Solved How to make my rig colder?

October 17, 2014 at 12:31:25
Specs: Windows 7 64, 16GB DDR3
Hi, could you help me make my computer as cold as possible, as it's overclocking friendly, and I plan to keep it for a while. Budget isn't that limited, maybe 150-200$ Newegg/NCIX (Canada) direct links welcome.

My current case: My current heat sink:

Hopefully I didn't invested in a bad case? Are the Rosewill fans that came with the case good enough, or should I replace them? (I want to have the maximum number, namely 10)

Other specs: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Intel i7 4930 G.Skill 16GB DDR3 2x Gigabyte GTX 980 4GB 750W Rosewill PSU

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October 17, 2014 at 13:47:06
Did you check the CPU temp in the BIOS like I suggested? I'm finally able to view your screenshots & there's no way your CPU is running at 90C+, the system would automatically shutdown if it got that hot. And if there actually is an overheating problem (not just a buggy monitoring software issue), the most likely cause is the heatsink was installed incorrectly on the CPU. That was mentioned in response #1 in your other thread.

"I want to have the maximum number, namely 10"

That's absolutely ridiculous & tells me you know very little about proper cooling configurations. Have a look at the following article, it's a little old but it still applies. This line pretty much sums it up:

"A single rear exhaust fan produces the best results overall. This flushes the theory of more is better right out the door."

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October 17, 2014 at 14:19:51
I tried looking at the BIOS readings, they are mostly the same than the ones shown by HWmonitor. Apparently the program gets its information (CPUINT) from the motherboard's sensors, which are sending bad information.

Someone else recommended the following, what do you think?

"10 fans is too many -- you'll just end up blowing air everywhere without cooling properly.
If you're going to stick with that case, you should have 5 fans and yes I'd dump the fans that came with the case.
Because of how restrictive the airflow can be over the drive bays, I'd put another intake on the side or the bottom in addition to one in the top.
To summarize:
Front Intake: 2x NF-P12/F12
Rear Exhaust: 1x NF-P12/F12
Top Intake: 1x NF-A14 in the forward position only (block rear position if possible)
Side Intake: 1x NF-P12/F12 OR Bottom Intake: 1x NF-A14
Be sure to consider pricing here. You may be better off buying a FT-02, FT-05, RV02, RV03, or RV05 because they come with very good fans and have near perfect airflow out of the box.
Edit: And yes, NH-D15 for the CPU cooler.

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October 17, 2014 at 17:41:22
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Air should flow in low in the front of the case, move over all components while picking up heat. This will make the air naturally rise as it warms. This is why you use exhaust fans high up at the rear and top of the case.
With the bottom mounted power supply, use:
1 Rear fan - exhaust.
1 Top fan (rear) - exhaust.
1 Front fan (low) - Intake.
NO side fans.
Flip over the power supply so that it also removes air from the case instead of using the bottom intake vent.
More fans will not help.
Resetting the heat sink on the CPU will make the best improvement. Please look at this:
Also look at the supplementary instructions for exposed heat pipes (you 'butter' the surface and then scrape it clean with the edge of an old credit card angled at 45degrees to the pipes to leave enough in the grooves, then you apply the same as a smooth surface heat sink) if your heat sink has them.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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