Hey guys I got a core i3 2120 recently and put it in a Biostar Z77 Board. For some reason the idle temp has been around 60C and i was wondering if this is normal? I read some other threads about similar problems and I'm thinking maybe the board is overclocked or something and is messing with the CPU settings? I check the heat sink and it is properly set on the board. I also have good airflow: 1 120mm intake fan and 2 120mm exit fan. I felt the back of the board where the CPU is and it is barely warm so maybe the sensor is messed up? Im not sure what to do because when it is under load it will go up to 100C..
So, do you think that it's ok playing Deus Ex at 60C?
I'm thinking of getting a Cooloer Master Hyper 212 for it just so it won't always be so hot, do you think that would help with the temps?
An aftermarket cooler is almost always better than a stock one, however, yes 60C is fine, I believe. I would be inclined to try to do another application of thermal compound on the stock HSF before I ran out and bought a new cooler. Its possible that you had air bubbles in it when you installed it, or something.
The only real reason to buy an aftermarket cooler other than overclocking (which you cant do with a 2120) would be if you found the stock fan to be too loud. I don't know about i3s, but the stock HSF that came with my Phenom II was pretty loud under load by my standards (and I'm the kinda guy who has a box fan in my room in the dead of winter for the ambient noise)
Ya I was thinking of reapplying the thermal paste but I am planning to get an i5 or i7 K model when the ivy bridge ones come out so I was eventually going to get a better CPU cooler anyways (and the Cooler Master Hyper 212 is only 23 bucks on amazon so w/e). Thanks for the advice guys