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CPU Running very high temps (i7 950)

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)
256 ssd
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.

PLEASE SEE LINKS FOR IMAGES...
https://www.dropbox.com/s/7wnehporx0xnpgi/2013-07-18%2021.35.53.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rtcbfpedvujna2z/2013-07-18%2021.33.01.jpg

could this be a reason for my CPU running at such high temparatures and if not what could be....

also how would i go about resolving the issue...

Thankyou any help is much appreciated
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  1. Best answer
    The reason could be that you have to buy Aftermarket cooler for CPU and Thermalpaste and then you can fix it quickly
  2. Gttrz97 said:
    The reason could be that you have to buy Aftermarket cooler for CPU and Thermalpaste and then you can fix it quickly


    is the stock cooler not good enough then? its not been overclocked so dont see why this should be a problem
  3. Nope, they've never been good enough, had once stock cooler, temps went directly to 100 and shutted off. when i got the aftermarket temps decreased dramatically so that's the only solution.
  4. Hi,

    I doubt it's stock cooler unless it not running properly.

    I have a core i5-2500 overclock @ 4.2 voltage 1.27 and max temps are 65.

    Clean out you box of dust and check if the cooler is installed properly.
    You might want to change the thermal paste because it might be cooked after 3 years and causing problems.
  5. dextermat said:
    Hi,

    I doubt it's stock cooler unless it not running properly.

    I have a core i5-2500 overclock @ 4.2 voltage 1.27 and max temps are 65.

    Clean out you box of dust and check if the cooler is installed properly.
    You might want to change the thermal paste because it might be cooked after 3 years and causing problems.


    I think the same cause 3 years is good enough for a thermalpaste of a stock cooler, and to be honest they won't do the best work at all, they manage only keep under the maximum.
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