|Good evening folks,|
Yesterday I noticed my processor was idling at quite a high temperature. I'll start with the specs:
Intel Quad Core Q6600
P5N-E SLI Mobo
No overclocking at all involved.
As for the temperatures.
Core 0 - 54
Core 2 - 56
Core 3 - 59
I personally felt this was to high, especially while idle. I grabbed some Thermal Compound from work, a can of compressed air and a new case fan - I was on a mission!
I removed my CPU heatsink and gave it a good clean, also removed any dust I could see throughout the machine itself. I carefully removed the old thermal paste from the CPU and heatsink, which was rather flakey and came away effortlessly, what there was of it. Whilst applying the new thermal paste, I noticed it was more like a cream.. a white cream, not the usual 'grey paste' I'm used to seeing.
Not thinking much of it, I re-fitted the heatsink and CPU fan, upon start up I noticed the temperatures were slightly worse - how fantastic.
Have I done something wrong? Upon further inspection of the thermal paste, it does say Heatsink compound, but also addresses the CPU use, have I picked the wrong one up in a hurry? The heatsink is seated correctly, and I'm actually confused, any help is greatly appreciated.