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Old December 17, 2009, 02:51 PM
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Indeed. Internally mounted rads will generally perform much worse than rads that can take in fresh air. I had a rad attached directly to the back of my case before, and the temps were..meh. I started using a spacer to block the hot exhaust from the rad, so the fans actually take in fresh air instead, and it dropped the temps by ...at least 5-8 degrees.

One advice would be to increase exhaust capability of your computer, making it a negative pressure case. It would help with the temps.
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FRom the picture, it seems you have MCR220 or similar. From my personal experience MCR220 can't handle i7 over 3.8ghz. Also, your placement inside of the case is not the best, you need to get rid of the air pretty fast or your chipset and memory will overheat.

The easiest fix is good fans and external mount.
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Perhaps your case's ambient temp is getting pretty warm? That seems likely to me, everything else looks good.
i agree that is one cramped case with no real good source of cool air for the rad.
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