I'm coming close to the 6 month mark of this gaming build, and still enjoying the heck out of it. If you would have told me that after doing this project I would have no desire to even power on the Xbox 360 or PS3, I wouldn't have believed it, but it's true. I think this build is a true next-gen gaming console, and I have been thrilled with the results.
The only hitch lately I've discovered: I was playing the Grim Dawn alpha, and noticed my CPU fan was kicking into overdrive (game must be highly CPU bound?). So I installed Real Temp GT 3.70 to monitor my CPU temps, and my idle temps are now running in the 50s Celsius
. This seems high for idle, right? I'm not overclocking and using stock cooling.
Now I'm thinking about replacing the stock cooling with the aftermarket cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
I was originally considering. But before I make that leap, for now I'm going to pull the stock cooler off the CPU, clean off the contacts points of the CPU cap and the heat sink with ArtiClean, and try Arctic Silver 5
with the stock cooler. I would like to drop those idle temps into the 40s, and preferably in the 30s - but I don't know if the stock cooling can do that.
If that doesn't work, I guess I go with 212 EVO, unless anyone has any suggestions?
btw, my GPU temps are comfortably in the mid 30s.