazonaws.com/9/90/90a9ec76_vbattach33946.jpeg"><img src="http://www.overclock.net/image/id/616496/width/525/height/525/flags/LL"></a>
 
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