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    Is my pc overheating?

    Hi, I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with my pc so i thought to ask here if these temps are too high. Please keep in mind the gfx card was designed to run at high temps.
    Going to clean pc and reinstall windows, hoping that will help. thanks in advance for any help

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    From what I can tell no your computer isn't overheating but your graphics card is running very high if it ever goes over 95°C then you should turn off your pc and let it cool down a bit. Also cleaning it would be a great idea and will lower the temps by a decent amount. As well Speccy sometimes has the wrong temperature eg my old cpu Athlon X4 860K always showed high temps like 80 or 90 but in reality it was always 20°C cooler than what was shown

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    The GPU is definitely overheating and probably needs a clean inside like emilsobo said, don't re-install Windows yet.. The CPU temperature looks very good.

    I think this would help it massively..
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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    Yeh clean that heat sink - I cleaned the radiator on my CPU recently and it was utterly caked after a few years of neglect.

    Is that an at stress measurement or not? If that's stress I'd not worry so much but if it's a tickover measurement then something is very wrong.

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    thanks! do you guys know what that spray hes using to clean the thermal paste?

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    Quote Originally Posted by satsuma View Post
    thanks! do you guys know what that spray hes using to clean the thermal paste?
    Couldnt see anything he sprayed the thermal paste off with.. but he used compressed air to clean the heatsink.
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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    Quote Originally Posted by satsuma View Post
    thanks! do you guys know what that spray hes using to clean the thermal paste?
    Yeah I saw that, I think he used something that didn't help in the slightest

    I wonder if it was glasses cleaner or something, but I suspect if you can store it in a plastic bottle then it won't be much of a solvent, and if it is then spraying it around the circuit board seems a bad idea.

    I usually scrape/wipe the worst off, then use a small bottle of acetone bought from the chemist (had to ask for it, there was only scented nail varnish remover on the shelves). Dab some onto a bit of kitchen roll, polish the last of it off. Harsh solvents, carefully controlled on a wipe.

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    He might have used IsoPropylAlcohol (IPA) Which is a less aggressive solvent. It will remove thermal paste - just takes longer and a bit more effort.
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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    He might have used IsoPropylAlcohol (IPA) Which is a less aggressive solvent. It will remove thermal paste - just takes longer and a bit more effort.
    He was scraping though, a *lot* of scraping. I really couldn't see any solvent effect.

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    If you watch some of his later videos he's using IPA so i guess he used that, although looking at how ineffective it was i suspect it may have been a 70% dilute intended for infection control.

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    He was scraping though, a *lot* of scraping. I really couldn't see any solvent effect.
    Ja, because he may have been using IPA. Spray that on a TIM pad, and you'll still have a TIM pad 20 minutes later. It's awful at shifting big lumps of the stuff, which is why you need to scrape a lot.

    I favour ArctiClean myself, but we have been known to use electrical contact cleaner, which smells the same... I think it's the Tetrachloroethylene in it?
    We've even used brake cleaner, which must be referred to as 'Bremsenreiniger', and which is spoken with the worst German accent you can manage.

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    , but we have been known to use electrical contact cleaner, which smells the same...
    Hopefully not the slightly acidic version? But yeah, IPA sounds about right.

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    Are those temps under load?

    89C is... well, normal for a 6970. https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...D_6970/32.html

    CPU isn't really cause for concern either. If you're not having any other problems I wouldn't worry about it, but cleaning out the dust from heatsinks is always worthwhile.

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    I'm thinking to replace my cpu cooler, any suggestion would be appreciated

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    Re: Is my pc overheating?

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    Are those temps under load?

    89C is... well, normal for a 6970. https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...D_6970/32.html

    CPU isn't really cause for concern either. If you're not having any other problems I wouldn't worry about it, but cleaning out the dust from heatsinks is always worthwhile.
    well my issue is when playing games (wow mostly) my pc gets noisey and i drop a lot of frames. i have lowered the settings but i still have the issue where its almost a slideshow

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