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Hey hey this is my little rig.. went from a old core 2 duo laptop that always overheated, to this at the beginning of the year been living the dream ever since. Used for solidworks modelling and some photoshop is (great at rendering!) for work along with a decent amount of gaming and casual use. only thing thats bothered me is the temps started off as ~30C idle and 45C max now they are usually ~44C idle 70C max and i haven't been able to figure out why. 1 graphics card is actually a leadtek 4gb and it runs a bit hot too. otherwise a great build! will add pics soon.

Part List
Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle44.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.01Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle42.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load80.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP15528
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RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 16 months ago

When did you build this?

Solid build, sucks Australia is so expensive

noobkanon [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 16 months ago

finished the build in late jan last year :).. haha yeah it didnt cost me that much cause of specials and stuff i think all told it was only like $3.5k

wheelerj 2 points 16 months ago

This is the first time I have seen the motherboard tuned to the side. In the pictures the bottom video cards are facing the back of the case. Do you have the back case fan pulling air in to cool the video cards?

noobkanon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

yeah its a silvestone raven case.. i tried alot of fan configurations and found that having all the fans pushing except the top and on the right side of the case with the side mount hdd bays pulling provided the best cooling. the airflow out the top is pretty good so it doesnt seem to get to disturbed..

gdlgiii [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Looking at picture, maybe heat from back of monitors mixing in with case. Looks like the tower is behind the monitor and hot air has nowhere to go?

noobkanon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

the case has airflow going from bottom to top and the photo doesnt show it but it sits out from under the shelf so it shudnt be an issue with hot air going in but ill try moving the close monitor away and see if it helps, thanks!

fnapoli [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

Do you dust off your internals and clean the system regularly? That might be the cause of your higher temps

noobkanon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

yeah and all the the vents in have dust catchers on them which i clean each week

DeusAres 1 point 16 months ago

Try remounting the heatsink. Make sure you apply the thermal paste correctly; not too little, not too much. Look around online to find the correct method for your particular CPU, HSF, and TIM.

Tip: Do NOT spread the thermal paste. Let the heatsink spread it out for you. Spreading it with your fingers or a business card creates air bubbles, which trap heat.

noobkanon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

REALLY!??!?! I always read to spread it! definatley going to remount the heatsink now! what is ur opinion on lapping?

DeusAres 1 point 16 months ago

No, never spread it. Here's a vid that gives a better look on how TIM works...


Lapping? I personally wouldn't bother with it, but if you want to, that's up to you. Good luck! :)

theonelonewolf [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

What are your thoughts on the monitors? is the 24" a piece worth the $?

noobkanon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

as far as i can tell they are pretty good.. much better than my friends benq. the colours are acurate compared with my dads pro grade not perfect but no glaring problems.. and havent had any issues with ghosting or slow repsonse so id give them a 9/10 cost for what u get.. 27" would be nice but im not rich

yobrobob [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

"but im not rich" (Has 3 Grand + PC)

noobkanon [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

haha the 27" are like 800ea