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Phenom II X4 955 hitting almost 70 degrees

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September 20, 2011 4:12:24 PM

Hi Guys,

My specs are as follows: Phenom II X4 955 BE, Never Overclocked, Stock Heatsink
Asus M4A785-M Mobo, 8GB DDR2 Ram PC2-6400, Sapphire Radeon 6870 1GB, XION PowerReal 850W PSU, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

This is not a brand new build, though I did build the comp. myself about 6 months ago. I recently upgraded the graphics card from 4850 to 6870 (a few days ago) and also added 4gb RAM yesterday. Everything runs cool except my CPU.

My CPU temps idle at about 45-46C and it concerned me so I just ran the blended stress test for prime95 and after about 30secons to 1 minute, the temps rose to 68, 69 C, so I quickly stopped the test cause I got scared.

I have a Rosewill Challenger Mid ATX case with a front fan, top fan and rear fan, all set properly for intake and exhaust. I just did cable management and cleaned dust from the inside of the comp. the other day. The temps in my apartment are about 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

What should I do to reduce my temperatures? I have some Arctic Silver 5 which I could apply, but should I just get another cooler instead? Or do I have a different, more serious problem?

I don't know much about CPU temps so please be kind- I tried to provide all the information necessary & I need expert advice.

Thank you very much! :) 

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September 20, 2011 4:14:49 PM

Hi and welcome to Tom's forum.

Those temps are "normal" for the stock cooler that you have, if you can goo with a cooler like Hyper 212+ you will see much better temps.
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September 20, 2011 4:19:45 PM

saint19 said:
Hi and welcome to Tom's forum.

Those temps are "normal" for the stock cooler that you have, if you can goo with a cooler like Hyper 212+ you will see much better temps.


Great to know! Thank you for such a quick response.. I appreciate your help
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a c 161 à CPUs
September 20, 2011 4:22:11 PM

Your welcome, but I recommend you check the max temp that you get in normal use and games and try to won't go above 55ºC
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September 20, 2011 4:31:12 PM

Best answer selected by Aeternam.
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September 20, 2011 4:56:39 PM

Do you think the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 or 13 are equally as good? I know the Hyper 212+ is very highly rated, but I don't really want to have to remove my motherboard to install a back plate. I'd really rather have a quick and easy installation for this, if possible..
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a c 161 à CPUs
September 20, 2011 4:59:20 PM

For a good cooler is better remove the mobo and install the back plate, those that install in the same way than stock cooler aren't the best.
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September 20, 2011 5:00:12 PM

Kinda disagree with Saint.A bit too high for idle.
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September 20, 2011 5:06:36 PM

Yeah, that's what I've heard..I guess I'll just get the Hyper 212+ and deal with the installation.
Ghnader, do you have any opinion as to why you think it's too high?
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September 20, 2011 5:12:16 PM

aeternam said:
Yeah, that's what I've heard..I guess I'll just get the Hyper 212+ and deal with the installation.
Ghnader, do you have any opinion as to why you think it's too high?

Some does cleaning has to be in order..
You havent cleaned your pc for sometime mate..Take a can of air and clean all the dust out of your pc.most enthusiast would say you need to clean out your pc every once a month.
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September 20, 2011 5:40:24 PM

In my experience the temps. are too high even for an OE HSF unless the ambient is at least 85 F. Use "Core Temp" for accurate readings as Speedfan and others can provide incorrect temps.

Cleaning the HSF may be all that is required. If a better HSF is desired the Hyper 212+ is an excellent value/performance upgrade.

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#AMDHEATSINK
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September 20, 2011 10:05:41 PM

i have a very similar build , same case,cpu and video card but with a hyper 212+
i oc'd my 955 to 3.9ghz and it idles around 32c and it never goes above 46 in prime95.
so definitely get a 212+ its really worth the $30. maybe even add another 120mm intake fan on the side of the challenger, it helps.
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September 20, 2011 10:09:10 PM

Thanks guys, all very helpful advice. And Jordan, I will keep that in mind as well :) 
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