So I built my computer, and now I'm worried that my thermal paste application was bad. I had to move around the heatsink, and I used the "drop in the middle" technique (where the cooler itself spreads the paste). When I picked it up to move it, A corner was not covered by the paste. Now, under CPUID Hardware Monitor, I have the following temps idle with 100% CPU fan speed:
All I have open is Speedfan, Hardware Monitor, and Chrome. 100% CPU fan speed. Hyper 212 Evo, i5-2500k, ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard. Should I reapply thermal paste?
One last thing to note. Because of RAM, the fan for the heatsink is intaking from the GPU's exhaust (so the GPU is blowing into the intake of the CPU cooler). However, my GPU isn't under load! (It's at 31 C).
It looks like its pretty high, I would clean that puppy off and reapply. Even if you live in a desert thats a hot CPU, even if it was on a stock cooler. The 212 should be keeping that at around 28 on idle.
No, that's not normal. Even with a VERY warm room temp (83F) and a YouTube video playing in the background, my 2500K (with a 212 Evo, as well, although in push/pull) has a package temp of 35C right now.
Even though I doubt it's causing THIS problem, it's still best to install a 212 Evo the other way (parallel to the RAM slots). Just move the fan to the other side of the heatsink, if you have to. You can also just raise the fan up slightly to fit over the RAM, as well.