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I think I am experiencing the cpu overheating problem as stated in this post

http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19516339.aspx


If I want to clean it myself, what things I need? thermal paste? and other materials ?


Please give me a correct name, so I can search for them.

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If I want to replace the cpu cooler,  what type of cooler will be best fit for Aurora R4 (desktop)?

this desktop is mainly for hardcore gaming.

Thank you very much!!

Please help.

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I recently just experienced an over heat issue myself. I cleaned and reapplied the thermal paste sandwiched on the CPU and cooler pump. That did the trick. This is the product I used to first clean the old thermal paste off and then applied new thermal paste: http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Silver-Thermal-Compound-ArctiClean/dp/B001FVI91U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid...

I recommend you watch some youtube videos on how best to apply thermal grease. I did the pea method: apply thermal paste about the size of the pea onto the middle of the CPU cover and installed the pump head on the the mounting brackets. From what I gathered in my research, smearing the CPU with thermal paste with a credit card will result in the stuff oozing off the sides, which is bad. You wanna keep the goo on top of the CPU, not on the sides.

The only other materials I needed to do this job was a philips head screwdriver, I microfiber cloth (bought at Fry's for a buck, and a coffee filter (for cleaning the sides of the CPU)


The new application of the thermal paste brought my temps back down to their normal range (40-50 C on idle and 65-70C on gaming). I did however go one step further and replaced the stock Alienware Cooler with a Corsair H80i pump.  You can read about it on this post: http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19580642.aspx

The Corsair H80i brought my idle temps down to high 20's to low 30's C and the max I've yet to registrar via Realtemp is 51C while heavy gaming!! The Corsair is not with out some installing hiccups, but once I got it working, WOW!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.

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I recently just experienced an over heat issue myself. I cleaned and reapplied the thermal paste sandwiched on the CPU and cooler pump. That did the trick. This is the product I used to first clean the old thermal paste off and then applied new thermal paste: http://www.amazon.com/Arctic-Silver-Thermal-Compound-ArctiClean/dp/B001FVI91U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid...

I recommend you watch some youtube videos on how best to apply thermal grease. I did the pea method: apply thermal paste about the size of the pea onto the middle of the CPU cover and installed the pump head on the the mounting brackets. From what I gathered in my research, smearing the CPU with thermal paste with a credit card will result in the stuff oozing off the sides, which is bad. You wanna keep the goo on top of the CPU, not on the sides.

The only other materials I needed to do this job was a philips head screwdriver, I microfiber cloth (bought at Fry's for a buck, and a coffee filter (for cleaning the sides of the CPU)


The new application of the thermal paste brought my temps back down to their normal range (40-50 C on idle and 65-70C on gaming). I did however go one step further and replaced the stock Alienware Cooler with a Corsair H80i pump.  You can read about it on this post: http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19580642.aspx

The Corsair H80i brought my idle temps down to high 20's to low 30's C and the max I've yet to registrar via Realtemp is 51C while heavy gaming!! The Corsair is not with out some installing hiccups, but once I got it working, WOW!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.

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I just read your post on Corsair H80i

and I watched some youtube video on installing H80i

I saw some of them need to screw extra space from the Alienware case, need extra holes to connect the screws....

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Does H80i fit with Aurora's cooling system without making any changes to the case?

Thank you !!

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The Corsair H80i installs without any modifications to the standard Aurora R4 chassis (I don't have the fancy ALX chassis, but I would image the ALX Chassis would work too).

Nor did I need to install the back mounting bracket to the motherboard. I have an intel core quad chip and I used the back mounting bracket that the old cooling pump to easily screw in the Corsair's mounting screws to the intel brackets. So if you have an intel processor, you can skip step 2 in the H80i instructions.

If you have an AMD processor, that does require a different mounting set up and I would do further research if you have an AMD processor how difficult it would be to mount to an AMD processor.

So if you have the standard Aurora R4 chassis and have an intel chip, like my Aurora, you will be fine, but I have five important pieces of advice to installing the H80i with ease:

1) Get that Arctic Silver kit, a microfiber cloth and a coffee filter to thoroughly clean the old thermal grease off the CPU. You won't need to apply a fresh coat of thermal paste, because the H80i has pre-applied thermal paste on the mount plate, but since you will eventually need to apply a fresh coat in a year or so, it will be good to have some on hand.

2) Install  both of the H80i's fans with the airflow going inside your Aurora. If you examine the fans, you will see imprinted on one of the sides an arrow pointing to where the airflow goes. Make sure the arrows are pointing inside your Aurora.

3) And this was my mistake and the reason for my post: DO NOT install the H80i's 3-pin pump RPM wire into the System Fan connector. Rather DO install it into the connector labeled CPU Fan. If you do connect it into the System Fan connection, you will get that error prompt as described in my post. If you install it into the CPU Fan connector, everything will be fine.

4) Before removing the old pump, read the section in the Aurora's manual on removing and replacing the thermal pump. Also study where to find an available USB connector pin on your motherboard. I found it with the help the Aurora's manual, which I had to download off the dell support site.  On my motherboard, the USB connectors were on the bottom of motherboard.  I would strongly encourage you to make sure your motherboard does have an available  USB connector. If you don't have an available USB on you motherboard, use cannot install the H80i!!! On my motherboard I only had one available USB connector before installing the H80i.

5) I ran into some issues with installing the Corsair Link (the software that controls the H80i). The current release version posted on the H80i's download page did not detect either fans or the pump. When I called Corsair, they recommended me to install the beta release version 2.5.5145 which can be downloaded here: http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=118618 though I installed the current beta-version 2.6.5214 instead, and everything works great.

So I would recommend to install the current release version found here http://www.corsair.com/en-us/hydro-series-h80i-high-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler and if the software doesn't detect both H80i's fans, the pump and have the lighting control app, then download one of the beta versions, uninstall the release version, reboot, then install one of the beta versions.  Also, once you get the software installed and working properly, go and find the update link inside the software, which is on the tab labeled Options then down to devices (at least on my version of the software). When I did, the Corsair updated the driver.

Any further question or assistance, please feel free to ask.

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Oh, one other topic to mention, is that the Corsair Link and the Alienware Thermal Control Panel will both work together, though the Alienware Command Center will detect the H80i in my Aurora (though I'm using an older version of the Command Center) as a CPU fan, not a pump. In the Corsair link, it will detect all of the other fans in the system, but it won't give me manual control of non-Corsair fans (which is fine).  Other Alienware fans can still be manually controlled in the command center if you want (though I don't recommend messing with the default settings of the Alienware fans).

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3) And this was my mistake and the reason for my post: DO NOT install the H80i's 3-pin pump RPM wire into the System Fan connector. Rather DO install it into the connector labeled CPU Fan. If you do connect it into the System Fan connection, you will get that error prompt as described in my post. If you install it into the CPU Fan connector, everything will be fine.

I did, but I still get an error ?

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3) And this was my mistake and the reason for my post: DO NOT install the H80i's 3-pin pump RPM wire into the System Fan connector. Rather DO install it into the connector labeled CPU Fan. If you do connect it into the System Fan connection, you will get that error prompt as described in my post. If you install it into the CPU Fan connector, everything will be fine.

 

 

I did, but I still get an error ?

 

sorry my bad, It did come only the first time I boot the pc after installing the h80i,, after the first time every thing is smooth.

but the cpu temp still 40-50 C ? not 30's C ! 

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3) And this was my mistake and the reason for my post: DO NOT install the H80i's 3-pin pump RPM wire into the System Fan connector. Rather DO install it into the connector labeled CPU Fan. If you do connect it into the System Fan connection, you will get that error prompt as described in my post. If you install it into the CPU Fan connector, everything will be fine.

 

 

I did, but I still get an error ?

 

 

 

sorry my bad, It did come only the first time I boot the pc after installing the h80i,, after the first time every thing is smooth.

 

but the cpu temp still 40-50 C ? not 30's C ! 

 

My CPU temps are pretty low, when the room temperature is around 70 degrees F as in my shot of my desktop which in Ocean Beach, is the year round norm . However, when the weather does get hot, so do my idle temps. If your room temps are warm, lets say high 70's low 80's 40's-50's at idle, that is in the ball bark of norm, but I do agree, if your room temps are relatively low your idle temps are still a little warm.
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1. First of all did you install the Corsair Link Software and do you run it at the start up of your computer? If you don't run the software, your twin fans may not be at the proper rpm.

2. Did you install both fans with the arrows pointing inside your R4 (airflow direction)?

3. Is your graphics driver up to date?

4. Check to see if you are running too many background programs that keep your CPU busy at idle. I found Iolo's System Mechanic a wonderful program to eliminate redundant/bloated software, fix hard drive errors, fix registry errors and in general have a much smoother and efficient pc performance.

5. Is your bios up to date or at least have a relatively updated bios?

6. Does your R4 have enough airflow in the back? I would say a good 6  inches away from any surfaces would give you proper airflow.

7. Did you clean off the old thermal paste on your CPU either using a thermal paste cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol before installing the H80i?

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first I want to thank you darkpool for everything you did for the community, I appreciate this.

and yes I did everything in the list up there, and you are right, it's hot these days here.

the outside temp is around 45 C. I think this is the problem,,,, I will let the A/C work and cool the room for while and I will do the test again. I will let you know as soon I get a the numbers.

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Thinking of getting the H80i to replace stock water cooling, but cannot understand why you would want air to go inside the case from the outside. wouldn't you want it to get the heat from inside to go out?

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