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Old 08-13-2009, 04:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Right now, I'm idling at 35*C, and run 46-47*C under full load. I know these numbers are very acceptable, but I've upgraded everything but my HSF on my computer, so why not try to go lower? So far, I've been looking at 3 coolers, but suggestions on others would be greatly appreciated. First option is the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer (Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - CPU Fans & Heatsinks) I have heard great things, have had it recommended by several people. Option 2 is a Cooler Master 120MM Rifle (Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER RR-B20-N620-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks), looks like a great HSF combo, and my buddy actually has this, and can't shut up about it. Last option is the Scythe Mugen (Newegg.com - Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks). What seems to be a great HSF combo, and relatively the same price as the others, and I wouldn't have to wait for shipping, as a local computer shop has these for a couple dollars more than newegg has them. I'm running an overclocked 4050e, but will be upgrading to either a 245, 940, or 720.
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Scythe Mugen, cos it's basically my HS with an extra copper pipe.
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I'd go with the Mugen or the CCF. I have the CCF, and it works great. 3.7ghz @ 1.525v 24/7, maxes out at 40c full load. As we speak, it's actually down to 37c.
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Thank you both. So far, I've been more inclined to just run down to the PC shop, and pick up the Scythe. Will I see a noticeable drop in temperatures vs. stock? I'm running at 35C now, If I could it get in into high 20's/lower 30's, I would be more than happy with the purchase.
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Can't speak for the Scythe, but I can say my temps dropped to a ridiculous amount when I moved from stock to the CCF.
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Wow, it's got to be bad air circulation in my case or something. I'm getting 40C idle temps on my 5400+ at like 1.325v 3.2GHz using the CCF.... Somethings definitely not right Yay tomorrow I get my fan upgrades and can start working out a solution!
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I usually get 28/29C idle on my scythe ninja (the mugen is just a bigger version of the ninja with an extra cooling pipe), sometimes <33 if it's a hot day. Never seen it go above 50 on load. I would quote my voltage and such but I ain't at my comp and I can't remember.
If I went higher than 4GHz on my build, heat would not be an issue.
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Wow, it's got to be bad air circulation in my case or something. I'm getting 40C idle temps on my 5400+ at like 1.325v 3.2GHz using the CCF.... Somethings definitely not right Yay tomorrow I get my fan upgrades and can start working out a solution!
I have an ambient temperature of 75*F in my house, and I actually lowered my CPU temp by 2*C when I did some crappy wire management. How much thermal paste did you use?
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I have same situation as you (75*F house temp). Wires are out of the way, fairly well managed. I even reapplied thermal grease because I was worried I had used too much, and I put just a thin line this time. It lowered temps by about 2-3C but still at 40C idle.
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I have same situation as you (75*F house temp). Wires are out of the way, fairly well managed. I even reapplied thermal grease because I was worried I had used too much, and I put just a thin line this time. It lowered temps by about 2-3C but still at 40C idle.
Have you tried taking your side off? I just read quite a few reviews saying people have had temp issues. What voltage is it at? There was a couple people that said they lowered the voltage, but then you would most likely have to lower your OC, but you could get lucky and not have to.
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