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Old June 11, 2012, 06:33 AM
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So I finally got most of my machine where I want it to be cooling wise, but I am not blown away at the temps I am getting. Maybe I was expecting too much?
First off, here is what is installed
i5 2500k 4.0 ghz voltages at auto
Asus Maximus IV Extreme
2 x 6970 with full blocks no over clock
mcp655 vario with EK res
xspc rasa cpu block
Phobya 200mm and 400mm rad
all plumbed with 3/8" primochill
3 x Stock coolermaster fans (pull)in a ATCS 840

I am currently sitting at 35-38 degrees idle for the cpu and 32 and 31 for the gpus. The cpu seems a bit high considering my room is air conditioned and quite a bit cooler right now (22 C ) Under load the cpu hovers in 65-68 C and the gpus hover around 53-55 C.

With my current setup, am I going to gain anything by adding another 655 or 355 to increase flow?
I am looking at replacing the stock coolermaster fans with either 6 Coolermaster Megaflow red led 230mm fans or 3 Silverston AP181 180 mm fans to try to improve airflow.
Also looking to grab a Raystorm cpu block due to the reviews I've been reading on it...seems to be best bang for the buck with low restriction.
Kinda happy( are we ever on here? ) with the system, but my RX360 and 240 I was running seemed to have better temps. I figured the larger surface area of the rads would have netted me better numbers. Maybe I am expecting too much...
I'll post a picture of the system shortly to see if anyone can see or point out anything that may be out of place
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Old June 11, 2012, 07:03 AM
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Old June 11, 2012, 07:15 AM
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Ummmmm.... do you have any clamps on those hoses at all? I've never been a big fan of clampless tubing builds, even if the barbs are slightly oversized for the ID of the tubing.
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Old June 11, 2012, 07:47 AM
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never bothered with the clamps this time. The tubing is on there super tight.
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Old June 11, 2012, 09:55 AM
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Thats still really dangerous man
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Old June 11, 2012, 10:18 AM
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First off, clampless FTW!

Adding another pump won't do anything for performance. All it will do is give you redundancy if the pump fails.

Are your top fans intakes? If they aren't, try doing so.

Moving to a Raystorm isn't going to do much. You might shave 1-2C off. Maybe. The Rasa is still a great performing block.

What I would try to do is just lower your CPU voltage. Most boards on AUTO give way more voltage than is generally required.
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Old June 11, 2012, 12:24 PM
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clampless - balls of steel bro. nice.
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Old June 11, 2012, 01:52 PM
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Wow... Running clampless like a boss. Looks like a nice build, other than a bit of lint in your rads.

A single 655 will definitely be flowing enough for this setup. The phobyas have a larger area, but are a lot thinner than the RXs. It's really hard to beat the RX rads IMO plus you are probably running about as much as you can on those two rads.

What thermal paste did you use? First thing I'd try is reseating the cpu block with some good paste and then upgrading the fans. If you are thinking about a different cpu block, consider the EK supreme HF. I've had the best results with that block.
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clampless - balls of steel bro. nice.
Not really if you use good 3/8" tubing on good non-stubby 3/8" fittings. It is almost impossible to pull the tubing off without excessive force.
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Old June 11, 2012, 02:56 PM
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What are you using for coolant?
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