im having a problem with over heating on my new fx cpu..
first off i cleaned the stock fan off with some isp. alcohol and applied some thermal grease but i used almost a gram on it later to find out i used WAY to much cause it was hitting 56c on BF3 i did research and found out the problem (now note i am using the stock fan witch came with it) so i ordered some arctic silver ceramic paste so i cleaned the CPU off again and the fan with alcohol and applied just a little more than a grain of rice size and spread it around evenly with a credit card on the CPU now im getting 36c idle and really im too nervous to play a game with that kind of idle any ideas??
Play a game, and then check the temps. The CPU should throttle before hurting itself, and a little overheating a couple times for troubleshooting won't hurt it. Just check temps constantly! Also, I do the size of a pea, not rice.
EDIT: Also, make sure the HSF is on correctly. All sides tightened.
Mainboard : ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. M5A99X EVO
Chipset : ATI RD9x0
Processor : AMD FX 8150 @ 3913MHz
Physical Memory : 8192MBDDR3-SDRAM
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Hard Disk : Seagate ST325031 0AS SATA Disk Device (250GB)
Hard Disk : Seagate ST350041 8AS SATA Disk Device (500GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : TCN LQJKDMVOT
DVD-Rom Drive : Optiarc DVD RW AD-7221S
Monitor Type : Asus VE249 - 24 inches
Network Card : Realtek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate Professional Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
DirectX : Version 11.00
Windows Performance Index : 5.9 on 7.9
Remember, temps are in C, not F. Those temps are fine. If you want a new cooler, I would suggest the Hyper 212+. Pretty good cooler, and it has room for OCing which you should do to get the moneys worth out of that CPU. As long as you have a decent video card (which you do), an OC on just about any FX CPU will improve game FPS, especially ones like BF3 that eat up CPU a lot.