I just built my first computer (using an Intel i7 3820) and I have a few questions.
First of all, what is the best software for monitoring CPU temperatures? I'm currently using Fan Xpert+ (It came with the ASUS motherboard I Got). I gave SpeedFan a go but I was getting conflicting readings. Is there anything better/ more accurate out there? Also if there is, can i alter the fan speed if I feel like it?
Secondly, how hot should my CPU be when Idle. I'm currently getting between about 25 degrees (give or take a few degrees depending on ambient my room temperature). And what is the max temperature my CPU can reach before it gets dangerous?
I'm currently using stock settings on everything however I intend to overclock sooner or later.
SB and IB both start to throttle down around 95 C (individual core temps)
Myself I do not like to go above 70C when runing an intense application. Fot Prime95 which will genetally run hotter my max would be 80C. prime85 will often hit close to 80->85 C with the stock (junk) intel HSF.