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About TheFriendlyHacker

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  • Location
    The Ether
  • Interests
    Programming, computer stuff, naval stuff
  • Biography
    3 years of IT experience as a level 2 and 3 technician. Studying computer science + cyber security. Loves programming. Easily amused by shiny objects.
  • Occupation
    (former) Level 3 IT Technician. College Student (currently)


  • CPU
    Ryzen 5 2600x
  • Motherboard
    MSI B450
  • RAM
    16GB DDR4 2933mhz
  • GPU
    GTX 1070
  • Case
    Fractal R3 Define
  • Storage
    500GB Samsung 960 EVO + 2TB 7200RPM HDD
  • PSU
  • Display(s)
    3x 1080p monitors. One of them is even okay for gaming!
  • Cooling
    Corsair H100i Pro
  • Keyboard
    RedDragon K552
  • Mouse
    Logitech G300s
  • Sound
    Bose SoundLink Mini II & some $25 LogiTech gaming headset
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
  • Laptop
    2012 MacBook Pro with SSD, additional HDD and 16GB of RAM

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  1. Good to know! I tried pushing my luck with this CPU by manually OC'ing it to 4.3ghz, 4.35ghz and 4.4ghz. It survived both of the benchmarks I ran at 4.3 just fine, max temp was 74C. But it did not survive anything higher than that lol. Interestingly, the max CPU power draw when being pinned at 100% during the benchmarks at 4.3ghz was a whopping 149.70W. Yikes!
  2. I've been playing around with "overclocking" my Ryzen 2600x. It's being cooled by a Corsair H100i AIO (240mm water cooler), which does a good job. Now, the 2600x is rated to clock up to 4.2ghz using AMD's own "turbo" (or whatever they call it). But I've noticed that mine rarely hits 4.2ghz on its own for more than a few seconds at a time (it usually stays at 4.0-4.05ghz). So I adjusted my CPU Multiplier to 42 (aka, 4.2ghz) and left the voltage alone (~1.44v). Thus, now my CPU is constantly running at 4.2ghz. Under some benchmark loads, the MAX temp reached was 72C. So, not tee bad imo. But what I'm wondering: are there any other negative side effects that come with having the CPU constantly clocked that high? Anything at all? Or is it completely fine to keep it pinned at 4.2ghz as long as I can cool it properly?
  3. Ah, so my theory does not hold water! Out of curiosity, is there any benefit with having your non-gaming monitors running off of a secondary GPU?
  4. Fair enough. Assuming I have YouTube / something else on the other monitors that uses a small amount of GPU power tho...
  5. My rig is currently running three 1080p monitors (because why not, amirite?). My GPU is a GTX 1070. However, I have an old 750TI lying around as well. Which got me thinking.... I only use one monitor for gaming. And having other monitors plugged into the GPU will surely decrease my FPS by at least a little bit (what, maybe 5-10 FPS?). So if I were to shove the 750ti into my rig and plug my two non-gaming monitors into it (and thus have the 1070 dedicated to my gaming monitor only)...wouldn't that result in slightly higher FPS while gaming? Heh. Sounds good on paper, but will it work? I'm sure it's not necessary, but I have the spare card and a PSU that can handle both, so might as well do something with it.
  6. I did double-check the cooler awhile back and even re-applied the thermal paste, so no dice there. Thank you all for the replies! I'm thinking I'll just let it run hot. Even if it does reduce the CPU's lifespan, I'll likely have upgraded by the time it kicks the bucket.
  7. When I'm talking about the "Boost"/"turbo", I'm basically referring to the CPU's factory settings. Aka, base clock of 3.6ghz, can turbo up to 4.2ghz. And it happily does turbo up to that, even with this sh***y case! But in exchange, it runs 83-88C average lol. It runs games surprisingly well with turbo disabled (aka, 3.6 is its max speed)...but FPS are still noticeably lower. I've even encountered occasional bottlenecks with Minecraft when it's running at 3.6 lol (the "chosen" core that's running Minecraft will be at like 95%, but the 1070 will be chilling at like 55-75% usage....GPU usage is only that high because I use shaders lol). I might give better case fans a try. I'm guessing 12 Euros is what, $15 USD? Not too bad. But if all else fails, how much damage will I be causing by running at 83-88C for 10-14 hours per week?
  8. @Mark Kaine Here's a pic of mine. I've got an MSI Bazooka V2 (Micro-ATX). There's a second exhaust fan directly above the CPU cooler that you can only barely see, and I removed the 3rd case fan for cable management (after much testing, I kid you not, the 3rd fan did not make an appreciable difference. Sounds crazy, but it really didn't). Mind you, the 95C temps are only spikes (aka, the "Max" column in CPUID). The average temps are 83-88C. There's also a pic of the front of my case. As you can see, it ain't great for air flow lol
  9. I agree. And my case can fit 1 more fan. But it doesn't seem to make a huge difference how they're arranged. I've gone 2 intake + 1 exhaust, 2 exhaust + 1 intake, I've even tried putting a fan in over the PSU cage as an intake. But none of those combinations seem to make a difference. The front panel of the case is just kinda well...poorly designed for air flow. That stood out to me when I saw the case on Amazon, but I fell for the "surely all of these positive reviews aren't wrong" trap lol. So I'm quite confident that my case is a lost cause in terms of keeping a non-neutered 2600x under control while gaming (unless I keep the side panel off...which I really don't want to). My main question is "How bad is it for the CPU to run that hot for ~10-14 hours of gaming per week?"
  10. I have 3 case fans total. 2 exhaust, 1 intake. I'm actually not quite sure what their speeds are, but I know they've worked well in other cases from personal experience. I've tried all sorts of combos with these fans, but it didn't make a difference (at least not a significant one). The case is just bad with airflow (look at a pic of the front panel and you'll understand. I was duped by positive reviews lol). The CPU fan is the stock cooler that comes with the 2600x. Which obviously isn't the best cooler, but should be able to do better than this. And on top of that, removing the side panel from the case brings temps back down to reason (which, I guess, "proves" it's a case airflow issue).
  11. I'll give it a shot! Needless to say, I cheaped out on the PSU too. Got something that "Will work fine", but isn't exactly "good" (it's a SeaSonic S12, rated Bronze 80 lol)
  12. Interesting... I have my PSU's fan facing down (since the case has a big gap underneath for the PSU airflow). And a GTX 1070 "mini" ("mini" as in, dual-fan). Think flipping the PSU over might make a difference?
  13. TL;DR: My case sucks with air flow. My CPU runs between 83-88C average, peaks at 95C while gaming. Otherwise, it's fine. I can clock it down to reduce temps. But if I only game for 10-14 hours per week, are these temps particularly dangerous? My college budget doesn't really allow me to purchase any upgrades. Brief background: I have a Ryzen 5 2600x in a cheap case (AeroCool Cylon) that is absolutely terrible with air flow (regardless of # of fans / placement), thus resulting in quite high CPU temps while gaming. I have confidently confirmed that air flow is the issue via removing the side panel and watching temps drop by ~10-20C. When my CPU's "Turbo" is enabled in BIOS (aka, it's allowed to clock up to 4.2ghz), the average CPU temp while gaming is ~83-88C, with peaks up to 95C. However, if I disable turbo (thus it runs at its base clock of 3.6ghz), temps are perfectly under control. So my question: Just how bad is it for a desktop CPU to run in the mid-high 80's / peak in the mid 90's for hours at a time? I'm not a heavy gamer by any means; most of the time I'm using my desktop for college stuff (aka, not stressing the CPU). I maybe game for an average of 10-14 hours per week (just guessing). Basically, do you think I should continue to accept some performance loss when I do game in exchange for better temps, or do you think it's safe to let the CPU run that hot, given how often I game? I know there are some simple solutions to this issue: 1: Buy a liquid cooler 2: Why'd you buy such a bad case? (yes, judge me as you will) 3: Buy a better case But I'm on a College Budget(tm), and really can't afford upgrades. I'm willing to make do with what I have if I need to. But I just want to know if I'd be a fool to let my CPU run that hot for 10-14 hours per week, or if it won't really be a problem.
  14. Yes, definitely - taking off the side panel drops temps by anywhere between 15 and 30C. So it's definitely an airflow issue.
  15. That was the first thing I checked (and did indeed re-apply the paste). It did seem insane, and sadly didn't fix it. Definitely an air flow issue, because when I take the side panel off while running a game, the temps quickly drop by like 25-30C