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Hello fellow techies.

So here is my dilemma. I am slapping together a new computer, and I need a little help diagnosing why my CPU is overheating. Here are my specs.

CPU INTEL|C2D E8500 3.16G 775 45N
MEM 2Gx2|CORS TWIN2X4096-6400C5
HD 640G|WD 7K 16M WD6400AAKS
WIN XP PRO X64
CASE TT|VA8003BWS BK
MB ASUS P5Q DELUXE 775 P45 ICH10R
VGA PNY VCGGTX280XPB GTX280 1G
PSU CORSAIR|CMPSU-750TX 750W

I put the rig together and booted it up. The first thing I did was check the CPU temp and it was at 65 C then climbed to 76 C. All settings on default. I didn't use any thermal compound and I am using the manufacturer's fan, so I thought maybe that was the issue. So I thought ok, 170 F I can deal, but after installing windows I checked again and the temp had climbed to 93. Right then I shut it down. I've come up with a couple of possible reasons for the temp being so high.

1. I need thermal compound and a better cpu fan, but that seems unlikely since even with the manufacturer's fan I should be at a no higher than 50 C
2. The default voltage settings are too high and that is causing my complications with my cpu.
3. The CPU is DOA and I need to RMA.

I would appreciate any input. Thank you very much.

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You need to add the thermal compound, this enhances the thermal convection from the heat spreader of the CPU to the heat sink. It's a must!

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