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.
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.