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Bios frequency and temperature

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December 19, 2011 1:30:40 PM

Hi, I just built my first computer and had a few questions about the bios. It is currently displaying the CPU frequency at 3.30 GHz and CPU Temperature at 60 deg C. This seems really high to me. Should I just wait until windows is installed and download another program to check the core temps?

My specs:

MSI P67A - C43B3
i5 2500k, stock heatsink, but with articsilver 5 applied with line method.
Zalman z9 plus, with 5 120 mm fans.
antec truepower new 750 w
evga 560ti 1gb
2x2gb g.skill 1600 ddr3

Thanks for any help!
December 19, 2011 1:47:12 PM

60*C is high for idle temps. check if the heatsink are properly seated.
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December 19, 2011 2:06:09 PM

I would agree with chinoroy. Pull off the CPU cooler, clean, then reapply AS5 and reseat...
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December 19, 2011 2:06:50 PM

The plastic pins are extruding from the back of the motherboard and the hsf is pretty solid, so I would have to say its seated properly. Do you think I should just try to install windows or should I reapply the thermal paste? Oh yea, the ambient temperature is 21 deg C.
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December 19, 2011 2:14:05 PM

Would recommend reapplying the thermal paste before moving on. Either you have a heat problem (thermal paste / heatsync / fan), or a problem with the sensor (hardware problem). Just not right for sitting idle in the BIOS. If it is accurate, when you install Windows the temps will certinaly get a bit dangerous...
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December 20, 2011 1:02:45 AM

I reapplied the thermal paste and now its even worse! Its idling around 70 deg C. Im really frustrated and don't know what to do.
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December 20, 2011 11:22:59 AM

You sure the thermal paste was a nice even layer? Something is not right there... Worst case you can pick up an aftermarket CPU cooler and replace the whole thing. You would be able to get a good overclock on that 2500k also.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If replacing the CPU cooler (or tripple checking the thermal paste) doesn't help, then I would look toward the MB sensor as the problem.
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