e6400 at 55c idle? and a few others - thanks!
Sorry to bombard with questions lately... finished the e6400 build yesterday and have a few more before i get it up and running as main system.
1 - idle, i'm at 55c, which seems incredibly high. from what I could tell, the stock hs/fan was installed correctly and all pins went through (worst design ever), but at these temps I'm guessing something went wrong. first i took took the thermal pad off and applied ceramique as directed to cpu and hs base. i did have to pull the hs off once to reset it and make sure it was locked in. Do you need to clean and reapply the paste each time you remove hs? When I looked at it, it hadn't quite smoothed out - on the cpu, the paste looked like it spread out but had all sorts of little spikes (like spikey cake frosting i guess) and wasn't smooth. any suggestions? i'm looking at an aftermarket cooler now, but I heard the stock was fine as long as no overclocking.
2 - first time with sata drives. no raid, just 2 drives straight up. installed the first one to get up and running and xp installed. then went back and installed the 2nd and it's detected in device mgr but not displaying under my comp. the asus P5B-E manual said to put the 'data' drive, which to me is drive #2, in the 5th sata slot (black). Is that causing the problem?
3 - if anyone has the sonata 2 with hd rails w/ the rubber grommets - case only came with 4 of those long screws, so right now i have 2 in each drive, but want 4 per. Are those readily available at a local comp shop, or are they special ordered from antec?
Thanks for the help guys!