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i7-860 Overheating. Little advice?

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I'm currently running with an Intel-860 lynnfield. I bought this system about nine months ago. Recently while doing just about anything that requires any sort of processes. My core temps jump from 31c to 60c. And will continue to sky rocket until I end whatever process it is that i'm doing. I am currently using the stock heatsink which I know I need to upgrade anyways. But I still shouldn't be getting these temps with it. I checked the thermal paste and it seems ok. And I rotated the heat sink to ensure there were no bubbles. At idle my temps are 31c. And at load they jump to 45. It also seems that when playing something such as CS:S. The cores drop when I alt tab. I currently have a floor fan on my case and they stay stable at around 57c. Which I wont risk staying at. I'm also housing it in an Antec 300. My questions are... Should I try new thermal paste and upgrade my heatsink? Or is the Processor faulty. It has run like a dream for the past 9 months. I try and problem solve on my own. But i'm running out of ideas.


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i7-860
4gb ripjaws pc-1333
win 7 64bit
Radeon 5770
antec 300
caviar black 740 hd
mod extreme 750 watt ps.
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I think 60C under load is fine. Is the 860 at stock speed or OCed?
     
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No it's not OCd. 60c under load is fine. But while doing anything it will hit upwards of 70 before shutting it down. I've also noticed some textural things in game and laggyness when the core temps go over 60.
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Then it should not be getting that hot at all. What thermal paste are you using? If you pulled the stock heatsink off, the stock TIM is wasted. Make sure its clipped back on properly with the securing pins rotated back to set the lock.
     
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It's the stock thermal paste. I am aware once your remove the HS it's going to be ruined. The question is was the thermal paste the root of the overall problem to begin with. I've also noticed some small changes in my overall performance. Such as pictures not loading on occasion. Or HTML being where it shouldn't be on certain pages. I tried running the witcher2 and it ran fine for awhile then just got glitchy and strange. I'm assuming this is from the processor overheating. The weird thing is like I said. If I alt tab out of an application or game that requires the monitor. The temps go down quite a bit.
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Originally Posted by Habs;14529605 
It's the stock thermal paste. I am aware once your remove the HS it's going to be ruined. The question is was the thermal paste the root of the overall problem to begin with. I've also noticed some small changes in my overall performance. Such as pictures not loading on occasion. Or HTML being where it shouldn't be on certain pages. I tried running the witcher2 and it ran fine for awhile then just got glitchy and strange. I'm assuming this is from the processor overheating. The weird thing is like I said. If I alt tab out of an application or game that requires the monitor. The temps go down quite a bit.

What's your ambient temp where the PC is? Also, is your CPU fan running full speed when under load or when temps go up to 60C+?
     
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I'd say it sounds like an issue with your HSF. Those stock ones are junk, the TIM is junk, the way it clips down is junk, and gets warn out really easily.

I had a buddy using the stock i7 cooler I had left over from my 870, on the i5-760 I gave him, and he was getting way too high of temps, like 88C when playing BC2 for 10 minutes. I asked him if he had it clipped down all the way, he was sure he had it seated correctly, and that it was clipped down. Then he decided to go buy a cheapy CM cooler at microcenter, and when he took the intel HSF off he noticed the TIM hadn't even spread fully in a few spots, indicating he did not have it seated correctly.

I'm not saying that is your issue, but it wouldn't surprise me if you replaced the stock HS, with nearly any aftermarket one, you'd have much better temps.

If i were you, I'd go get some extra TIM if you don't have any, AS5 from radioshack is fine in a pinch, or order some. Then take off your Intel HS, see if the TIM has even spread, just remove that junk with some high iso alcohol, and put some new TIM on.


[edit]

Also in the OP you said you "I checked the thermal paste and it seems ok. And I rotated the heat sink to ensure there were no bubbles. " I'm not sure how you could have checked the thermal paste without removing the HSF, and at that point, that thermal pad junk is toast, time to apply some new TIM.
Edited by anubis1127 - 8/10/11 at 1:06pm
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Well I had a friend who worked as a tech and he said that if you rotate your HS in a timely fashion than you can in fact save your thermal. And eliminate any bubbles forming. It actually worked the first time. Not this time. I now have some ac5 and applied a small, thin layer with my I.D. Now the core temps have become more stable. But they still hover around 57c with playing a simple game such as CS:s. But they still seem to be just as stable playing something such as bc2. The idle is now 37 31 28 33. Which is up a bit from what it was. I'm going to assume the thermal had something to do with the abnormal temps. It seems to be more stable now. If I have anymore problems with this cpu I'm going to re-post. Not quite sure.
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