Sunday, July 2, 2017

Replacing the CPU Cooling

I put my main desktop on standby each night and then revive it each morning. Yesterday morning, I got a high heat alert about 5 minutes after reviving. I rebooted and the bios also gave me a high heat failure of the cpu and wouldn't let me continue to boot.

I have/had a Corsair liquid chip cooler that I installed when I built the computer at least 10 years ago, now out of warranty, so I searched Amazon for a standard cooler; fins with a fan, and found several with one day delivery. I ordered an Arctic Cooling cooler primarily due to the fact that it has a copper base plate and copper cooling tubes up into the fins for better heat transfer. Link: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0048F64DU/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_uWqwzb9XWBFYY

Fairly easy installation. I had some Arctic chip preparation solution in my toolbox from a number of installations I've done over the years. (ArctiClean 60ml Kit (includes 30ml ArctiClean 1 and 30ml ArctiClean 2) ArctiC... https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0007TOR08/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_V2qwzb5G1E4KE) You need to clean off all the previous goop from the top of the chip before you put a new cooler on. Since this cooler is from Arctic, it came pre-coated with their best thermo-transfer grease. Another plus of this cooler. (ARCTIC MX-4 Thermal Compound Paste, Carbon Based High Performance, Heatsink P... https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0045JCFLY/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_v1qwzb2XK5B52)

I have a temperature sensor app in my startup group, so I watched as the computer came up and warmed up. Initial temps were about 110 degrees F. Now that it's settled in, the temps are around 95. To get a good seal, it's best to run the computer for several hours and then turn the system off and let it sit for several hours and repeat, so I'll be shutting it completely off overnight for several days until the temps stabilize.
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