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Old 12-24-2007, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

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Coolermaster Wavemaster case.
Nvidia 680i SLI Mobo
2.4Ghz Core2 Duo E6600
4Gb OCZ Reaper PC2-8500
700w PSU
Geforce 8800 GTS (640Mb)

Ok, I've just overclocked my 2.4Ghz to 3ghz. Currently, at idle state, Coretemp 0.94 shows the cores running at roughly 43-45c. When I play something like Crysis, the temps flucuate between roughly 63-70c.

Call me picky, but I believe those temps are a little high, even for something as advanced as Crysis.

My current CPU Cooler is the Zalman CNPS9500 LED (Arctic Silver 5 compound).

My case, the Coolmaster Wavemaster is a nice case, but its become a bit of a nightmare in recent months, as the pull-out mobo tray on the back creates a recess which deducts a couple of cm's from the overall width of the case. This means I can't put coolers such as the Scythe Infinity or Thermalrights new range in the case...

Therefore, I'm faced with two options. Either I buy a better case, for ventilation (I've got my eye on the Thermaltake Armour) which should allow for a bigger cooler, OR I find myself a decent cooler for my current case.

Which is best? Also, do any of you guys know what the best cooler is that would fit inside the Wavemaster? I think the dimensions for the Zalman cooler that I currently have is 85mm x 112mm x 125mm.

The Zalman just fits into the case, I think at a push, I'd get away with a cooler measuring maybe...127-128mm in height max.

So I either...

1. Buy a bigger case
2. Find a better cooler that'll fit in my current case
3. Stop being so nitpicky and live with my current rig for now!

Any suggestions would be awesome, thanks all.
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Try cleaning out the case and the Zalman ( I cleaned mine out my temps dropped 7c), and reseating the HSF. I have the same Zalman as you and my idle is 40-39c and load 45-47. There shouldn't be such a big hop in temps with your current HSF, it's a great one in my opinion.
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Try cleaning out the case and the Zalman ( I cleaned mine out my temps dropped 7c), and reseating the HSF. I have the same Zalman as you and my idle is 40-39c and load 45-47. There shouldn't be such a big hop in temps with your current HSF, it's a great one in my opinion.
Woah, awesome temps, Preacher. I might try reseating it and cleaning it after Christmas. There's definately something not right with my rig if you are getting those sorts of temps.
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Yeah and my PC , is under my desk. My system includes 2 intake 80mm and 2 out take 80mm fans my case is a non brand.
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thermalright ultra extreme 120 with a scythe fan
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thermalright ultra extreme 120 with a scythe fan
cheers, mgcook. I'll look into that.

Tbh, I'm tempted to buy the Thermaltake Armour and be done with it.
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TT make crap cases in my opinion , i would look at gigabyte.
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Even the Armour? well tbh, I'm torn between the Armour and One of Antec's models. The Antec 900 seems like a good case, its supposedly the "ultimate gamers case"
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Eh... we can discuss that ... Antec 900's are popular post in the Upgrade forum with your budget and im sure the neweggers can help ya .
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Coretemp 0.94 shows the cores running at roughly 43-45c.

why are you using core temp 0.94 anyways maybe thats why your temps are sooo high because maybe they are wrong update too the latest version.
http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/CoreTempBeta.zip
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