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Water Cooled and still very hot?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by lewy, Jan 9, 2008.

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  1. lewy

    lewy Thread Starter

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    Hi
    Can anyone advise me here, I have an Alienware desktop that i've started to upgrade,
    I've installed a pair of 8800 ultras and a QX6800 Extreme cpu . The pc's about 11 months old and came with it's own water cooling for it's original duo x6800, i'm trying to put some mild over clocking in place but my cpu temps are too high ,idle in the bios show 70c with standard settings ie no over clock . The rad doesn't feel hot at all , I'm not sure how critical the heat paste is as I didn't have a lot spare when I changed the cpu's over, I've heard this type of cpu is supposed to be a good over clocker even just with air cooling.
    Any ideas anyone?.

    Thanks Adrian.
     
  2. WarC

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    What kind of paste did you use between the CPU and heatsink?
     
  3. lewy

    lewy Thread Starter

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    I'll be honest the local computer shop guy gave me and old syringe with a very small amount in, I didn't see the brand. But the amount was about the size of a match head.

    Adrian
     
  4. WarC

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    Thats probably it then. The thermal compound is vital to the process. Only at that point can the water cooling system do its thing. You may want to go back to that shop and ask if the guy has any Arctic Silver Ceramique...It is a very good paste, and it does not contain the silver that its pricier cousin has in it. Still, it is by far better than most of the gloopy white or gray stuff out there. Antec makes a silver thermal compound as well, but with the silver stuff you have to be very careful of not letting any of it run off the chip.
     
  5. lewy

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    Thanks for the info , I was looking at the pastes and wasn't sure which one ,I know now the one to get. Is it right that applying it useing your finger is a no no ?.

    Adrian.
     
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