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Another computer oddity......
By:  Sydwyndir (Gun Toting Right-wing Goon; 8203)
Posted on: 12-02-2018 22:35.
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When I got this AMD FX6300 CPU back almost exactly 2 years ago, I first tried to use the larger, fancier heatpipe-equipped CPU cooler that had been on the Athlon X2 it replaced. Didn't work, I had higher, spikier temperatures, so I put the stock aluminum fin heatsink back on.

As I'd said before, my system was randomly shutting itself off, and I had no idea why but I suspected the PSU. Why else would it be? The fan/HS combo was more than adequate, so it couldn't be heat. Besides, it was shutting down during games, during idle times, etc.

So in comes the new PSU. Put it in last night after the game (ROOOOOOLL TIDE!), get cables managed (for now, still haven't decided if I'm going to cut the motherboard tray up for cable management routing), powered it back on, went right back to screwing around on the internet.

Come out into the office this AM...PC's shut down.


Back up and start thinking about what it might be. System was kind of furry inside when I took it apart, so I think, I'll clean it off when I get home. I installed CPUID HWMonitor and gave it a run. Holy shit I was getting CPU package highs of 84C. The recommended top end, stop here before you damage anything for the FX6300 is 65C!

Well now I've got a hell of a problem. I can't afford a new cooler or case, but what can I do? I blew out the HS and looked through my extensive Junk Box to try and find other fans I might use...lo and behold, I find that aforementioned HS with the heat pipes. I said to myself, well, at this point, what have I got to lose trying it? Clean off the CPU, apply new thermal paste, clean the HS off and have it standing by in the bullpen, put the cleaned-up "old" Fan/HS on, boot up, run CPUID...

That was around 9 or 10, it's now 1 AM, the highest temp I've hit was during Left4Dead2, and it was 49C. So all of the sudden, the fan/heatsink that 2 years ago actually caused my system to run hotter than the piece of shit aluminum heatsink is doing a vastly better job and my systme is running 30C-50C cooler than it was earlier today.


Thank you, Gary Gygax.
I am not going to live in fear. They want my freedom, my peace of mind? Come and get it. - James Lileks, regarding al Qaeda, 09/11