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What should my CPU Temperature be? i5-3570k

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June 19, 2012 7:35:19 PM

i just build my first gaming PC and im wondering where i should keep my CPU temps at. my cpu is the i5-3570k and at regular/idle with nothing much happening other than 1 or 2 internet pages, the temp is about 35 C. i havent played any taxing games to know the load temp. Is this an OK temp?

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June 19, 2012 7:37:39 PM

Yes, that's normal. Load temp should be around 60C, give or take a little.
June 19, 2012 7:43:04 PM

wolfram23 said:
Yes, that's normal. Load temp should be around 60C, give or take a little.


i thought it should be lower than that... i have a Hyper 212 Evo installed and its running at level 10 (highest setting). did i install it incorrectly?
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June 19, 2012 7:47:33 PM

Well possibly but I doubt it. I'm water cooling and my idle temps are around 32C.
June 19, 2012 7:57:47 PM

do you think adding fans to the front of the chassis to blow air into the case would help at all? i have the Antec Eleven Hundred
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June 19, 2012 10:35:05 PM

Well... depends more on your ambient temps than air flow. We're talking about idle temps here, the load is very very low.

If you're worried about temps, look at what matters - full load temps. Try running Prime95 or Intel Burn Test to see how good your cooling is.
June 19, 2012 11:01:08 PM

wolfram23 said:
Well... depends more on your ambient temps than air flow. We're talking about idle temps here, the load is very very low.

If you're worried about temps, look at what matters - full load temps. Try running Prime95 or Intel Burn Test to see how good your cooling is.

i did and my temps hovered around 60-62 with Prime95. Is that acceptable?
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June 20, 2012 12:59:07 AM

At all stock settings that seems roughly right, maybe a tad high but that would also depend on your ambient temps
June 20, 2012 1:04:26 AM

wolfram23 said:
At all stock settings that seems roughly right, maybe a tad high but that would also depend on your ambient temps

well, i am in Florida, and the heat and humidity especially during summer are no joke :lol:  . are there any setting i can manipulate to make the temps any lower without having it tamper with the actual heatsink fan? ultimately, i want to be able to safely overclock in the near future to >4.2ghz and i want to get the lowest temp possible without messing with settings first
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June 20, 2012 1:27:30 AM

Only thing you can really do is increase the fan speed. Assuming you have it plugged into the CPU FAN plug on the mobo, you should have an option in the BIOS somewhere to manipulate the fan profile/speeds. Refer to your User Manual if you can't find it.
June 20, 2012 1:51:31 AM

wolfram23 said:
Only thing you can really do is increase the fan speed. Assuming you have it plugged into the CPU FAN plug on the mobo, you should have an option in the BIOS somewhere to manipulate the fan profile/speeds. Refer to your User Manual if you can't find it.

well, everything is always on max speed. im thinking of buying a nice new thermal compound and replacing the one i used that came with the Hyper 212 evo but im not sure if its worth the trouble or risk
June 23, 2012 3:06:56 PM

I have an i5 3570k OC @ 3.7 Ghz and on a full load it was around 53 degrees Celsius. This was using a Hyper 212 evo, stock thermal paste and an Antec 300 case with fans all on maxium. Hope this helps as a baseline.
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