73 months ago
I have a build that I put together last year that has served as my main office / light-medium gaming PC. Never paid a ton of attention to the temperature it is running at, and it has been stable for the past year, but recently I randomly decided to check the temps and realized that the CPU is idling around 45-50C. Tried a load test with Prime95 and it quickly got near 80c, so I stopped it.
So these temps are a little high for comfort, and I want to do something about it.
Setup is: Core i5 2500k w/stock cooler Asus P8Z68-V PRO Gen3 Raidmax Smilodon case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-156-062)
I don't know why it's running so hot. I thought maybe the CPU cooler was not seated correctly, so I have ordered some arctic silver and plan on re-seating it and applying fresh thermal paste. Thought I might replace the cooler while I'm at it, but unfortunately it seems that my case apparently does not accommodate the very popular Hyper 212 Evo.
Any suggestions for coolers in the same price range that are smaller? I'm not planning on OC'ing or anything, I just want something that is going to keep the CPU cool under normal conditions and during some gaming. Ideally, I'd like to avoid anything that requires removing the motherboard, but I know most coolers require that...