I just completed my first build, and while I was finagling around in the BIOS I noticed, with some concern, that my CPU was sitting around 60 °C. Even when I set the maximum temperature to 55 °C, it didn't seem capable of going below 58 °C. Judging by the various threads I've found (for example) this is a little absurdly high for an idle temperature. I'm using the stock fan, by the way, which seems to go up only to 2000 rpm.
So ought I be concerned? I haven't installed the operating system yet, so I don't know how the temperature would change if I put some strain on it. But frankly I don't want to risk putting strain on it at this point.
What is the best way to get my CPU to chill out? I'm thinking I'll be investing in an aftermarket CPU fan at this point, so what should I do? Also advice on efficient airflow, etc. would be great.
- Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge
- Asus P8P67 Deluxe LGA 1155
- SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB)
- Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500 GB internal hard drive
- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series 800 W
- COOLER MASTER 690 (it's got room for three more fans, if that helps)