I've had the Intel Desktop Utilities installed ever since I set up the machine. Lately, I've been seeing a lot of these:
I grabbed a can of pressurized air and cleaned out the inside of the case. Didn't do anything in regards to temperature.
So I figured it couldn't hurt to replace the thermal compound between the heat sink and the CPU, so that's what I did. And here's how it looked:
So, I cleaned it all up with alcohol and applied new thermal paste:
So, after this whole ordeal, pretty much nothing has changed:
Before I replaced the thermal compound, I would get temperature reading of >90°C in the BIOS, after replacing it, I got a reading of 78°C.
In the OS, the temperatures are much lower, yet, still concerning. Under moderate load it will jump to the 85-90°C area rather quickly.
Why is the CPU suddenly getting this hot and how should I remedy this situation?