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i7-4790K overheating with Corsair Hydro Series H60 cooler

Hello,

I've been running into some intermittent BSOD issues when gaming. I did some checking at the crash dumps which led me down the hardware route. I did some temperature monitoring using MSI afterburner and found that under load the cpu was reaching the 80+ degrees Celsius. With stability testing in AIDA64 some core temps were reaching 90s resulting in the CPU throttling.

When idle CPU temps hover around 35 - 40c

The radiator was pretty dusty so I blew that out. I also updated the bios, but am still having heat issues.

CPU: i74790k 4.0Ghz (no overclocking)
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 (with 120mm fan)
MotherBoard: ASUS Z97-K ATX
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

This PC was built for me 3 years ago. I was considering taking the cooler plate off and removing/reapplying thermal paste. I'm not super comfortable with hardware stuff outside swapping a video card out. So any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. It would be wise to put new paste after 3 years and clean a rad and a fan from the dust, that should drop the temps for you.
    Since cooler is already installed, all you need to do is unscrew 4 screws clean old paste put a new one and screw it back in X patent.
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  2. 80's and even 90's should not be causing BSODs. That's very warm, but not overheating. Your issue lies elsewhere.
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  3. st3v30 said:
    It would be wise to put new paste after 3 years and clean a rad and a fan from the dust, that should drop the temps for you.
    Since cooler is already installed, all you need to do is unscrew 4 screws clean old paste put a new one and screw it back in X patent.


    Anonymous said:
    80's and even 90's should not be causing BSODs. That's very warm, but not overheating. Your issue lies elsewhere.


    Thanks. I'll take another look into the crash dump after work. I'll probably still redo the thermal paste since I'm guessing running in the 80s/90s isn't good for the CPU?
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    Intel rates your CPU to run reliably and stably (at stock speeds) up to 100c, at which point it will throttle to prevent instability or reduced lifespan. 130c is the point at which it shuts down to prevent damage.

    Subjectively, many on here don't like being close to the max temperature Intel says it's safe, so we try to keep our CPUs away from 100c, but realistically CPUs have some of the lowest failure rates of any component. It's more important to lower it once you start messing with voltage and clockspeed though.
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