Hi, before I start I would just like to say im by no means experienced with playing about with pc components and have just started to look into it.
Ive had my rig for about 2 1/2, 3 years.
i7 950 @ 3.07ghz
Asus gigabyte X58a - UD3R
ATI Radeon HD 5550
6gb ram ( unsure on models , will find out if needed)
2tb samsung hdd
It has been a fairly loud machine since ive had it but in the last 4 /5 months ive noticed a slight increase in the fan noises.
I took a reading on several programs of my CPU tempartatures and they all gave me a 75/80 degree reading on all four cores on idle just on desktop. I know from other forums and threads that this is far too high. After a bit of googling I have decided to open it up and have a look. I've taken the heatsink off ( which is the intel stock cooler btw), and found that the thermal paste looks very dry and almost crumbled.