- 58 months ago
As the topic suggests I'm worried my CPU is running too hot. It's an old-ish Xeon X3440 and one of the few core parts remaining from the Lenovo Thinkstation E20 4222 I was given as a handmedown. The other part in question is the stock cooler (some lenovo one, not a stock intel fan).
I've been worried for a few days that my computer has been running too warm as I can feel it through the case against my leg. This morning I swear I could smell something funny coming from my pc while gaming. I checked Speccy this morning when it was running hot to the touch and it was saying 107 C. I stopped gaming and let it go idle for a a few hours, purely browsing chrome and listening to spotify. I kept a fair eye on Core Temp and Speccy both listing the CPU not dropping below 80 C
So I looked inside to see if all the fans were working, the fan on the heatsink as well as the two 120mm case fans were both running happily. It was mildly dusty and could do with a spring clean and I will be doing that soon.
However throughout using it today I noticed that the cpu never dropped below 78 which I'm not sure if I should find worrying or comforting. So back to my original question, is my CPU running too hot and if so, what could I do beyond a spring clean to reduce temperatures to a more recommended level? I've read about perhaps improving cable management and I've perhaps thought of replacing the thermal paste along with a new cooler, the 212 evo specifically.
Thanks in advance.
UPDATE So after cleaning my case from all the dust I could while idle (spotify and chrome) it stayed around 60-70 C and when gaming always just below 80 C.