After a recent involuntary shut down I powered up and ran the speed-fan program. my system temp was over 120 deg Celsius. My rig is just over 2 years old and consists of :
Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
EVGA 122-CK-NF67-T1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
EVGA 512-P3-N802-AR GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card times 2
I'm in the process of ordering an upgraded cpu cooler. I've been running stock since I built the computer. Should I/ can I upgrade the other case video and motherboard fans?
If you haven't already solved your problem, could you post an actual screen shot of CPUID's Hw Mon that you mentioned in your 1st post? It is unclear just exactlly what you are calling ""system temp".
I thought I had a problem once when Everest continually reported one of my temps at like 125degC. It also showed up in HW Mon. Come to find out that depending on your mobo, cpu, and various chipsets, not all sensors are reporting and some may not be fully compatible with your monitoring program. When that happens, the programs will report some rediculously high temp just to get your attention. If your really concerned or just want confirmation for piece of mind, email your board mfr with the "exact" monitoring programs (name and ver nr), and the exact sensor name along with your mobo part nr and rev number. I did this with Asus and confirmed just that.
The temps that I would really be concerned with, is your cpu temps if those are in fact idle temps, you didn't confirm that. That is why the questions concerning the heat sink and paste.
I disagree with mach 9's method of applying thermal paste. I would draw your attention to these 2 links from the overclocking forums as starting points. The first is a really, really in-depth trial on these forums of the IC7 diamond Thermal paste. The folks got down and dirty with the best methods of application. I personally find the rice grain/pea size drop in the middle of a "clean" cpu works every time. I've only been at this a short time but these folks have been at for years and some are professionals. The second link covers direct contact heat pipe type coolers.
IC 7 Thread
Applying thermal Paste to the Hyper 212+
Now about that voltage being reported for your +12v rail. You really need to get that checked out. Either do it yourself with a cheap digital voltmeter or take the psu to a shop. I understand some of them will check it for you for free or next to nothing. that voltage is way to low (I think). I just fired up a game on my Xfired ATI 4890's and played Crysis full eye candy for an hour and my +12v supply stayed steady at 11.93v.
Lastly, back to the cpu cooler. If your not overclocking you really shouldn't need to get a big fancy cooler. If you are in a hot room then just spend 30 on the Hyper 212. the stock should do fine as long as there is no problem with those push pin retainers.
Edit Why won't this damn thing post????