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Is my CPU too hot?
Jan 3, 2013, 3:36 PM
I built my first ever computer a few days ago and I'm not sure if I will need to buy an aftermarket cooler for my CPU.
I have an Intel i5-3450(IB) and on idle I get 39-43 degrees and when gaming it goes to 50-60. Will I need an aftermarket cooler?
I'm checking temps using RealTemp. My case tells me that the temp inside is 23 degrees. I have a Zalman Z9U3. Stock fans.
Jan 4, 2013
Jan 3, 2013, 3:48 PM
Your temps are excellent. I recommend you leave the heatsink alone. Your cpu is running at about the same range of temps as mine.
Jan 4, 2013, 2:25 PM
Your CPU can run reliably up to a core temperature of 105C. You have a long ways to go before you get near that temperature so save your money.
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