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hmm, do you think the heat sink is mounted properly? i;d say pull it off, clean all the paste off with rubbing alcohol and then start from scratch the the line in the middle technique and make sure teh contact between the cpu and heat sink is good. Its probably not th eproblem since those hear sinks just clip in, but worth the try nonetheless.
    
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Originally Posted by CuriouslyHigh View Post
I think I'm a n00bish ocer.

Or maybe my HSF is badly seated. I don't think it should be in the 70's at complete stock.

I'll set my vcore to what yours is and mess with that then.

Before I do this I'll set my system to complete stock and compare benchmarks with you. =D
Don't feel bad, I was hitting about the same temps using my E6300 until I slapped on an Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro and a line of Arctic Silver 5. Now I'm running at 35-36c idle and 40-45c gaming, 60c under full stress load.

Your HSF may very well be seated improperly. A technique I learned is to push the knobs in kitty-corner (opposite corners). First the top right, then bottom left then top left then bottom right. If I don't seat it in that order, my system won't even POST. In fact, I thought I had a dead motherboard the first time and it turned out it just needed to be seated a certain way.

You may not even need a 3rd-party so long as you wipe off the old thermal paste, maybe lap it (if you want to bother with all that), and then apply some 5 dollar Arctic Silver 5. Dropped my temps originally (using the stock HSF) from 60 idle down to 50 idle, and when I added the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro it went down to the 30's, which is where you want it to be.

You pretty much don't want the processor to hit 60c even under load, but using a good 3rd-party HSF makes a huge difference.

You could also ditch one of the multipliers and then drop your vcore. That will dramatically improve temps at the cost of a few MHz.
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