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Windows 7: Strange heat problem with CPU and MB

23 Jul 2014   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

You would have to remove the front cover on the case and take a look. I can't tell you from here.
Your drive bays are blocking most of the front intake.
Like I posted before their isn't much you can do with that case. Clean it and see what the temps are.

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23 Jul 2014   #12

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp1

Well it's about as clean as I can get it now,

When the computer was NOT experiencing the constant running and heat problems it was running about 42 c now it is down to about 34c .

I appreciate everyones help. For right now I am going to monitor the temps much closer. I'm going to hold off pulling off the cpu cooler for now. This would probably be something I would take in have done at the local computer shop.

Maybe it will serve as a reminder to others to take the time to really check the dust in your computer.
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29 Jul 2014   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium, x64

EDIT: Didn't notice a second page. Apparently, you've already decided to go this route. Will leave comment for reference.


That is quite a bit of dust that was built up. At this point, I would not attempt to remove the heatsink. If you feel competent, you can remove the motherboard from the case to clean all around it without having to reapply any thermal paste. The paste only goes between processing units (GPUs/CPUs) and heatsinks. Just be sure to neutralize any electrostatic differences between you and the machine by touching part of the metal frame within before you touch any circuitry.

As for that front fan, I can't see it doing much. There's not enough clearance in the frame between the fan and internal components. The outside grill, however, appears to be sufficient for air intake. That enormous amount of dust buildup that you've removed will make quite a difference alone. Since the case is already open, I would clean all the fans if you haven't. The dust seen on the CPU fan itself in the first picture isn't a significant amount of buildup, and wouldn't much effect the cooling power; much unlike the buildup underneath. However, dense accumulations of dust on a fan will effect the aerodynamics of the blades enough to render the fan useless. It's best to keep them clean.

Were it my system, I would just give it a thorough dusting, which I believe you already have, and put it back together and see how she does.
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