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mconnelly

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A8-5600K APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 21 Model 16 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4049 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6570, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953765 MB, Free - 911467 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, FM2-A55M-E33 (MS-7721)
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled


Here are the specs. What is the average operating temp for my CPU? And, if mid 50's is too high, what is a good, moderately priced heatsink/fan combo?
 

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There are many things that affect cpu temp [case airflow, ambient temp, cpu load, type of hsf, etc] so giving you an average temp is not really possible.

AMD no longer publishes max temps for their cpus however if you are running in the mid 50s under a normal or light load, that is pretty warm. If you are running in the mid 50s when stress testing or encoding video, then it is fine.

Generally unless you overclock/overvolt the cpu or are gaming, the stock hsf works ok. Since you list a lower end APU, I assume you are not overclocking or gaming. It is possible that your heatsink needs cleaning and or new thermal compound. Is the inside of the case dusty, wires and cables running all over, etc?
 

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I just cleaned the heatsink before I posted my question. The case stays pretty clean as well. I do think that I need to invest in a different thermal compound. I'm using an older tube of an Antec compound. Other than that, video is the most demanding task that I use the computer for right now.


You referred to my CPU as low end. Can you recommend an AMD Socket FM2 CPU that is a bit better?
 

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If you are just watching videos, that is not cpu intensive. The apu line from amd is for basic builds ie running office, email, etc. They are not really intended for any type of performance; that would be the FX line of cpus.

From the support page for your mb, it shows support for the A10 6800 which would be a reasonable increase in performance however do understand that the FM2/APU is not a performance processor.

Note you will most likely have to update the bios to use the 6800. Here is a link to the support page for your mb;
http://us.msi.com/support/mb/FM2A55ME33.html#support-cpu
 
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