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June 8, 2014 3:24:08 AM

Hi guys,

My current CPU right now is Intel core i7 3770k and I know that Ivy bridge generation is pretty hot compare to others. I have upgraded my VGA to GTX770 just last week and since then my rig temp increase to nearly unsafe temp (95 degree celsius as I remember) under load (obviously gaming like battlefield 4, watch dogs and other heavy games) and my idle temp is 45 degree celsius. I'm using stock CPU fan with its own thermal paste for almost a year now and I think it could be the paste that is out of order.

So here's my question: are these temps safe enough for gaming? If it is not, is my plan to slap on a Cooler Master Hyper 212X and 3 more 120mm with 1200rpm will be sufficient for my rig?

Some extra info just to be safe: My case is Cooler Master Elite 431 plus, I only have one 120mm fan in front and I live in tropical climate (Vietnam) so yeah that is another reason for the hot temp. My room temp can go up to 38 degree in summer! Luckily I have AC so it's not matter much,isn't it? No OC all are stock speed and I am not planning to OC anything.

Thank you for answering my question and sorry if I am being too detailed or make any grammar mistake!

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June 8, 2014 3:29:17 AM

slowmo212 said:
Hi guys,

My current CPU right now is Intel core i7 3770k and I know that Ivy bridge generation is pretty hot compare to others. I have upgraded my VGA to GTX770 just last week and since then my rig temp increase to nearly unsafe temp (95 degree celsius as I remember) under load (obviously gaming like battlefield 4, watch dogs and other heavy games) and the pic below is my idle temp. I'm using stock CPU fan with its own thermal paste for almost a year now and I think it could be the paste that is out of order.

So here's my question: are these temps safe enough for gaming? If it is not, is my plan to slap on a Cooler Master Hyper 212X and 3 more 120mm with 1200rpm will be sufficient for my rig?

Some extra info just to be safe: My case is Cooler Master Elite 431 plus, I only have one 120mm fan in front and I live in tropical climate (Vietnam) so yeah that is another reason for the hot temp. My room temp can go up to 38 degree in summer! Luckily I have AC so it's not matter much,isn't it? No OC all are stock speed and I am not planning to OC anything.

Thank you for answering my question and sorry if I am being too detailed or make any grammar mistake!


/////If it is not, is my plan to slap on a Cooler Master Hyper 212X and 3 more 120mm with 1200rpm will be sufficient for my rig?

Yes it will be sufficient and a good choice, as lowering your temperatures will add to the longevity of the CPU, even though you are not overclocking or intending to do so, keeping it cooler is a good move!

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June 8, 2014 3:36:02 AM

Thank you very much Ryan! It is my first time building my own rig so I really need some advices.
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June 8, 2014 3:42:37 AM

Getting yourself an aftermarket cooling solution is a good move on your part, it will keep the cpu cooler than the stock cooler will and the cooler you can keep it, the longer it will last.

Especially since you live in a tropical area, any additional lower gaming load temperatures you achieve will be good.
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