I'm running a Phenom II X4 970 @3.5ghz stock speed with the stock fan. I don't overclock, and have built this machine in order to play The Old Republic, which I am happy to say runs it beautifully . However, I was wondering if my temps were a bit hot.
My CPU usually idles anywhere from 31-35 degrees, and when I ran Prime95 for about 10 minutes (I was told it wasn't necessary since I was running everything at stock settings, but I wanted to try it anyway), it maxed at about 50 degrees.
Should I get an aftermarket cooler anyway? When I was building my PC last week, I put on and off the stock cooler/fan several times to make sure it fit correctly, and I might have smeared the paste too thin, and perhaps lost some in the process - could that be the cause of these temps? or is everything normal? Thanks.
Thanks, I'll definitely look into that one. I just wanted to ensure that my CPU wasn't in danger or anything of the sort. I find it rather shameful that Intel and AMD can't even include a decent heatsink/fan that wouldn't require upgrading. Oh well, business is business for every company .