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Is water cooling on properly?

Hi, recently I installed a Corsair H100i v2 all-in-one watercooler on my AMD FX 8350 CPU. The cooler came with Corsair's Link software, which monitors temperatures, fan rpm, etc. I have also downloaded a software called CoreTemp to compare the readings to Corsair Link. The CPU temperatures are very very similar, at around 25-30 C under 70%+ load while gaming.

This leads me to believe that everything's fine and dandy. However, installing the waterblock onto the CPU was tricky for me. I tugged on it only SLIGHTLY to make sure everything was secure when I finished installing, and it wouldn't budge, which seemed like a good sign to me. I even carefully pushed it on toward the CPU some more before I booted up (because I tend to be paranoid about most things).

The reason why I'm posting this is because, at a particular angle, I can peek under the water block and see a bit of the CPU socket. I'm so used to seeing a huge AMD stock cooler smothering over my CPU. I only noticed this about a week and a half after installation.

Coming up on 2 weeks of long and continuous hours of gaming with my water cooler like this, with good CPU temperatures under load, am I fine? Is it normal or acceptable at all to be able to see the CPU socket under the waterblock?

Thanks for any tips in advance!

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water block on correct?

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I would have to say that you might see your (square) cpu after using a (round) water block on it. If you temps are good and you used the thermal paste properly, then you should be good to go. Are you Overclocking? Water block is not needed if you do not Overclock. Air fans would work fine.

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Not overclocking

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Thanks for the reply, I was just looking for some verification really. I think I was just paranoid. But I'm not overclocking. I've built a few PCs with AMD's FX series CPUs (6300-9590) and even with aftermarket fan cooling they were still really noisy. In addition to that, the Texas heat keeps my room pretty warm. After installing the water block, the noise difference was immediately noticeable. Although, I do intend to overclock once I invest in a gpu around the likes of a 1070 or 1080. But for now, the water block is mostly for silence. Thanks again for replying.

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