CPU Overheating up to 89-98C

My Alienware heats up to 89-98C when playing Games even at medium/low settings.

Also had a couple BSOD with an error of IRQL_LESS_OR_EQUAL

I flashed the new BIOS because fans werent working properly at first.
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  1. Is this a laptop or desktop? Some laptop models just get really hot.

    Is it under warranty? If so, call Alienware. If not, consider reapplying the thermal paste. As they often use way too much at the factory. Check all fans are functioning and that the heatsink fins are free of dust.
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  2. Velo is right, give your laptop a good blow clean getting rid of all dust that might have acumulated inside. Bsod you're getting are most probably result of it being unstale due to too high core temperature. If you played with overclocking turn it down a notch, you can also try in harware monitor inside bios to turn up all fans to manual 100% and see if it helps. If it's new and this is happening without any input from you better call warranty.
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  3. velocityg4 said:
    Is this a laptop or desktop? Some laptop models just get really hot.

    Is it under warranty? If so, call Alienware. If not, consider reapplying the thermal paste. As they often use way too much at the factory. Check all fans are functioning and that the heatsink fins are free of dust.


    Its no longer under warranty, Im afraid of opening it up, I havent found any videos to disassemble an alienware MX17R3, and the only time i tried i barred one of the screws and now i cant remove it. If you would share the process on how to disassemble one and the things i have to be careful about when opening a laptop I would be very grateful and try it myself.
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  4. robyourdaddy said:
    velocityg4 said:
    Is this a laptop or desktop? Some laptop models just get really hot.

    Is it under warranty? If so, call Alienware. If not, consider reapplying the thermal paste. As they often use way too much at the factory. Check all fans are functioning and that the heatsink fins are free of dust.


    Its no longer under warranty, Im afraid of opening it up, I havent found any videos to disassemble an alienware MX17R3, and the only time i tried i barred one of the screws and now i cant remove it. If you would share the process on how to disassemble one and the things i have to be careful about when opening a laptop I would be very grateful and try it myself.


    Here is disassembly of the M17x. It looks very simple. Just remove the cover. Unscrew the heatsink. Unplug the fans. Remove heatsinks, clean, apply thermal paste and put back together.

    http://www.ihowfix.com/alienware-m17x-disassembly/
    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Clean-Laptop-Fan-and-Apply-Thermal-Paste-on/

    When unplugging the fans. Do not pull on the wire. Remove it at the base. You should see were the fan plugs into the motherboard. Remove at the connector. You should be able to work it with your finger nails or a plastic spudger.
    http://www.irisvista.com/tech/newbie/18-fan-cable-unplugged.jpg

    If you want to get nuts about it.
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/liquid-metal-showdown-thermal-grizzly-conductonaut-vs-cool-laboratory-liquid-ultra-pro.791489/

    As for thermal paste. Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut is one of the best newbie friendly (non-conductive) pastes. Arctic Silver 5 is an old popular brand. I use the AS 5. Just because I got a huge tube of it years ago and see no compelling reason to buy something else until it is used up. If I was buying today I'd get the Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut.
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  5. Also invest in some good quality screw/torx drivers so you don't bur up any more screws.
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