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January 1, 2014 2:33:18 PM

My CPU reaches around 96,97c.
I have an i5 2400 @3.10 GHz.
I've only noticed this in 2 out of 3 games i play, DotA 2 (where my FPS also drops randomly and the CPU cools down to 70 c for a minute or two, then it goes back up again along with the FPS)
, and Far Cry 3.
I'm also playing The Witcher 2 but the temps there are just fine, 50-70c, which i'm perfectly satisfied.
Could it be a bad cooler, maybe i should replace the stock one?
I'm also running a GTX 650 Ti Boost 2 gb gddr5, if it helps with a solution.
What could be the issue? I'm really confused. Please help.
Thank you in advance. :) 

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January 1, 2014 2:36:48 PM

It's definitely your cooler. The stock coolers are a piece of junk and your temps are a little on the high end causing your CPU to throttle. My suggestion is to good with a decent aftermarket cooler. I would recommend the Hyper evo if your case can support it. If it cannot, then just go with anything else that will fit.
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January 1, 2014 2:37:47 PM

Jesus christ, I would stop using that CPU immediately to prevent catastrophic damage to both it, and your rig as a whole. 97C is far and beyond the danger zone for even the hardiest of chips and is enough to completely destroy your rig. Even 50-70 is a tad high for an operating temperature. From 40-60C is the butter zone for load, with temps approaching 70C considered on the higher end.I'd highly suggesting picking up a stronger cooler and see if that will lower your temperatures/smooth out the throttling.
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January 1, 2014 2:42:05 PM

without an overclock, the intel stock cooler should do the job.
It might get noisy under load. Most likely your problem is a mismounted cpu cooler.
Are all 4 pins through the motherboard and locked?
Does the cooler wiggle?

The stock Intel cooler can be tricky to install.
A poor installation will result in higher cpu temperatures.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with the motherboard.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the direction of the arrow,(counter clockwise) as far as they can go.
If you want, play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.
Place the cooler so that all 4 pins are oriented over the holes in the motherboard.

Push down on the entire cooler so that all 4 pins are through the motherboard.
When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

The trick to getting it on is to push down on a DIAGONAL pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.
If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard must be out of the case to do the job.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.

Do not worry about damage, the cpu will slow down or turn itself off to prevent damage.
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January 1, 2014 2:48:54 PM

geofelt said:
without an overclock, the intel stock cooler should do the job.
It might get noisy under load. Most likely your problem is a mismounted cpu cooler.
Are all 4 pins through the motherboard and locked?
Does the cooler wiggle?

The stock Intel cooler can be tricky to install.
A poor installation will result in higher cpu temperatures.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with the motherboard.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the direction of the arrow,(counter clockwise) as far as they can go.
If you want, play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.
Place the cooler so that all 4 pins are oriented over the holes in the motherboard.

Push down on the entire cooler so that all 4 pins are through the motherboard.
When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

The trick to getting it on is to push down on a DIAGONAL pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.
If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard must be out of the case to do the job.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.

Do not worry about damage, the cpu will slow down or turn itself off to prevent damage.


Yes, i've indeed noticed that the cooler is kind of loose, but i've opened up the case on several occassions and pushed the 4 pins as much as possible without smashing through my mobo. I guess i'll need to tear it apart completely and apply some thermal paste, i havent' done that in a long time, i'll do it tomorrow with a friend because i'm scared of messing with my hardware, not enough experience.

Thank you all for your replies, i hope i can fix my problem tomorrow.
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