Well, with stock cooler and arctic 5 re-applied I'm getting max 67 C with any test for over 15 min, so I think I set everything up right (in regards to paste and cooler).
Anyways, after reading quite a bit on the internet I've come to some pretty safe conclusions with regard to temps on the i5 2500k at least.
up to 70c core temps - You don't have to worry you're not going to hurt anything
over 70c - may be safe for short term, but you don't want a continuous long term situation at these temps - (low to mid 70's ok for short term)
over 80 - start worrying if it's running long like this (maybe)
For everyday Sandy Bridge overclocks I recommend:
Keep CPU voltage at 1.4v or lower.
Keep Prime95 peak core temps at 75ºC or lower.
Basically for a long-term core temp, take the TjMax temp and subtract 20ºC. With Sandy Bridge, TjMax is 98ºC, so the max long-term Prime95 peak core temp is 78ºC. You can keep a CPU at that temp for years without damaging it.
Just select best answer
should be a "button" that says "best answer" in other peoples posts
do this for all your threads
whatever answer helped you the most
and again just relax and enjoy your computer
it is fine LOL
THanks King! Yeah, 67 c doesn't seem THAT bad a FULL load with Prime95. I'm gonna keep testing it though for a while to help break-in the grease, but I don't think I'd run Prime overnight or anything, probably just 20 minutes or so at a time.
I'm not gonna worry about an AM cooler right now cause the computer is nice and fast. I can't believe how fast videos play now compared to waiting up to 4 or 5 seconds for them to open on my Xp machine. Seriously, they open in about 1/2 a second now and my web browser opens in about 1 or 2 seconds. I can't imagine how fast an SSD drive would be!