Should I be thinking about alternative cooling methods?

By krayzie
Jan 17, 2013
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  1. Hi Guys
    currently my CPU is at 85c and inside my case its 54c and teh GFX cards are at 41c
    my setup is
    i5 2500k NOT over clocked
    8GB of G.Skill rip jaw... 2x4GB not over clocked
    120GB crutial SSD
    2x Seagate 1.5TB HDD
    xfired 6950's
    I have a antec 1200 case
    I guess it doesnt help that its going to be 41c in sydney today
    but I feel like I need to do some better cooling. I was thinking about cooling cpu and the 2 gfx cards aswell
    what do you guys recommend?
  2. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 866   +167

    Well 85c is extremely hot for an idle temp. What sort of cooling solution are you working with currently?

    It seems like what ever CPU cooler you're using may be seated wrong or has too much thermal paste applied. Because 85c on a stock clocked & idle i5-2500k is terrible.
  3. krayzie

    krayzie Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Well it is a hot day in sydney australia 40c outside

    but I am just using the stock intel cooler
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,197   +555

    I don't get how xfired cards can sit at 41 while case is 54. That is shocking.

    Post pics of your case. Your fan placement or something must be whack. Also your CPU HSF must be wrong, as posted above.
  5. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TechSpot Booster Posts: 375   +64

    I agree with Blfx1 and St1ckM4n. If whatever monitoring software you are using is reading your temps accurately, then your cooler must be improperly seated or your fans are off kilter somehow. At 85°C idle, your CPU is past the throttling point even before it begins to do anything even remotely heavy.

    Try re-seating your cooler. I'd clean out the previous layer of TIM and re-apply. Not too much, mind you.

    What monitoring software are you using?
  6. krayzie

    krayzie Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Sorry guys I read the temps wrong..

    using HWmonitor

    Attached Files:

  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,197   +555

    Yeah, that looks a lot better lol.
  8. krayzie

    krayzie Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Wow.. so everybody dont use speed fan :(
  9. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 866   +167

    Alright! Those numbers is what id probably expect from a stock cooler. Especially if you live in a place where it is pretty warm out. I would recommend getting a after market CPU cooler. There are a lot of inexpensive coolers that provide great cooling. Give us a budget and we can shoot you some suggestions.
  10. krayzie

    krayzie Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 62

    Well if its just for a after market fan cooler... then probably $100

    bit more for more serious cooling
  11. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 866   +167

    Well, unless you're going for some high OC's on your CPU or GPU's then you don't need "serious" cooling.

    Tell me, Do you plan to OC your 2500K or keep it at stock clocks?


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