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spoon_T_Rex

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The heat has finally hit in Idaho and my computer is feeling it. The funny thing is that my apartment isn't exactly overheated, though. The CPU is now sitting somewhere at around 65 degrees Celcius. The only upgrades on this system since last year is that I now have a GeForce 6600GT (instead of an FX5600) and 1GB RAM (vs. 512MB last year). Other than those two items it's exactly the same and had no heat issues at all last summer (or at all). I doubt either of these two are the issue to the increased heat. (I am aware the 6600GT draws more power than the 5600).

My side is off the case, and the rest of the computer is running at 40 degrees Celcius.

I hope that gives an idea of where I'm sitting at computer wise.

I guess what I want to know is would removing the heatsink and fan from the cpu and reapplying thermal grease be the best option? Or should I just get a whole new heatsink and fan? I don't have access to the thermal grease at the moment, so I can't just try it out for a couple of days, so I wanted to know what anyone else thought, as in if this is a good direction to pursue (reapplying) or what instead would be the best course to take.

Thanks in advance. :)
 
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Taking the hs/fan off to clean and reapply the grease is a good idea-
http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_silver_instructions_small.htm
- but, it would be even better to upgrade the pair while you have 'em off.
You may know already but ensure the heatsink is free of dust and other matter. Make sure the fan is running up to speed and is clean also.
You may also check and see if there is something that's running in the background using the CPU and causing it to warm up.
 

spoon_T_Rex

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Well, I'm not too afraid of removing a heatsink and fan more than once if I need to, so I'll try cleaning it off first and see how that goes.

I've been blowning the system free of dust for some time, so I'm pretty sure it's not an issue, I suppose I could do a better check though. ;)

Nothing out of the ordinary is running in the background. Been playing Half-Life 2 recently, and that definetly shuts down the computer, though. ;)
 
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