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Intel Core i7 2600 Overheating

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November 16, 2011 10:56:58 AM

Hello everyone,
I have purchased brand new computer parts for my new editing/gaming rig.
I have installed everything and it works fine, here are the specs:

Intel Core i7 2600 3.4Ghz
Corsair 4x2GB 1333Mhz
Sparkle GeForce GTX570 OC edition
Gigabyte GA-P67A-B3-D3 Motherboard
Silverstone Strider 600w PSU
Scythe Katana 3
Silverstone Precision PS05

From Old Comp:

LG Optical Drive
Hitachi 500GB 7200 RPM HDD

The problem:

My CPU is overheating. While at BIOS it shows 31c, while at idle about 40c, but while 20-40% usage it reaches 90-100c... This frightens me. I cannot and will not try to edit with these temperatures.
What should I do to fix this?

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November 16, 2011 11:42:38 AM

Try reseating the heat sink. It may not be making contact. Also, make sure the fan is working and is plugged in.
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November 16, 2011 1:13:08 PM

(1) As stated, most likely cause is improper HSF mounting. Need to verify that ALL four white nubs are protruding equally on the back side of the MB. (Might want to google "how to install Intel HSF). Remember if you remove the HSF you will need to replace the Paste. Most use artic silver 5.

(2) Bear in mind, that while this may bring your CPU temps down (should be below 65 C based on a room temp 72F, and 50-> 75% CPU utilization, The stock HSF is one of the poorest performing HSF.

(3) Myself, I do NOT even take out of the Box - it is best used to keep the box from blowing away. The most often recommended 3rd party HSF (performance vs cost) is the Hyper 212 - About $30. Remember the cooler the better.
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November 16, 2011 2:01:07 PM

I have a 3rd party cooler: Scythe Katana 3.

Anyway, I took apart the entire thing, applied more thermal paste, and put it back together.
ATM I'm getting 24c Idle, and at 100% Load (Using prime95) the CPU was at 55c max.
Is that good?

Thanks for the replies!
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November 16, 2011 2:10:04 PM

That looks good.
Missed that you already had a 3rd party cooler.
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November 16, 2011 2:14:18 PM

Yeah ;) 

Thanks everyone for the replies! Can finally edit now!
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November 16, 2011 2:14:32 PM

Best answer selected by stavit2.
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