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Hi, I just finished building a rig with an e8400 paired with the xigmatek 1283 and I just ran systemfan and it says my temps are 45 at idle on both cores. Isn't this a little high? I have a 4870 and 2 sticks of 2GB corsair dominator RAM in there. I haven't changed any fan settings (I wouldn't really know how).

Edit:I should also add that the case is a Cooler Master CM690 and that the ambient temp is around 75.
 

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I have a Q6600 Oc to 3.0. with the same cooler and case (with most of the extra fans installed) and I get 37 deg. Idle. The pushpins with the xigmatek suck. That might be your problem. I got the Thermalright 775 bolt thru kit for it and it dropped my idle tems 3-4 deg. Xigmatek also makes a bolt down kit called the [strike]achillies[/strike] crossbow which will also work. Check that your proc fan is blowing towards the rear case fan. Check the thermalpaste. For the direct touch heat pipe coolers you need to put thermal paste in thin lines along each of the heat pipes.
 

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Well I have the bolt kit, but maybe I oriented the heatsink the wrong way, the fan is blowing upward instead of to the back of the case...there's a hole at the top of the case so it's just as easy for air to escape up as it is top.

But maybe the heatsink was meant to go on the other way grrr....

I don't feel like reinstalling this thing.

Edit:Is there some fan setting for the HS fan that I don't know about? I don't know if I can adjust that or not.
 

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yeah... I dont know how the orientation of the heat pipe affect things, but getting the compound on right makes a difference.

My Q6600 should be putting out 50% + more heat than your dual core.

If you put a case fan in the top of the case to remove the hot air from the Cpu cooler it might help. Or just rotate the cooler.

CPU fan settings are in the bios, high fan speeds wont kick in until 60 deg C. or more. what kind of mobo are you using? What kind of volts and OC are you running?

I have hit 3.6GHz with my CPU but had to up the volts and then my idle temps were around 45.
 

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Add top fans to the CM 690. Turn your HSF to blow out the back. Fix your temps then get overclocking. U have the gear... 3.6 should be a snap. My Temps are with my case in side a desk. It can be done. I'm sitting with my hottest core at 36 right now. Ambient is 23 deg. C.
 

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Yup, so what? If it is not working properly, you are going to have to do that if you want to fix it.

Here are two ways to put on the Thermal Compound.

http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=556324

I don't know which is better. I used the method proposed by Tuksonrider which should optimize contact area. Spawne32's does not make as much sense to me, but others claim success with it it would have the advantage of using less compound.

http://www.ocforums.com/showthread.php?t=549530 <- Again see Tuksonrider