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AMD Phenom II X4 945 overheating

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April 8, 2012 11:18:07 AM

My PC ran into some trouble recently, as I have detailed in this thread : http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/348021-33-problem-rec...

I falsely believed it to be due to my new graphics card, because the problems started barely a month after installing it.

But I ran some tests and found out that it was my CPU causing problems. My AMD Phenom II was idling at ~60 deg C, and after running any intensive programs, the temperature was crossing 70 deg C and the PC was restarting.

It's been two years since I got this rig, so I guess my heatsink must have degraded. I want to know what kind of cooling solution to purchase for this situation.

EDIT : I would also like to know how badly I've damaged my CPU, seeing as it's been idling at 60 deg C from 2 weeks.
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