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CPU overheating?

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January 30, 2010 3:28:22 AM

Hello there,

I recently added a Gigabyte 9600GT to my system. I was told that my PSU would beable to handle it. But when I popped in the card (before I had a x1950xt and it worked fine), I had random shut offs when I tried to play games like counter-strike source or MW2.

I checked the drivers and such nothing wrong with that, but I checked the cpu temps and it was hovering around 90 degrees IDLE!!!
Wow! before it was 60 degrees on a heavy load (playing games).

so I decided to take out the cpu cooler, and found that the thermal paste was like patches everywhere (not a smooth coat). Could this be why my cpu is overheating?

Also, if so, which thermal paste would you go for:

My rig is:

E6400 2.13ghz Core 2 Duo
2x1gb OCZ DDR2 800MHZ
250gb Segate (7200rpm)
500gb WD (blue, 7200rpm)
Gigabyte 9600GT

also another question, I'm planning to add 2 more sticks of memory(2x1gb), would that work out too?

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January 30, 2010 3:53:40 AM

I prefer Arctic Silver Ceramiq myself, though you can't go wrong with Arctic Silver. Your temps may be up due to airflow, how many fans do you have in your case?
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January 30, 2010 4:25:05 AM

I use Arctic Silver 5 in my builds, and its great. But I second IH8U- sounds like a possible airflow issue.
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January 30, 2010 4:35:33 AM

I have two fans in my computer both 80 mm. Side is also opened up. Computer is in the basement.
Artic silver it is
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January 30, 2010 4:45:16 AM

Have you verified that the CPU fan is still working? thats a quick and easy way for your CPU to hit 90's.
January 30, 2010 4:52:31 AM

Checked the temps with speedfan. The CPU fan is spinning and I can see it spining
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January 30, 2010 1:35:54 PM

Try pointing a house fan at the open side of your case and see if it helps drop your temps.
March 12, 2010 6:44:36 PM

not the paste is the much case cooling do u have?? And something seem s to be wrong,cause the critical temp for most cpu is 75c
March 12, 2010 8:07:00 PM

You sure your processor is hitting 90 celcius, if so it would be toast.

Either way scrape off the crap and use a real thermal compound. The only current ones I've used is artic silver 5 and artic cooling mx-2 and out of the two I prefer mx-2. I believe there is a mx-3 now.

But make sure your fans are dust free and air is flowing in properly. I know my brother's HP would heat up and shut itself down because of too much dust. A little cleaning with some artic silver 5 and it's all happy again.