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Hi all, I've been experiencing alarmingly high temperatures with my i5-2400 while gaming. Room temperature is around 76F and an air conditioner is 6 ft away. I idle around 36C and peak around 90C while gaming. Should I reapply the thermal paste and reseat the cooler? I have some paste that came with my motherboard so that's fortunately available. Sorry if this seems obvious.
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90 is very high for a load temp at stock. It sounds to me like you're right: either there isn't enough thermal paste, or the heatsink is too loose. Or both.
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post #3 of 15
Since you cant really overclock the 2400 you should have better temps, with the stock heatsink ur max should be around 70C with an aftermarket cooler maybe 55C or around,

Sounds to me like the thermal paste isnt well applied, or quality isnt much great. if you have the stock heatsink, those are tricky to keep 'em well attached to the motherboard.
    
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Excellent. Could you point me to a guide or give instructions as to thermal paste application and removal?
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Originally Posted by tehfatkid;14484684 
Excellent. Could you point me to a guide or give instructions as to thermal paste application and removal?
For now, I recommend just seeing if you can make the heatsink more secure. It needs to be as secure and as tight as possible.

If you are able to wobble/wiggle the heatsink at all right now, then it's way too loose. wink.gif
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post #6 of 15
removal isnt that difficult, just wipe it off with 99% alcohol from the heatsink and cpu untill all visual residue is removed, to re apply just put a pea size drop in the center of the cpu and seat the heatsink evenly pressing in the center, the pressure will spread it on the cpu, just make sure is well attached to the motherboard and isnt loose.
    
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post #7 of 15
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My cooler now seems more sturdy, I think one of the pins was not in all the way.
Unrelated problem, I am attempting to remove my graphics card but I can't move the locking mechanism on the end of the PCIe slot. The motherboard's manual just suggests pushing down but it isn't helping. Edit: Got it.
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post #8 of 15
How are the CPU's core temps now?
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post #9 of 15
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Idle temps are now several degrees lower without the room's air conditioner on.
Edited by tehfatkid - 8/6/11 at 10:35am
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post #10 of 15
Ah yes i see around 38-40 C Idle but your Load temps are REALLY HIGH! i dont hit past 65 C in prime and MAX of 71 intel burn test running maximum @ 4.4 GHZ. I like the dot method to apply paste. make sure your fan is at max to. And my Room temp is 85-90 F now.....Summer sux! In winter ill have 70-75 F Room temp. Idle is around 25 C when its night time and cool. Which is rare now.
Edited by pent - 8/6/11 at 1:05pm
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