- use Asus' software from the motherboard site for monitoring CPU heat, NOT speedfan (Probe II/Fan XPert). There's NO reason to be using speedfan anyway.
*Not sure which tools apply.
- case fan layout should have INTAKE at bottom-front, and OUTTAKE at top-rear (sometimes two outtake fans). The Antec ONE is $50, supports USB3 and has two outtake fans just FYI.
- case fans are usually 12cm and should be roughly 500 to 800 RPM, 16dB, NON-Variable using the 4-pin MOLEX connector. Don't get high-RPM, variable 1000+RPM. (NCIX may have a list if need be)
- CPU heatsink. Definitely use non-stock. Spend at least $20.
Even with stock cooler, is it really normal that just running CPUID raises temp that high? I don't think so.
Anyway, I wanted not to worry about CPU temp at all, so installed Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus on i5-2400. Some people said it's overkill since it's not OC'able CPU, but keeping CPU temp below 50C and silent all the time while playing Skyrim on Ultra/1080p @50-60 FPS is priceless, for ~$20.
Surely he'll want to work WITH the hot air and expel it out the top and bring it in through the bottom.
I'd suggest reseating the cooler with fresh paste, check the seating of the CPU and reset his BIOS. Check temps again with a few different peices of software+check the bios.
Once you've tried that and tried the other suggestions in this thread and still no change, respond with the outcome/any observations.
Am saying it, because originally i had it facing OUT, based on that hot air raises, but then I just tested and that happened. So, its based on experience, the only fans I have OUT are the PSU and the back fan, All others Front, side and top are IN. It might take like 15-20 min just to test it out.
Something is going on. That is not right. Are you saying your cpu jumps to the 70s and 80s right after boot and its just idle? Verify if it is idle or if it has a load. Check windows task manager and see what the cpu is doing. Is there a load? Since it's a new build I'm assuming its not oc'ed? I would be looking for a much more basic problem. Cooler not seated on the cpu, is the cooler fan running.