This is my first quad core build(specs below). I was having issues with vista installed very very slowly. I installed prime95(32-bit) and after 15 minutes or so i get hardware errors and random cores stop testing, the last time i tested i had speedfan running, and it reports that my cpu is getting up to 89Celsius. (nothing is overclocked). Is this too hot, and why does the test keep failing?
Intel i7 920 2.66
intel ssd drive 80gb
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
6gb of ram 1600 (3x channel)
1 (XFX ati 4890)
Somehow in the bios the smart fan technology got turned off so when the temp would rise the fan would not spin any faster, after i turned that on the temp dropped. I also cleaned all the factory thermal paste off the processor and heatsink and now its been running a prime 95 torture test for almost 12 hours with no problems (all cores running at 100%) 72Celsius.
Also does quality/brand of thermal paste really make that much difference? Im thinking about buying the coolermaster v8, any comments?