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ttiefenbach

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Currently my cpu temp stays around 60C when in normal operation. I know that is to high, so I'm looking to upgrade the heatsink and fan. I've been told the ThermalRight SLK-800 is one of the best, if not the best heatsink. I was think of a 80mm fan that pushes about 80CFM. I also plan to add Arctic Silver 3 to the chip.

<b>Is this an overkill for my use?</b> I don't have any plans to overclock. I've been told by someone that I don't need anything that big, and that the AMD supplied heatsink should be good. <b>maybe the supplied heatsink is installed improperly? Could I go to a 40 CFM fan, which has the lower noise?</b>
 

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I use a volcano 6 [not even the + model] with an XP2000+ it runs at 36-40C under load. I would look for a quite fan since I do not like to noise made by the 7000RPM + fans.
Your temps really should be cooler than 60C with a stock hsf. When you install the fan make sure that it is fitted correctly. They are easy to get on incorrectly. Use either thermal paste or the pad that comes with the hsf. If it does not have a pad then be sure to use thermal compound. Follow directions carefully and you should have a cool running pc.

You should have two case fans; one blowing air in from the bottom front and one blowing out from the top rear of the case. In addition make sure that wires, cables etc. are tied up and out of the way so you get good airflow. There is more to a cool running AMD than just the hsf.
 
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