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CPU heat problem SERIOUS!!!! HELP PLEASE

Hi, I am posting this from my laptop as I dont want to use my PC at the moment. my pc has been kind of hot lately and running loud (cpu was running up to 60 degrees). Wanna get a can of compressed air and clean everything out but can't get one yet. This is where I start being a complete idiot. I opened up the PC and decided to take off the cpu fan. I wiped a bit of the thermal compound and now there are gaps all over, the middle's not really covered. I opened the latch of the cpu and checked out if anyhting was wrong in there but it seemed all good and I put it back, I don't think that part was my issue. So I put the fan back on and start up my PC. I can see that the CPU fan is definetely running. As soon as I turned on my computer I opened the CPU temp program and it showed temps above 100 degrees, and at this point it had only been running for about a minute. I instantly turned off the computer. I am asking, is it the thermal paste issues that could be causing these ridiculous temperatures, or is there and error somewhere else? REALLY looking for help, want to buy a new CPU cooler (comes with thermal paste) but don't know how soon I can get it. Thanks heaps and I really hope to find a good answer. I am in no way fishing for upvotes but I ask that you could please upvote this post so that I can get as many responses as possible. Please give me an answer! thankyou
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  1. You need to put new thermal paste on, do NOT use the computer until then.
  2. Firstly I would not use the can of compressed air. The reason being is that they are not really worth the money and they also sometimes release moisture which is obviously no good. Try get to a compressor but make sure that you DO NOT let the fans spin while you are blowing air. You can end up breaking the fans.

    You should also get some thermal paste. If you are not overclocking then you do not need an aftermarket cooler. The problem could be the case that you are using is not well ventilated or the airflow setup is poor. You should look to have a fan in the front of the case bringing air IN and then a fan at the rear exhausting air OUT. Another fan on the side of the case blowing IN is also a good idea.
  3. ewok93 said:
    You need to put new thermal paste on, do NOT use the computer until then.


    Thanks for the reply, you're confident that this is definetley the problem? Thankyou so much for your answer
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    Hi
    If you can't smear the compound evenly it is probably to old. Clean carefully and put on some new compound.
    Yes if there is too little compound the temp is raising very quickly. There must not be anything wrong but if the PSU is delivering too much voltage to the CPU this could happen, but unlikely here.
    Regards Peter (Sweden. Sorry for my english)
  5. Africa_PC said:
    Firstly I would not use the can of compressed air. The reason being is that they are not really worth the money and they also sometimes release moisture which is obviously no good. Try get to a compressor but make sure that you DO NOT let the fans spin while you are blowing air. You can end up breaking the fans.

    You should also get some thermal paste. If you are not overclocking then you do not need an aftermarket cooler. The problem could be the case that you are using is not well ventilated or the airflow setup is poor. You should look to have a fan in the front of the case bringing air IN and then a fan at the rear exhausting air OUT. Another fan on the side of the case blowing IN is also a good idea.


    Hey, thanks for the answer. I am not overclocking and I am just getting the cooler because I am really worried and I want to be very cautious, and the cooler comes with a paste. I think the case fans are an issue, but I don't think this is the thing causing it to get above 100 degrees instantly. Thanks
  6. peppe987 said:
    Hi
    If you can't smear the compound evenly it is probably to old. Clean carefully and put on some new compound.
    Yes if there is too little compound the temp is raising very quickly. There must not be anything wrong but if the PSU is delivering too much voltage to the CPU this could happen, but unlikely here.
    Regards Peter (Sweden. Sorry for my english)


    Thanks Peter, from these answers it is looking like the paste is definetley the issue
  7. If there are gaps in it that means there are sections with no paste at all, meaning the paste just acts as a way to put even more space between the processor and cooler. You basically have no cooler at all at the moment.
  8. If there are gaps in it that means there are sections with no paste at all, meaning the paste just acts as a way to put even more space between the processor and cooler. You basically have no cooler at all at the moment.
  9. remove the fan and heatsink from the CPU , using Compressed air clean any dust and dirt from the fins let it sit there and dry from any potential moisture . run to staples and buy some CPU grease clean the top of the CPU and the copper plate of the heatsink to remove any old Grease once clean take the new grease and apply to the cpu evenly so it gets a nice thin layer then replace the heatsink and see if that helps .

    you may need to invest in a bigger heatsink if the problem continues
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