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  1. LetMeBeFrank

    LetMeBeFrank Won't tell anyone my name is actually Francis

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    I still game about 10-15 hours per week and cherish the time I have to do so. I would love to build a quiet little mini itx pc or something similar.

    I tried to use speedfan but I couldn't get it working right.
     
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    First make sure which fans make the most noise with speedfan. Then you can start tuning, try temperatures and noise with prime95(CPU) and Furmark(GPU) or similar.

    Configure fans for lower rpm in BIOS. If BIOS config is on high rpm, then SF won't be able to lower some fans.
     
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    Thanks for the video, looks pretty straight forward.

    Do you think I might need to reapply thermal paste if my CPU temps spike up to 60+ with short usage spikes but during sustained moderate use it doesn't get over 60-70c? This is with stock clocks.
     
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    Thermal paste should last some time, but yes, if you have sudden spikes to 70C it might be that you need to reapply the paste.

    I think I had at least one GPU that was quite new, I put new paste and temps went down 5-10 degrees C.



    This MX-2 paste works quite good for me.

    https://www.arctic.ac/eu_en/products/cooling/thermal-compound.html
     
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  5. Galm

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    These days that kind of temp is fine. The chips are getting rated for higher and higher temps. They put 8700ks in laptops now (I didn't typo that yes the real desktop chips) that can hold their clocks up to nearly 100C without real damage. That never used to be the case. It'll still shorten the lifespan a bit but not as much as it used to.

    I'd probably want to repaste my cpu if I started hitting closer to 80C. Have you messed with undervolting at all? If you're at stock clocks (or even mild OCs) it's an easy way to lower temps.
     
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    I disabled my overclock due to the temp spikes and my aio fans speeding up to match, the sound of which is pretty annoying. It didn't stop the spikes but it's alot less now. I think when I have time I will reapply thermal paste since it's pretty easy to do with an aio.

    Thanks to both of you.
     
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    Oh I didn't realize you have an AIO. What is your actual cpu? A repaste probably will help, those temps are higher than they should be for a cooler like that. WIth an 8700k those are temps I'd expect with a pretty hefty overclock over 5GHz.
     
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    I had a similar situation with a Corsair H100i V2. Under idle/light loads temps were OK but, as soon as any significant load was placed on the CPU temps would spike. In my case, I did not have proper clamping force to the CPU. I took it all apart, double checked all mounting hardware, and reassembled.

    Its also possible the AIO pump could be having issues. I had a h100i V2 fail at around the 10 month mark. It took me a bit to figure that out. At the end of the day, it might be a good idea to have an air cooler on standby just in case or at least until you can sort out your AIO issues.

    Good luck!
     
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    In addition the best aircoolers like a Noctua NH-D15 come within a couple degrees of the AIO watercoolers.

    If you really want good temps do a delid and repaste too.
     
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    Thanks guys, it's a 4790k with a h100i. This is my second Corsair aio, the other is a 1st generation h100 that is still going strong, now on my work pc, a ryzen 1600. I'll be ordering some thermal paste and doing a reapplication next week.
     
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    Before changing my thermal compound I ran an aida64 test to get a baseline, and then I took my computer outside to blow out the dust. I noticed only one of the fans for my aio had dust on the filter, turns out the Silverstone pwm fan controller I bought a while back doesn't work right. The glossy port (the one it's supposed to get rpm reference from) wasn't actually turning on that fan. So I plugged it into a different port and finished dusting. I then applied the new paste, arctic mx-4. When I booted up the computer all fans were working and it was idling significantly cooler and quieter than before with way less temp spiking. Not sure how much of this is due to the new paste and how much is due to both fans spinning. I also ran aida64 after and here are both results:

    Before:
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    After:
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    I think tomorrow after work I'll disable that fan again and run the test to compare thermal paste before/after.
     
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    Here are my results for properly OC'ing an i5 3570k to 4.5GHz with MSI z77 board. Goal was to have some energy saving features enabled.

    First OC attempt
    (voltage too high?) 4.5GHz ,coreV: 1.25V. In game performance was significantly better vs before (4.2GHz CoreV: - auto)
    The problem with the 4.5GHz OC was that the voltage was too high and CPU power spiked to 70watts, basically instant increase to 68-70 C degrees. It seemed like too much power.

    Second OC attempt
    (stable) - 4.4 [email protected] , added new thermal paste just in case and changed CPU fan (Bitfenix Spectre PWM, before i used Bitfenix case fan because it is inaudible at 1000rpm). Now temps hit only 60-62 deg C with prime95 on maximum load.

    Final OC settings (stable) - 4.5 [email protected], using OC Genie2 mode(motherboard mode that enables all OC features), but i am still able to use power saving features, clocks down to 1.6GHz and in between. (EIST - on; TurboBoost - off, not needed as EIST changes clocks anyway; C1E - must be enabled in my case for EIST)
    wPrime score 262,55s
     
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    Now that H370 and B360 boards are out, I went and purchased an i5 8400 and Gigabyte H370 HD3 for myself! 280 on newegg, plus I'm selling off my older i5 6500 to a buddy for 75, so around a 200 net investment.

    Will post pictures once I install.
     
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    Here's a shot of the inside of my year and a half old build

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    Core components

    • i7 6900K - OC from 3.2GHz to 4.2GHz (AVX multiplier offset of 5)
    • Noctua NH-D15 Heatsink
    • EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard
    • 64GB DDR4 G.Skill Ripjaws V Series @ 3200MHz (I wish I would have bought another 64GB back then before the prices went through the roof...)
    • EVGA GTX970 4GB SSC
    • RocketRAID 2720 RAID controller
    • Corsair HX 1050 PSU
    • 2x Samsung 850 Pro - RAID0 (Boot)
    • 2x WD Black RE2 500GB - RAID1 (Random test VMs)
    • 8x WD Red 3TB - RAID6 (Media storage)
    • 2 extra USB 3.0 cards
    • Fractal Design Define XL case

    Notable monitors, peripherals, etc
    • Asus ROG PG279 - Main display
    • 2 other monitors and 1 TV that aren't anything special
    • 2x 8TB and 1x 5TB external drives for backup
    • DIY fan caddies for the drives so they stay cool and don't die in 6 months
    • Unicomp Classic buckling spring keyboard - Typing
    • OLKB x Massdrop Plank 40% Keyboard w/ Kailh Speed Copper switches - Gaming (reprogram a new layout for every game with AVR EasyKeymap)
    • Roccat Nyth programmable and modular mouse
    • 3Dconnexion Wireless 3D SpaceMouse
     
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    Man, what kind of media are you storing that you felt you needed to double drive failure proof your home rig?
     
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    When using larger than 2TB drives you probably want to roll double parity to ensure no data loss. Nothing worse than losing a RAID array during a rebuild because of an unrecoverable read error.

    I personally roll two Freenas systems at home and I use RAID6 across three of my storage pools.
     
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    Nothing too unusual. Music, movies, anime, and a ton of game installers from GOG and Humble Bundle/Humble Store. I'm a digital hoarder too. There's probably not much reason to keep almost 3TB of installers I could probably re-download whenever I needed to but I like knowing I have it forever and don't have worry about losing anything if a random company goes under.

    For music, movies, anime and other stuff, it would be practically impossible rebuild my collection. Almost none of it came on any physical media and it would be impossible to remember it all to even attempt to find it all again.

    I keep another set of 3 external hard drives as an offsite backup that I update every few months.

    Definitely. For large numbers of drives, and especially large numbers of large drives, the chances of encountering another error on an array rebuild go up.

    More drives = More things to fail
     
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    Mmm, makes more sense now that you've both put it that way.
     
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    Parity is for chumps. Go Raid 0 or go home.
     
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    Been there, done that. Recovering the data got interesting after the motherboard died though.
     
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