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New core 2 quad build

Postby dougsherwood1320 » Tue May 27, 2008 3:15 pm

I just finished upgrading my system with a new mobo and cpu.
The cpu runs about 60C at idle.
Here is what I have:

Coolermaster "stacker" case,
Intel D975xbx2 Mobo,
Intel Core 2 Quad-Q6600 "G0",
Coolermaster Gemini II HSF with two 120mm fans (artic silver 5 paste)
4-1GB Kingston 667mhz DDR2,
Ati Radeon HD 2600 XT w/512mb GDDR3,
Hauppage! TV tuner,
Linksys wmp300n wireless adapter,
4-Seagate 500GB SATA 300 Hard drives setup as 2 raid0 drives

I have plenty of room inside the case and 2 120mm case fans plus 2 80mm fans, well managed cables and no other obstructions (air flow not an issue). The system board runs a cool 28C.
By all rights, the CPU should run cool but, seems to run about 55-60C.
I plan to fold with this rig and run some AutoCad renderings. I am at a loss. Before I dismantle and re-set the HSF, I am asking what else I could check.
Any ideas are helpful,

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Postby RockyAMD » Thu May 29, 2008 4:24 am

Yes, those temps seem fairly high. On average most people depending on the ambient temps and type of cooling, most get around 50 idle, sometimes a lot less

Only thing I would recommend is to possibly look into lapping your HSF. Sometimes the base of the heatsink is convex or concave and doesn't make proper contact between the cpu and hsf, thus causing higher temps.

Other than that, re-set the HSF again try again.

Also, download CoreTemp if you haven't already have this program. Gives accurate temperatures per cores.
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Postby Mr T » Thu May 29, 2008 7:22 am

By all rights, the CPU should run cool but, seems to run about 55-60C
Thats fine, most of the systems I have built using them have been around that range (no returns)... Mine can get up to 63 deg C (overclocked to 3Ghz) running all day without a hitch... I would only worry if your system cuts out or BSOD's....
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Postby kenpachi » Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:03 pm

I have the same CPU overclocked to 3.0 ghz, and the temperature seems to be in the low 40's for two of the cores and upper 40's for the other two. I'm using the arctic cooler pro freezer 7 (some combination of those words). I've been running it for about 6 months and have had no problems yet.

I have my multiplier set to 9, and my fsb is 333Mhz. Hope this helps!
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