CPU cooler problem

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  • whatthefu 21 Aug 2012 16:52:51 853 posts
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    I recently reinstalled the stock cooler on my phenom ll x4 965 as I had been having problems with gaming performance, and this fixed it.
    I was using a Xigmatek HDT-S963, which according to my research before purchase and some overclocking benchmark is fine for this 125w processor.

    The stock cooler had pre applied thermal paste, so its possible I had applied the paste for the hdt incorrectly. Is it worth buying some Arctic Silver 5 paste and trying again? Is this cooler definitely good enough or should I buy the Arctic Freezer 13?
    After all the trouble I don't want to just go back to the noisy stock cooler. If I mess it up again though the preapplied paste on the stock cooler will need replaced I think.

    Thanks
  • Dirtbox 21 Aug 2012 16:57:05 77,480 posts
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    You only need a smear of paste, it's job is to seal the contact between the HSF and the CPU, not act like some sort of gooey buffer between the two.

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  • whatthefu 21 Aug 2012 17:06:27 853 posts
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    I didn't really put a great deal of paste on. I also tried installing it with a little fresh paste twice.
  • Dirtbox 21 Aug 2012 17:15:05 77,480 posts
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    Then the problem is with the cooler. Paste doesn't really amount to much unless it's a complete balls up.

    It's more likely to be the overclock than anything though.

    Edited by Dirtbox at 17:33:05 21-08-2012

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  • whatthefu 21 Aug 2012 17:50:42 853 posts
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    Thanks, ordered the Freezer 13.
  • whatthefu 25 Aug 2012 03:57:38 853 posts
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    Well the Freezer 13, which is supposed to support AM3 and up to 200w processors, seemingly doesnt cool my phenom ll x4 965 adequately.
    Earlier today games ran fine when I had the stock cooler running, since I installed the Freezer it is back to stuttering badly for intermittent periods, like with the xigmatek.
    According to the temp gauge, the max temp was 57c, while with the stock cooler it reached upto 62c - but stock ran ok.

    Really have no idea, just cant seem to get this thing working and quiet!
  • Dirtbox 25 Aug 2012 04:08:23 77,480 posts
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    As I said, stop trying to overclock it.

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  • Deleted user 25 August 2012 04:11:25
    Indeed, unless you're an emulation nerd like me there's almost no need to overclock other than wave your e-penis in front of a bunch fat sweaty nerds who've never managed to undo a bra.
  • whatthefu 25 Aug 2012 12:54:58 853 posts
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    But... its not overclocked lol.
    In my first post I just said i read a review of the xigmatek cooler and its supposedly adequate for overclocking. Yet mine stutters at stock speed when gaming. Even with the Freezer 13.

    Cant understand how the freezer can be cooler than the stock HSF but the stuttering is back.
  • Fake_Blood 25 Aug 2012 13:30:01 4,085 posts
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    What's the airflow in your case like?
    It might not be the cpu that's stuttering.
  • whatthefu 25 Aug 2012 13:53:04 853 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    What's the airflow in your case like?
    It might not be the cpu that's stuttering.
    Probably not great, its got no case fans and is sat under a table and at the corner of two walls.
    But even so, the stock cooler was used in the same space and it ran ok :(
  • whatthefu 25 Aug 2012 15:39:47 853 posts
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    Does the fan on the HSF suck cool air in over the heat pipes? (or blow hot air away?)
    The difference between the two aftermarket coolers and the stock is their orientation. Aftermarkets are perpendicular to the cpu and the stock is parallel with the cpu.

    Could this be causing an airflow problem?
  • whatthefu 25 Aug 2012 17:32:44 853 posts
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    Never used case fans before; there is a four pin connector on the mobo, near the CPU and similar to the cpu fan connector.
    Would this be the case fan power connection?

    Theres no room inside the case to mount the case fan due to the massive Freezer 13, can you mount it lower down, around/below where the gfx card is? Theres also a vent on the case down there.
  • whatthefu 26 Aug 2012 13:42:40 853 posts
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    Do the case fans have to be mounted by screws? Or can you get ones that mount with suction cups or anything?
    There are screw holes on one of the vents but its just under 8cm across, so I would worry that an 80mm fan wouldnt fit just right re screws.
    This vent with the screw holes is right where the freezer 13 is, so theres no room inside the case, the only option would be to mount it on the outside of the case. I'm not sure that sounds like a good idea
  • Fake_Blood 26 Aug 2012 13:51:11 4,085 posts
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    Dude can you post some pics of the inside of the case or something?
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