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This build was a birthday present for my daughter. She wanted excellent 1080 level gaming and of course she had to have a white case to match her room. This was my first build and overall everything went very smooth until I tried to overclock the CPU. I could not get the Nepton to cool the CPU sufficiently when testing with the prime95 max heat test for anything above 4.0GHz. I upgraded to Windows 10 as part of the build and as a result the software that comes with most of the components was worse than useless. However after a few downloads from the manufacturer's sites I was able to get all of the essentials (drivers) up and running perfectly. Given the limited choice of cases that come in white, I am happy with our selection of the NZXT 410. This case is large and somewhat awkwardly shaped at the top but everything fit well with good cable management options. I was a little nervous about using the M.2 slot for the SSD versus a standard 2.5" SATA SSD drive but the convenience of mounting the drive directly to the motherboard was well worth the choice. Overall, for a moderately priced gaming system, this build works very well for my daughter.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

This build was a birthday present for my daughter. She wanted excellent 1080 level gaming and of course she had to have a white case to match her room.

What an awesome parent, that you are!

This was my first build and overall everything went very smooth until I tried to overclock the CPU. I could not get the Nepton to cool the CPU sufficiently when testing with the prime95 max heat test for anything above 4.0GHz.

That's not good... I would double check if the cooler is properly installed, to make sure the thermal compound is making full contact but this also takes time for the Arctic Silver 5 to break down too, if it's not the issue. Also check the vCore from the BIOS, since MOBOs have auto defaults that will set the voltage higher then it needs to be. I would try to set the vCore at 1.2 and tweak it from there when you begin to overclock. Best wishes for solving it.

Again, it's a nice, clean build! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for the advice. Since the CPU was functioning correctly (just hot), I figured that I did not need to adjust the voltages up but I never thought to limit the vCore voltage. I will give it a look.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

What sort of games will she be playing? Hope the system was not an overkill to play I dunno - minecraft! +1

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Doesn't really matter considering she's happy with it

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

:-) She does indeed play Minecraft but other than a massive improvement in loading times, I would agree that this build is way overkill. I actually helped her pick the parts based on playing FF-XIV and Sims4. Both with high graphics settings. Still gives her plenty of headroom into the future though.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, that overclock seems rather low. I think Haswell can get to 4.0ghz under an air cooler like the 212 evo. Did you change the voltage at all? Higher overclocks need higher voltages

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

yep something must be wrong... Checking if the pump is running at 100%. The pump should be connected to CPU FAN header so if anything happens the motherboard will detect it. By default the header is on auto setting, which should be disable so it runs at 100%. Another thing is the crappy arctic silver that is a conductive TIM and has a 200 hour setting time. HOnestly the one that comes with the cooler is better!! Probably he applied too much.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the advice. I am running at 4.0Ghz now and the temp is stable. I did not adjust the voltages because the CPU was functioning normally at 4.4Ghz under normal to heavy load. I only saw an issue when running the "Small FFT" test in prime95 (max heat). The core temps would spike to 90C.

I have the pump connected to the CPU fan header and the radiator fans connected to the OPT CPU fan header. From what I could tell, the pump on the Nepton series does not use a PWM control but takes a constant 12v from the header.

I also saw the 200 hour set time in the Arctic Silver application instructions. So I figured give it some time and try overclocking again in a few months. If that does not work and I decide to reset the CPU block later, I will use the Cooler Master material that came with the unit.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the pump connected to the CPU fan header and the radiator fans connected to the OPT CPU fan header.

perfect!!

I also saw the 200 hour set time in the Arctic Silver application instructions. So I figured give it some time and try overclocking again in a few months. If that does not work and I decide to reset the CPU block later, I will use the Cooler Master material that came with the unit.

what I don't like that it is conductive so if you put too much and it spills on mobo it "might" do some damage. ARctic silver is outperform by many, it used to be good some time ago but now its a thing of the past. The best TIM is the gelid extreme but its expensive, (noctua, prolimatech and arctic cooling MX-4 are great options too). I have both noctua and prolimatech and both are great! Still the cooler master that comes with the cooler is better. Remember that if you applied too much that will increase the temps. In another build a guy had applied too much, he reapplied TIM and his temps went down 3-4 c...

From what I could tell, the pump on the Nepton series does not use a PWM control but takes a constant 12v from the header.

but you need to check inside the bios the CPU fan header. By default it comes in auto setting, you need to disable any auto so it runs at full speed. The header should be at full speed or similar depending on your bios.

http://community.coolermaster.com/index.php/topic/12983-how-to-adjust-rpm-for-the-nepton-240ms-pump/

http://community.coolermaster.com/index.php/topic/12826-nepton-240m-pump-rpm/

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the info pegotico. I will verify that the BIOS is set correctly. If I don't see better performance after trying the suggestions I have received here, I will re-set the CPU block using the Cooler Master material.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

ok. :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for being a great dad

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

think i can here her steam id ;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Parenting done right!!!

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

:-) Those are not mutually exclusive choices. Both can be true.

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