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Cpu idle running close to 80c

Basically speccy is showing that my cpu is running at 74 celsius idle, but at bios the temp was 40c, should I be worried? I don't think that I should re-apply the thermal compound since this is like a year old rig. I get BSODs but the error codes mostly imply something related to memory, so I doubt it is because of overheating. It has gotten louder for sure but seems like gpu fan's to blame. Would appreciate your help guys, thanks a lot.

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Get another opinion test.

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Look up CPUID or CPUZ and see what it reports. As the heat goes up the error does often show as related to memory because the CPU faulted on read or write.

This is dangerous for most users as such can cause a bad write to the HDD or SSD and poof, the user loses their system. Not a big deal as all I know (except for a lot of forum members) keep backups of what they can't lose.

As to 1 year, that's old enough to build up dust in heatsinks or compound to dry and crack or a corner of the heatsink to lift off. Time to fix it.

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Readings

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that was quick, thanks. I already cleaned the dust but I guess I'll have to remove the heatsink and check the situation there, ehh. as for the readings - I don't really know what to take from them as I am not really an IT guy, would appreciate if you could take a peek and see if something is out of the ordinary. Maybe it is safer to just take it to a specialist though just to be sure.
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Looks like we need CPUID's HWMONITOR.

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There are other tools like this but the idea is to get another opinion.

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Thanks

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Damn, this made me feel like I'm a potato lmao. yeah same readings as speccy. it is so weird though, can't believe that reapplying thermal compound could make such a difference. Could it somehow have gotten damaged or something? The fan is spinning so it's not that. Anyways, I think I'll bring the computer to my IT guy as it won't be solved that easily, thank you.

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The word is touchdown.

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That is, that feeling when the heatsink lands just right on the CPU top. Over and over I found a heatsink not seating correctly. Why this happens has too many reasons but after a while you know that feel as the heatsink lands just right.

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