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AMD Phenom II X4 970 overheating 183 Degrees F Help!

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December 29, 2012 6:31:45 PM

Hi! I've just built my first desktop using

-AMD Phenom II X4 970 3.5GHz
-Gigabyte Motherboard GA-890FXA-UD5
-12 GB DDR3 RAM
-Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Card
-950W Power Supply

Problem - My main problem is that for some reason my CPU is running way too hot and I have no idea why. If anyone has any idea what could be wrong please, feel free to let me know what I can do. I have pics of my temperature, CPU-Z, and BIOS voltage.


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December 29, 2012 6:37:29 PM

Darkearth10 said:
Hi! I've just built my first desktop using

-AMD Phenom II X4 970 3.5GHz
-Gigabyte Motherboard GA-890FXA-UD5
-12 GB DDR3 RAM
-Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Card
-950W Power Supply

Problem - My main problem is that for some reason my CPU is running way too hot and I have no idea why. If anyone has any idea what could be wrong please, feel free to let me know what I can do. I have pics of my temperature, CPU-Z, and BIOS voltage.


http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag69/Darkearth10/CP...
http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag69/Darkearth10/H_...
http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag69/Darkearth10/IM...
http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag69/Darkearth10/IM...


I would check to make sure the heatsink is seated right and make sure the heatsink fan is working. Are you using the stock heatsink or aftermarket and did you apply your own thermal paste? If so you might have used to much I would clean it all off and start all over again. Re-apply and only use a small dot about 5-5.5mm's (about the size of a pea) and see if that helps.
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December 29, 2012 7:01:59 PM

rds1220 said:
I would check to make sure the heatsink is seated right and make sure the heatsink fan is working. Are you using the stock heatsink or aftermarket and did you apply your own thermal paste? If so you might have used to much I would clean it all off and start all over again. Re-apply and only use a small dot about 5-5.5mm's (about the size of a pea) and see if that helps.


The heatsink is seated correctly and the heatsink fan works, I did apply my own thermal paste (Applied a pea shaped amount and wiped with a credit card.) Not really sure what kind of heatsink it is as I got it from a friend.
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December 29, 2012 7:31:02 PM

Darkearth10 said:
The heatsink is seated correctly and the heatsink fan works, I did apply my own thermal paste (Applied a pea shaped amount and wiped with a credit card.) Not really sure what kind of heatsink it is as I got it from a friend.


First thing is I would not spread it with a credit card. All that will do is cause air bubbles and heat problems. Next you might have applied to much thermal paste you only need a small dot. Lastly I would find out exactly what heatsink you have and what the TDP rating is for it. CPU'S have different TDP (amount of heat they give off) and heatsinks to go along with that TDP. So you can not put a heatsink rated for 65 Watts on a CPU rated for 95 Watts. A 65 Watt heatink can not dissipate the heat generated by a 95 Watt TDP processor.
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December 29, 2012 7:37:41 PM

First, you named your PC GLADOS and you expect it to behave? LOL!

I noticed that the readings from the different core where all over the map, and that only core1 is in dangerous territory, core 0 is 41 and core 2 is at 66 neither of which is that bad. All you voltages are auto’d and you’re not over clocked, so it’s either a bios issue, the cooler is malfunctioning or it’s a ghost.
If you are using a fan with direct pipes and the middle pipe isn’t working, that might be it.
But really, dude, heatsinks are not meant to be passed down as family heirlooms. Buy a Noctua or CM 212EVO for $20 and be done with it.
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December 30, 2012 5:13:24 AM

Thanks for the help so far, I'll try getting a new heatsink/apply less thermal grease and see what happens.
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December 30, 2012 5:19:41 AM

If your question was answered please select a best answer before you leave so themods know and can close the thread.
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December 30, 2012 5:23:06 AM

Well, I can't say for certain yet, I'll try the proposed solutions and then close if they work, if not I'll let you guys know.
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January 9, 2013 8:59:50 PM

Best answer selected by Darkearth10.
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January 9, 2013 9:00:33 PM

Buying a new heatsink worked, cooled it by 70-90 degrees more. Thanks for the help.
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