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CPU Overheating & BIOS Update..

So in the last few months I've noticed a significant increase in my CPU Temperature.


Here's a quick peak as to what I'm dealing with.



I've contacted ASUS, they've been nothing but a royal pain in the butt. I've contacted Intel and they've offered to replace my CPU, but only after I update my BIOS.


I've never done a BIOS update. I'm not entirely sure how to go about it. Another reason I've decided to post here on Tom's Hardware.


Here are my Computer Specs:

CPU: Intel Quad Core 2 2.66Ghz LGA775
Mobo: ASUS Rampage Extreme
GFX: NVidia GeForce 9800GTX+
HDD1: Western Digital Caviar Blue 160GB
HDD2: Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB
HDD3: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
HDD4: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
HDD5: Western Digital Blue 640GB
PSU: OCZ GameXStream 600W ATX12V
RAM: G.Skill 2x 2GB 240Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Case: Sunbeam Transformer Black Steel ATX Full Tower

Can you computer Genius's help me fix my rig so I can have it for College?
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  1. With a ASUS board you can use live update for the BIOS upgrade.
    Have you checked if the heat sink retainers are coming loose?
  2. I've already reseated the heat sink, and I'll say this, their design for heat sinks are retarded.

    Live Update with an ASUS board? Do explain how to do this!
  3. You reapplied thermal paste?
    They call it ASUS update know http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us
  4. rolli59 said:
    You reapplied thermal paste?
    They call it ASUS update know http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us


    I don't have any thermal paste right now.

    My friend Drew told me to get new paste, and buy a new heatsink. A few other people who have bought the same processor as I have, replaced the heatsink because it sucks.
  5. Best answer
    You need to reapply thermal paste when you re-seat the heat sink. It acts as a conductor for heat from the CPU to the cooler.
    I agree with getting a aftermarket cooler is better than the std one but without overclocking it is not a need. This is a good one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    A cheap one with good user feedback http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200056
  6. rolli59 said:
    You need to reapply thermal paste when you re-seat the heat sink. It acts as a conductor for heat from the CPU to the cooler.
    I agree with getting a aftermarket cooler is better than the std one but without overclocking it is not a need. This is a good one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    A cheap one with good user feedback http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200056



    Well, I wouldn't mind getting a new heat sink. I just want something that'll keep it cool, my computers ONLY a year old, so yeah.
  7. So rolli59, I did the BIOS update and now my computer runs at less than 100degree's Fahrenheit. That's with Firefox, MSN Live, and EPU Engine up and running.

    I spoke to Intel again, and now that they've seen the changes with the CPU & Heating, they think it's a faulty heatsink after I told them how much of a pain in the butt it was to put on.

    They're sending me a new one, and a box to send back the old one. Though I do hope i get to keep it :P It still works fabulously.


    Thanks again Rolli59!
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