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June 18, 2013 9:10:33 AM

I have an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.40GHz processor (not over-clocked), and an Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 cooler. It is pretty hot in the room, around 31 degrees Celsius. I've opened one of the sides of the computer, and the CPU temperature is around 47 - 48 degrees Celsius with only the browser opened. When I play a game, the temperature reaches between 65 and 70 degrees. Usually when it reaches 70, I shut down the game, as I've read that 70 is the limit for this type of processor.

I noticed that in most of the cases, the 3rd core reaches the critical temperature, and I am not certain if that is important or not.
What should I do? Is the CPU in danger if I play games and it reaches 70 degrees?
Should I change the thermal paste, which was applied a year ago?
Before the high external temperatures, the CPU had an idle temperature of 35 degrees or so.

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June 18, 2013 9:15:18 AM

Where you having issues with temps before? Sounds like the cooler isn't mounted properly / the TIM isn't applied properly. 70 is way too hot for a default 965 imo.

Try to reapply the thermal paste and reseat the cooler, and you should have better results.
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June 18, 2013 9:20:43 AM

Yes, I had issues with the temperatures before, this is why I bought the cooler. I did not apply the cooler and the paste, I took it to a computer shop to do it. If I think about it, I had the same temperatures with the stock cooler as well. Maybe someone needs to take a look at it, and see if it is mounted properly
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June 18, 2013 9:21:04 AM

Changing to a premium TIM will probably help but the Freezer Pro 13 was not a particularly good aftermarket cooler, garnering some outright hostile reviews shortly after release.
It might be better to invest a few (insert local currency here) and get something better, the little Hyper 212 series from Coolermaster is popular due to their reasonable cooling, decent acoustics and low price. Be advised, you may need to remove the motherboard to install a new cooler, it will depend on the case.
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June 18, 2013 9:42:26 AM

Yeah this is what I have for my AMD FX-8350. 33C idle and 50C max.

Zalman CNPS9900 MAX Cooler
GELID Solutions GC-Extreme Thermal Compound

You can't go wrong with this. Like mentioned above, you may have to take your motherboard out to apply the heatsink unless the back of your motherboard mount has an opening already (which is normally in newer cases).
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June 18, 2013 12:07:08 PM

I'll see what I'll do. It annoys the hell out of me that the CPU is at 45 when I turn on the PC. It is too hot in the room. I guess I'll stay away from gaming this summer, or until I make some changes. Do you have the same processor? If yes, what temperature does it usually register?
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June 18, 2013 10:17:10 PM

Vdcnsrg said:
I'll see what I'll do. It annoys the hell out of me that the CPU is at 45 when I turn on the PC. It is too hot in the room. I guess I'll stay away from gaming this summer, or until I make some changes. Do you have the same processor? If yes, what temperature does it usually register?


My 965 was 1 - 5 degrees above room temp idle and max 25. On stock clock that is.
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June 18, 2013 10:51:35 PM

And did you buy an after market cooler for it, or did you used only the stock one?
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June 18, 2013 11:06:33 PM

Vdcnsrg said:
And did you buy an after market cooler for it, or did you used only the stock one?


I did use an aftermarket cooler (scythe mugen 3 rev. b), but overclocked to 4ghz i didn't even reach 65 degrees so thats hot. I think you should still try to reseat the cooler and reapply the thermal paste.
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