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November 4, 2010 11:27:29 PM

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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November 4, 2010 11:39:22 PM

With a ASUS board you can use live update for the BIOS upgrade.
Have you checked if the heat sink retainers are coming loose?
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November 4, 2010 11:43:29 PM

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!
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November 5, 2010 12:41:43 AM

rolli59 said:
You reapplied thermal paste?
They call it ASUS update know http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguag...


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.
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November 5, 2010 12:50:20 AM

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=N82E168...
A cheap one with good user feedback http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 5, 2010 2:00:40 AM

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=N82E168...
A cheap one with good user feedback http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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.
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November 5, 2010 10:12:27 PM

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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November 5, 2010 10:13:04 PM

Best answer selected by Zenzija.
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