Grape Saxon said:
Just wandering, but I bought a AMD A8-6500 3.5 Quad Core and it idles at 49-51 degrees Celsius. When I play a game, it goes t about 65-68 degrees Celsius. Are those safe temps? I know AMD has hotter running CPU's than Intel, but just want to make sure its ok. I have also tried different thermal paste and aftermarket heatsink with little to no change in temp. Thanks for any help and advice!
Actually, AMD CPUs typically run cooler than Intel CPUs.
Although, I would advise you to get a good cooler as 65-68C exceeds AMDs recommended max temps. You want to keep your APU under 62C at all times.
I can recommend a good budget friendly cooler, for about $20 you can get a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus and for about $5-10 more you could get the Hyper 212 EVO which is slightly better. In your case, since the APU you have is not one you can overclock, the 212 plus would be sufficient.
EDIT: If your aftermarket cooler is a decent one, you might try re-applying your thermal paste and see if a better, more even spread of the thermal paste clears up your issues. When you apply new thermal paste, you'll want to ensure you remove every bit from the APU and cooler before you re-install the cooler.