Normal temps for CPU and GPU

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  1. twinturboteddy

    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    My CPU and GPU are both peaking around 70C and I've been noticing that my PC has been crashing while playing games a lot.

    Using stock heatsinks and fans. AMD 3500+, and 6800 Ultra.

    Idle temps are around 42C for CPU and 54C for GPU.

    No overclock.

    So you guys think 70C is peaking too high for CPU and GPU?

    If so, what cooling setup do you prefer. Don't really want to go watercooling since I don't overclock.
     
  2. Runescaper

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    70c is kind of high for the CPU but I think it's normal for the GPU. I'm not familar with all the different cooling options though so I can't really provide much help with that.
     
  3. Pet3R

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    70C is high for a CPU, especially for an AMD, because I have an Intel 560J @ 3.6GHz Prescott, and under load, the max temp. it'll hit is 60C. The max temp. a 6800 Ultra should be getting under load is around 55C.

    I recommend getting a better case that has good airflow (Ex: Cooler Master Cavalier 3 or Cooler Master Wave Master). For the CPU HSF, I'd get a Zalman.
    CPU HSF:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835118115

    GPU HSF:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835186133
    OR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835118117

    And Artic Silver Thermal Compound will help drop temps.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835100007

    Another factor to consider is your wire management. Try to tuck your wires away or behind the motherboard tray. Use zip ties to try to keep wires from view.
     
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    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    shitty pic of my internals

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  6. Pet3R

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    oh, u have 6800 ultra's on sli. hmm, then the artic cooler and zalman hsf for the gpu is useless, since they wouldn't fit well. I'd still get the zalman hsf for the cpu and apply the artic silver thermal compound.

    have you tried putting the gpu's under load with the side panel off?

    try taking off the hsf off the gpu's and clean off the thermal compound on the gpu with ethyl alcohol - just dont get any thermal compound or alcohol on anything eslse. =] , and apply some artic silver thermal compound.

    but then again, you are running two 6800 ultra's, so 70C is reasonable.

    You are experiencing in-game crashes probably because your gpu's aren't getting enough power - my games used to crash a lot because lack of power to my components, so i got a new psu, and everything works great now, or it's mainly because your cpu is over heating too much.
     
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    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    At first I thought it was PSU you and bought a new PSU.

    You can imagine how pissed I was that it was still crashing afterwards.

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    You don't think the NV coolers will fit an SLI setup?
    Thanks for the suggestion on the CPU cooler. Imma order one tonight or just pick one up from Microcenter
     
  8. JaJae

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    You have wires covering your vent and that pci card is kinda close the to GPUs. You should have gone with a case that has more room under the gpus if you were gonna be running two 6800u's. I like that case a lot though personally. You have two fan slots under your GPU's. I strongly suggest using them. It looks like you'll get the best performance if you allow them to blow out. But check and see what works.

    Also on the very front/bottom of your case see if you can mount a fan to blow back through your case. It looks like the bottom two bays come out. See if you can find yourself a grill and attach two fans to it. There are some 5.25" fan inserts you can buy if you take out two 5.25" tabs. If you can't find one, even harddrive coolers should work. Get a couple of them with some decent fans and stack two. This will help blow some of the hot air out of your case and keep the GPUs cool.

    As mentioned above, get some artic silver thermal paste. Be generous.

    This may fit on the bottom GPU.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835186133
    I'd order one now and see if it fits on the top as well. If not just put it on the bottom. Upgrade your stock case fans as well.

    If none of that works you may need a new case or do some serious case modding.

    Good luck.

    EDIT: It looks like your door grill can also hold a fan. When you upgrade your main case fans I'd put a stock one there.
     
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    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    That was a lot of useful info!

    Never even thought about putting extra case fans on.

    I love this case too much to get another one.

    THANKS! I'm gonna head to the store and check out what options I have. I tried fitting a 120mm fan to the side door and it actually doesn't fit, LOL. I know it looks like it does.
     
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    Yeah, I still think that you should get a new case. Add more fans like mentioned above.
     
  11. JaJae

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    looks like an 80mm
     
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    WTF are you talking about? Putting a ACS cooler on each of the 6800Ultras with SLI wouldn't be a problem at all with fitting them in.

    Here's a review where they are building a quiet PC and and used 2 ACSilencer 6s on 2 6600GTs running SLI and didn't have any problems, infact the 2 coolers together is far quieter than a single stock cooler.
    http://www.nvnews.net/articles/quietsli/page_5.shtml

    There is a single card space between the top and botton card when running SLI and that is the space that the ACSilencer will take up. Then you'd lose the same space with the lower card.
    The problem would come in if you use those card slots.

    There is no difference between the thickness of the Silencer 6 (used in the review) and the Silencer 5 (used for 6800series cards). Their main difference is how they mount on the card.
     
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    How many HD's do you have in the case?
     
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    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    All the new fans HSF and stuff are in!

    HOLY SHIT.

    System idles at 27C and on full load no more than 35C.

    It was idling at 45C and peaking at 70C before!!!

    All this due to all the advice provided here. Haven't touched GPU yet. Awaiting delivery from newegg for the GPU cooler.

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    THANKS GUYS!

    No word yet on if it's really reducing crashes, but it looks like it has so far. I has ran a full system virus checker last night (hasn't been able to do so in months because of constant crashes) and ran 3dmark05 no problem (9200).
     
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    Good job!
     
  17. deusexaethera

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    Nice work. I'd bet most of the cooling is done by the arctic silver heat goop and the extra case fan. Can't cool off a hot CPU with hot air and a heatsink that isn't actually conducting any heat.
     
  18. twinturboteddy

    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    That tiny Arctic Silver goop was 9.99!!!!

    FUCK!
     
  19. Runescaper

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    That CPU heatsink + fan looks :cool:. I might get one for my system.
     
  20. deusexaethera

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    That's because it's made with real silver, which (I think) has the highest thermal conductivity of any metal. I know silver has the highest electrical conductivity of any metal, and people only use gold for electrical plugs because gold doesn't tarnish. Fortunately Arctic Silver somehow prevents the silver particles from letting stray static zap your CPU.
     
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    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    Intalled the GPU cooler today

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    Honestly, noticed 0 change. Other than it cools faster. But idle and peak temps are pretty much the same. BAH!!!! I need to put that giant CPU cooler on the video card =D
     
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    Shouldve got the Zalman VF700 if you wanted better cooling. I went with the NV Silencer for it's....silence.
     
  23. AeroSquid

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    70c is actually low for 6800U max. my GT will hit 95 and it's still below the 120c throttle down set by nvidia. your video card temps are fine.
     

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