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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hello! new computer builder here. A friend steered me in the direction of AMD processors saying they are a great value.
I bought the AMD FX-4100 Quad core. When I play Diablo 3 I noticed my computer go really hot to the touch which prompted me to buy a core clock monitor.
With no overclocking I peak at around 62C while playing Diablo 3. I am using the stock fan.

Is this normal?
Should I be worried?

My specs are
FX-4100
8gb ram
Geforce 550ti
M5a78L-M LX motherboard
500 watt corsair power supply
post #2 of 10
No, it is not normal.
Yes, you should be worried.

What heatsink do you have? What TIM did you use? How did you apply it? How did you mount it?
post #3 of 10
friend may be a fanboy b/c ...well..

the general concensus is intel's i5 2500k for the best bang for buck.

As for the temp...^what he said, Make sure the TIM is even spread (don't put too much) and there arn't any air bubbles.
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post #4 of 10
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It's the stock heat sink and fan that come with the fx-4100. it comes with a small layer of thermal grease applied.
I am pretty sure I mounted it correctly.
The heatsink came with 2 lever type attachments that lock onto a frame near the cpu. They fit snugly and the base of the heatsink is firmly pressed to the cpu.

I did notice that the heatsink was a tiny loose as in 1-2 cm movement if I bumped it. more like a rotating type loose. I can take pictures if need be.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by caravellex View Post

It's the stock heat sink and fan that come with the fx-4100. it comes with a small layer of thermal grease applied.
I am pretty sure I mounted it correctly.
The heatsink came with 2 lever type attachments that lock onto a frame near the cpu. They fit snugly and the base of the heatsink is firmly pressed to the cpu.
I did notice that the heatsink was a tiny loose as in 1-2 cm movement if I bumped it. more like a rotating type loose. I can take pictures if need be.

Then it's not mounted correctly. It should not budge, at all. Pictures would help.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hey!

I took pics but realized I couldn't upload them as I skimped on a cast and can't plug in my SSD card.

The stock cooling fan doesn't seem to come with any secure way to latch on. It has two metal arms that attach to grippers and seem to fit at the base of the CPU, but I checked again and the fan is harder to move now than before but with a little pressure it does move ever so slightly. The metal arms are also in the socket positions but also loose.

I'll swing by my local computer store and buy a different cooling system. Thanks for your help. I'll just assume I most likely installed the heatsink wrong as I built it using the newegg youtube computer construction guide and didn't actually read the manual.
post #7 of 10

If you get a tower heatsink, buy VRM heatsinks with them.  You're pushing beyond the board's rated spec of 95W max TDP (with a stock cooler) by taking on an aftermarket tower heatsink. Or just buy another downward-blowing heatsink  that cools the motherboard components.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
hello!

The stock heatsink for the 4100 comes with a little circle that rests on the CPU. it doesn't even fully cover the CPu surface.

I found the problem! When I was moving the heatsink slightly it pushed out a lot of the thermal grease, and it ended up with not very much thermal grease on the connection point. When I took the heatsink out I could see the grease had collected near the edges.

I went ahead and bought a Corsair H60 water cooler, and played D3 again with core temp monitor up. Maxxed out at 32C!

A whole 30C drop!

thanks for help everyone.
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by caravellex View Post

hello!

The stock heatsink for the 4100 comes with a little circle that rests on the CPU. it doesn't even fully cover the CPu surface.
I found the problem! When I was moving the heatsink slightly it pushed out a lot of the thermal grease, and it ended up with not very much thermal grease on the connection point. When I took the heatsink out I could see the grease had collected near the edges.

I went ahead and bought a Corsair H60 water cooler, and played D3 again with core temp monitor up. Maxxed out at 32C!
A whole 30C drop!

thanks for help everyone.

Most of the 30C drop was from improper installation of the OE HSF. The OE HSF is more than adequate for OE operations under 100% load. Also be sure you are using Core Temp or some accurate software for temps as HW Monitor and other software can give incorrect temps.

Unfortunately the Corsair/Antec closed loop coolers are not very thermally efficient or cost effective and they can leak water damaging your expensive PC hardware. FYI- A quality HSF will perform better, cost less and not leak.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
The h60 seems pretty good so far. I overclocked to the 4.2-4.3 ghz range and my max temp was 42C when I stressed it playing diablo 3.

Is that the only thing I should be worried about is the temp?
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