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Hi guys.

I recently built a PC (well, almost four months now). The thing is, after the first month of running smoothly, I started OC'ing it bit by bit. And when running benchmarks and stability tests, I occasionally hit 70°C and very rarely 80°C. I got my CPU (FX-8150) up to 4.13 stable. After this, I didn't really push any more, and didn't run benchmarks/stability tests, etc.

However, about a week ago, my CPU started giving me crazy high spikes in temperature. I'd be doing nothing, and then out of the blue, my fans would start screaming, and I'd get warnings saying my temps were at 70°C. About three days ago, my PC started freezing/crashing and BSODing. So I opened it up, and took off the heatsink. Well the thermal paste had all but dried up and vanished.

I wanted to know if this is actually possible? I mean, in this time frame? Isn't it usually supposed to last quite a while? It's only been four months since I started using it. Is this normal? And could there be any other reason for the spikes and BSODs?

I bought a TG-2 Thermaltake thermal paste stick yesterday anyway, so I'll clean out the stock paste and apply that.
Edited by firefiber - 11/7/12 at 9:33pm
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post #2 of 9
well how well had it been seated, if there was some kind of small gap, then air could have gotten in.
what kind of cooler do you have, friend has a 8150 and i got his up to 4.5 below 65c full load, on an h80
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well how well had it been seated, if there was some kind of small gap, then air could have gotten in.
what kind of cooler do you have, friend has a 8150 and i got his up to 4.5 below 65c full load, on an h80

Air cooling won't hold as well of a result, afaik those chips get pretty hot if there's bad contact on an air cooler.
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post #4 of 9
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I'm using stock (that came with the CPU). That's why I didn't push it any higher than 4.13 'cause it gets too hot after that. I did take out and re-seat it, to make sure it wasn't loose or anything, but I still got BSOD's.
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post #5 of 9
are you running lowest stable voltage on cpu. usually not recommended to reseat without reapplying paste, but it shouldnt be too much of a problem.
yeah i actually used that stock cooler (friend gave it to me, he had h80)
its not horrible, that fan gets loud though
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are you running lowest stable voltage on cpu. usually not recommended to reseat without reapplying paste, but it shouldnt be too much of a problem.
yeah i actually used that stock cooler (friend gave it to me, he had h80)
its not horrible, that fan gets loud though

I didn't mess with the voltages at all (save for the DRAM). I didn't need to, to get it up to 4.13GHz. So you guys think it's 'cause of the thermal paste then? I should reapply a fresh coating? I still don't get how it could have all dried up so fast.
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I didn't mess with the voltages at all (save for the DRAM). I didn't need to, to get it up to 4.13GHz. So you guys think it's 'cause of the thermal paste then? I should reapply a fresh coating? I still don't get how it could have all dried up so fast.

well if there is literally none left then by all means yes you need more. when you apply it make sure it is a thin layer that covers the surface and then when you put the heatsink back on, make sure it is NICE AND SNUG! if it's loose its possible you could lose your thermal.
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1) Don't oc on a stock cool.
2) Keep cores temp under 62c.
3) Have fun.biggrin.gif
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hello,
please dont oc your ram, as that can cause bsod's with or without voltage boosts and you can get to 4ghz on all eight for 1.29v in bios, that should help the temps a bit, and the above post is right, please get a good cpu cooler as the stock is pants and overheats on stock setting.

i got mine to 4ghz with 20x and 1.29v which cpu-z tells me is 1.284v, thats a lot less than the cpu voltage at stock speed.
    
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