Cpu running hot. is thermal paste needed on the heat sink? Tags: Prebuilt Heat Thermal Compound CPUs Systems Last response: November 2, 2010 11:55 AM in Systems Share odyssa November 2, 2010 11:38:17 AM my CPU's run from 38 degrees to 42.... do heat sink needs some thermal paste? More about : cpu running hot thermal paste needed heat sink MockingbirdUK November 2, 2010 11:55:25 AM 42 degrees is absolutely fine for any modern CPU, and is not a cause for concern. There should be SOME thermal paste between CPU and heat sink, but if your max temp is 42 then your cooling is absolutely fine. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumCleaning CPU heat sink prior to thermal pasting ForumApply thermal paste to heat-sink fan? ForumCPU is idling hot w/ new heat sink ForumHeat Sink Thermal Grease...to add or not? ForumCPU is getting hot after applying Thermal Paste ForumPicking out a heat sink/thermal compound ForumNeed help with fans for pc and cpu fans to replace stock heat sink fan ForumCPU heat issue - thermal paste or better heat sink ? ForumCPU Fan, Heat sink and paste ? ForumCPU with heat sink attached ForumCPU Stuck to Heat Sink - How can I remove? ForumCPU 90C but heat sink is cool all fans running ForumA question regarding processor heat sink paste ForumFirst time upgrading - Need help with heat sink and paste ForumHP Pavillion DV2500 Nightmares over heating, GPU and CPU running hot ForumPCI compatibility question ForumWhich should I upgrade first? CPU/RAM/MOBO or GPU? Forum2nd build Help needed Forum[Solved] First home built and running int trouble. Forum[Solved] New XFX 6850 Running Loud? More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !