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Is this an unsafe CPU temp?

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hey everyone,

i'm not overclocking my PC but my brother told me this would be a good forum to visit.

Right now im using my first PC that I ever built, and the processor is an AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE.

The PC works well, but the thing is it gets really hot. Right now I have this one window open, no programs running in the background, and the PC is going at about 48C. When I play a computer game it can often get as high as the low 60's.

The fan for this processor is obnoxiously loud to the point where most of the time I use my PC i have to wear noise cancelling headphones so i wish i could find a way to keep my temps low so the fans wouldnt have to kick in as much and I could enjoy using my PC for once.

Stuff I've done...

- Checked the bios... there are very limited fan controls there, but i do have cool n quiet mode enabled. it doesn't really do anything.

- My motherboard is an asrock m3a770de and it comes with a piece of software called the ASRock Overclock Tuner which basically has a bunch of easy to use controls to adjust fan speed, voltage, etc stuff like that. It allows you to set a target temp and fan speed, the default temp is like 50C and the fan speed is at level 5 (out of 10). If it gets any higher the fans go nuts and I can barely stand to be in the same room as the PC but I have used this tool to change the temp.

- I applied some extra thermal grease because not much came with the processor

anyway sorry for the long post, but are my temps dangerous (high 40's doing nothing, low 60s when doing something intensive like a PC game)? What can I do to improve this?
post #2 of 7
This processor really shouldn't pass 55-60c
You best bet is an after market heatsink
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It worries me that you say you applied "extra" thermal grease, as too much will suffocate your CPU and drive your temps up. 48C idle is *a bit* high for my taste, but should be fine. 60 while gaming is too much, though.

I'd try to re-seat your cooler and reapply your paste, using a very MINIMAL amount. One of the many internet guides will be able to help you there. smile.gif
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Wipe is clean with a good cloth like micro fiber, then just a grain of rice sized amount in the middle of the CPU let the pressure do the rest.
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It worries me that you say you applied "extra" thermal grease, as too much will suffocate your CPU and drive your temps up. 48C idle is *a bit* high for my taste, but should be fine. 60 while gaming is too much, though.

I'd try to re-seat your cooler and reapply your paste, using a very MINIMAL amount. One of the many internet guides will be able to help you there. smile.gif

yea im kind of a computer idiot, so i just went on youtube, applied a little extra grease, and probably ended up messing up this PC!

before i order another heatsink, can anyone suggest me a good tutorial on applying thermal paste? i ask this because a lot of them differ, some say to not spread the paste around, others say to use a credit card to do that, etc. so its confusing.
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[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffK7L0Qj13Q[/ame]

This video should be helpful to you.
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I'm having a similar problem, using the Corsair A50 as a cooler and the spread of the paste looks horrible... huge gaps between the pipes.
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