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Are these temps okay??

I just built my first computer today. It has a i5 3750k at stock clock. It is using arctic silver 5 thermal paste (Pea sized blob in center) with a hyper 212 evo...

The ASRock Extreme 6 bios was reading 40-41.5 degrees Celsius at idle...this was before Windows was installed...

I am just wondering if those temps are okay? Did I do the thermal paste wrong? Do I have a faulty CPU?


*Everything works fine, no problems yet, but the system hasn't been put under any load whatsoever, not even web browsing*

Thanks a million!

-Cale :D
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  1. Is it hot where you live? how is your case? that would be near enough what to expect from the stock cooler, although it would be a good idea to get more readings from different programs

    The temps are still safe though, no worries on that side

    also i think the bios temps are at load, go into windows and check cpu usage and temps. try to keep usage under 10%
  2. 902 said:
    Is it hot where you live? how is your case? that would be near enough what to expect from the stock cooler, although it would be a good idea to get more readings from different programs

    The temps are still safe though, no worries on that side



    Yea they are safe, but I am getting a 680 and want to overclock. That temp seems really high to me...and I have a phantom 410. And I live in the Tampa area, FL
  3. Whats the ambient temperature of the room? The temperature seems a bit on the high side, have you got good airflow through the case? If you do and your not in a very hot room then i would hazard a guess at maybe too much thermal paste on the heatsink or not seated right, you are right about the pea size blob so it seems a bit unlikely you used too much
  4. 902 is right bios is not an idle reading
  5. kiezz said:
    Whats the ambient temperature of the room? The temperature seems a bit on the high side, have you got good airflow through the case? If you do and your not in a very hot room then i would hazard a guess at maybe too much thermal paste on the heatsink or not seated right, you are right about the pea size blob so it seems a bit unlikely you used too much


    should the heatsink wiggle?? Because I couldn't figure out how to get it properly seated, so I kinda jimmied the screws into the holes.

    And the room is like 70 Fahrenheit.
  6. The heatsink should be clamped pretty solid, 70f =21c so not excessively hot
  7. kiezz said:
    The heatsink should be clamped pretty solid, 70f =21c so not excessively hot



    Yea I just did the conversion and it was like 110f...so not too bad. I'm gonna download core temp and see what that has to say...
  8. It would be a good idea to re seat the cooler and it's a possibility you have negative pressure in your case could we get how many fans you have and what they are used for: intake,exhaust
  9. 1 120mm intake and 2 exhaust (120mm back, 140mm top). Plus the fan on the PSU blowing down and out of the bottom of the case.
  10. install this http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/

    with the 212 evo, if you don't tint the heatsink, than that can attribute to slightly higher temps because it lessens the "break in" period, you should see a 2-5c drop in a couple days.

    a pea size drop is fine, but it is possible that maybe you put too much, on their site for your processor, they instruct to use the "line" method. Having a little too much WILL give you a high idle

    i would install prime95 and run a stress test and see how much your temps are increasing. keep it under @70c
  11. and i definitely wouldn't even think about overclocking until you can get your temps under control. the hyper 212 evo shouldn't wiggle, it should be on there pretty solidly. check your screws to make sure they're not loose (u don't want to torque them down though) that can damage your cpu
  12. HoboCannibaL said:
    and i definitely wouldn't even think about overclocking until you can get your temps under control. the hyper 212 evo shouldn't wiggle, it should be on there pretty solidly. check your screws to make sure they're not loose (u don't want to torque them down though) that can damage your cpu


    the screws are almost all the way in, but the thing still wiggles a little bit. The bracket doesn't seem to want to seat into the heatsink...
  13. do you have the bracket installed correctly?
  14. HoboCannibaL said:
    do you have the bracket installed correctly?



    yea, there is really only one way...
  15. Anonymous said:
    yea, there is really only one way...



    I think he means properly and we've already established something isn't right with how it's seated it shouldn't move at all
  16. is this what's going on with it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7qAql2BYvw

    if so...a lot of people have been having these issues, some places say its normal, however mine does NOT do that, so i wouldn't call it normal. maybe a normal issue with these heat sinks.

    how'd the stress test go with your temps?
  17. HoboCannibaL said:
    is this what's going on with it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7qAql2BYvw

    if so...a lot of people have been having these issues, some places say its normal, however mine does NOT do that, so i wouldn't call it normal. maybe a normal issue with these heat sinks.

    how'd the stress test go with your temps?


    Haven't done it yet. Have to do homework first. And it barely moves at all. Nothing like in that video...
  18. then i wouldn't worry about it, once you get done with everything you gotta do, i strongly recommend seeing what your temps get up to under stress (if they get above 75 i would stop the test).

    the arctic silver 5 needs to fill the microscopic poors on the processor and heat sink to be at its standard performance (the break in period) if in two days (of using the computer) you do not see better temps....remove the heat sink, remove the thermal paste, tint your heat sink, and then reapply the thermal paste back onto the processor (arctic silver 5 website recommends the line method for your processor)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VSDkB-3st4

    if you don't tint the heat sink (which is fine, i don't) it takes about two days to reach optimum cooling performance
  19. I ran Prime95 for 10 minutes and the hottest core got to 63C...
  20. They are now leveling at around 34C on hottest core at idle...20C on coolest
  21. Best answer
    yeah, you're fine enjoy your new build {=^.^=}
  22. Best answer selected by CaleTheKing.
  23. YAY THANKS!!! ~^.^~
  24. no prob c",)
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