Hi. I've just build my first PC but I have a small problem, at least I hope it's small. Basically my CPU heatsink (the stock Intel one) is only spinning a tiny bit every second or so. Here's a video of it, http://youtu.be/KvxxJmTLngk. I've installed Windows 7 onto my SSD and downloaded all drivers from the internet without the heatsink properly performing.
Obviously I don't want my CPU to burn up and die. So, I've left the chassis side panel off with all chassis fans spinning. I've also got a pretty powerful desk fan blowing cool air onto the CPU to keep the temperatures as low as possible.
I'm constantly monitoring the temperature of the CPU with the ASUS AI Suite II program and it's at a steady 30-35°C while I'm just browsing the web. It does creep up to around 40°C if I start multi-tasking or doing something that requires a bit more performance like downloading or installing stuff.
On Intel's website it says that the TCase for my CPU is 67.4°C which I read on the internet is the maximum temperature the CPU can stand until it starts doing damage to itself. If TCase doesn't mean that please let me know! So, basically I'm trying to keep it's temperature below 67.4°C.
Does anyone know what could be causing the CPU heatsink to act like this? Also, is my PC safe to use if I keep the CPU's temperature at a steady 30-35°C until I either get the fan spinning correctly or buy a better heatsink?
Here's my PC specs so you can hopefully get a better view of my PC and maybe know what could be wrong.
It looks like the heatsink tries to start in one point of the video. I'm going to go with the assumption that the heatsink is a defective one. You could try contacting your dealer, or just buy an aftermarket one.