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CPU temperature concern

Hi all,

I have recently built my first computer, and I am slightly concerned with my cpu temperature. I have an i7-950 with the stock fan. I am not overclocking it at all. I noticed I was getting temperatures up around 60 C sometimes in the low 70's while playing some of my games (namely mass effect 2) and my processor barely would be running more than 25%. I remembered slightly messing up attaching the fan when I originally attached it so, I decided to by some thermal paste and retry. I am pretty sure I did it right this time.

I started it back up shortly after, and I am currently idling at 37 C, which is about the same as it used to be. I also ran a 5 minute stress test using Intel Extreme Tuning Utility since it came with my mobo, and the temperature capped out at 81 C. I also just tryed booting up ME2 and I hit 71 C.

So what can I do to help cool this thing, cause I believe it has not gotten any better. Should I retry with the thermal paste, do I need an aftermarket cooler, or what? I know the i7 is supposed to run hot, but this seems like a little too hot to me, or am i wrong?

Thanks for the help! And let me know if you have any other questions.
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  1. Hello brtd90;

    You're in good shape there. 37C @ idle and 81C @ very high load is reasonable with the stock cooler.
  2. brtd90 said:
    I also just tryed booting up ME2 and I hit 71 C.
    That's about as high as you want to see it go during extended gaming sessions on a regular basis.
  3. WR2 said:
    That's about as high as you want to see it go during extended gaming sessions on a regular basis.


    Thanks WR2! I thought that was a bit high for just the start of the game. But if thats alright, I'm not gonna worry about it too much. Although I may get an aftermarker cooler at somepoint.

    Thanks again.
  4. Ok. So I just tried playing mass effect again and I am hitting 78 C within about 2 minutes of game time. If 71 is as high as I want to hit, 78 C cant be good.
  5. What were the approx room temps when you played your game?
  6. I figured out what was wrong. Apparently I didnt have the one corner of the fan all the way in. So the connection wasn't quite right. But it's running great now. I haven't gone over 50 C. Thanks for the help WR2.
  7. Best answer
    Good job tracking that down.
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