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Just built my first comp with a 2500k, idle temp seems really high

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Hey guys. My first post I was lurking a lot during the SB countdown, though.


My question is this: Just got my 2500k installed into an ASUS p67 pro, and went into the bios, and cpu temp kept climbing and climbing until it got to 46c and stayed there. I'm using the crappy intel stock heatsink, with only the thermal paste stuff that was on it in the box. With all that considered, is this temperature normal for sitting there in the bios on normal settings, or did I not attach the heatsink firmly enough, or is it too close to call?

Any suggestions on a good heatsink/thermal paste to get to replace it? I'm not that interested in overclocking -- more interested in just having a reliable and quiet-running comp for now.


Thanks,

Alex
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It's normal.
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Find a Noctua cooler if you need something quiet but retains excellent cooling. The fans are the ugly brown and tan colour but that doesn't matter if you don't have a case window.
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thanks guys!

Going to try getting some arctic silver and putting that on the stock heatsink. Then I'll decide about getting a better heatsink. It seems like most of the benchmarks use the beefier heatsink that intel sent out to reviewers, so that's probably why I'm reading that 29c is normal for idle temps.

Good to know that I shouldn't be worried about 46c idle, thanks.


Alex
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Well with speedstep on at an idle it should be less than that.I just built an i3 rig and stock settings were about 25 degrees tops with the intel cooler.

Did you install the cooler with the motherboard out of the case?It's difficult to install it properly with it in the case,unless you have done it many times.
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Hey guys. My first post I was lurking a lot during the SB countdown, though.


My question is this: Just got my 2500k installed into an ASUS p67 pro, and went into the bios, and cpu temp kept climbing and climbing until it got to 46c and stayed there. I'm using the crappy intel stock heatsink, with only the thermal paste stuff that was on it in the box. With all that considered, is this temperature normal for sitting there in the bios on normal settings, or did I not attach the heatsink firmly enough, or is it too close to call?

Any suggestions on a good heatsink/thermal paste to get to replace it? I'm not that interested in overclocking -- more interested in just having a reliable and quiet-running comp for now.


Thanks,

Alex
I don't remember too clearly but since the stock heatsink is a PWM unit which can be controlled via the mobo the fan won't start spinning up faster until it's in windows.

OR

It could be that you didn't press those godawful push pins in hard enough. I had a similar issue with my i7-950 where it was idling at 40* average. Someone suggested pushing the pin in harder and voila! One was a tad bit out, I pressed it in and temps sank 7 degrees.

If you want a nice cooler find somewhere where you can get a Noctua NH-D14 cooler for cheap. I found mine on Amazon for 80.77 free shipping. I lucked out. But it's an amazing cooler for the money.
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I don't remember too clearly but since the stock heatsink is a PWM unit which can be controlled via the mobo the fan won't start spinning up faster until it's in windows.

OR

It could be that you didn't press those godawful push pins in hard enough. I had a similar issue with my i7-950 where it was idling at 40* average. Someone suggested pushing the pin in harder and voila! One was a tad bit out, I pressed it in and temps sank 7 degrees.

If you want a nice cooler find somewhere where you can get a Noctua NH-D14 cooler for cheap. I found mine on Amazon for 80.77 free shipping. I lucked out. But it's an amazing cooler for the money.
Yeah I think this might be the case. My BIOS says my CPU idles around 50C but then HW Monitor and Core Temp show it idles around 30C and gets to about 65C with 100% load. All with the stock cooler. Seems odd. Might try reseating the cooler and using AS 5
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Wow, 46C is my load temp in furmark on my GTX 480.... stupid water cooling making me forget standards... At 22 idle and 30-32 while playing WoW, I don't think I could ever go air. When I was testing my stock cooler pre-build, it was idling around 40. Air temperature in your room also could be a major factor. The room I have my comp in is generally ice cold (approximately 64-68F) compared to the rest of my house. My dorm room thermostat is set to a temp of around 70F (actual temp is probably around 76-80F, I don't trust what the thermostat says near the window) and bumps my idle temps to around 28C
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post #9 of 11
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cool, thanks for all the responses, guys. significantly less worried about having to rma my cpu or something crappy like that down the line...

Hopefully the temps get a lot better in windows!

Gotta go out and get a sata power adapter (4 pin molex to sata power) for the new dvd drive I got before I can install windows. Didn't realize the rest of the world had dropped molex power... using an old but really nice silverstone 600w power supply. Hopefully I can pick up some arctic silver while I'm out.


Alex
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I have the same setup as you do and I used to idle at 28c with stock cooler now after I uped the bios I sit om 35c dont know with but just throwing it out there
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