- OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
- CPU: Intel i7 960 (Bloomfield)
- Board: ASUS P6X58D-E
- CPU Cooling: Stock
I've noticed an increase in my CPU heat within the last couple of days (wasn't paying much attention to it before this). While playing WoW and streaming the gameplay, my CPU was hitting between 95C-97C. Thinking about how freakishly hot this was (in my experience), I shut everything down, opened her up, got my can of air out, and got rid of all dust I could see. Started her up, things were a bit cooler (85C-92C). I then went through the process of re-applying thermal paste (first time since I assembled this back in 2010). I loaded her up again, and this brought it down to 70C idle and 81C load.
Seeing that this is still fairly high (in my opinion, feel free to correct me), would I be better of investing in a liquid cooler of some sort (AIO, custom loop) or higher quality air cooler to cool this, or would I be better off waiting until I had the funds (doable soon, end of Q4'15/Q1'16) to purchase a new CPU and Board.
- CPU runs at 44C in BIOS
- 3 fans in the case; CPU fan runs at about 1800 RPM, exhaust fan runs at about 900RPM, intake fan runs at about 800RPM