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Windows 7: Overheating

16 Nov 2010   #11
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Overheating-hpim0911.jpgFirst off the Zalman is designed to be used with the fan shroud removed so my first idea would be to remove CPU cooler and clean off the base plates first noticing if you got good coverage from the first seating. If you got good coverage of the thermal paste than reapply as before after removing the shroud. As long as before you have the CPU fan exhausting towards the rear case fan then just clean the fan blades on all case fans. Reassemble the system and watch temps. My opinion secondly is that the video card is stealing air flow to the CPU. I would run your GPU in a lower PCI-e card slot and allow better flow to all components. Lastly if after this step you still have high temps at the CPU then I would swap out both front and rear fans with a premium Noctura or Akasa fan set.




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20 Nov 2010   #12
1strail

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

One other possible change would be to replace the CPU fan with either a corsair h50 using 2 fans or the h70 which comes with 2 fans, push/ pull configuration. This will reduce your CPU temp quite a bit and also force you to re-address the thermal paste possibility as well as the CPU fan seating possibility. I have an h50 and it lowered my CPU temp by 18c right off the bat.
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20 Nov 2010   #13
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

The Zalman will do a good job at cooling though I tossed it for the H50 in push pull setup. The Zalman will do great as long as you not trying to OC to a large extent.
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15 Dec 2010   #14
Brendan M

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Problem solved. A new case, the coolermaster 690 advanced. Changed the rear fan for one with a greater airflow rate, added a side fan and another fan inside the case. It's situated in the drive bay area and basically pushes a lot of air towards my zalman cooler which then pushes air to the rear fan. I did remove the plastic shroud off the zalman
My pc now runs about 5 degrees cooler unloaded and when running prime 95 for 2 hours it never got over 71 degrees. I am now ready to think about overclocking.

Dumb question but which is the best thread to read on overclocking. I am a newbie to this and I want to be as careful as possible. Only looking for a mild overclock.
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15 Dec 2010   #15
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Best thread is "Overclocking and case modifications". Glad to hear your temps are running cooler for you. Your new case sound nice you should post some pic's for use to enjoy in the "Show us your Rig" post. Cheers !
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