Processor: Intel i7 920
Stock Heat Sink.
AS5 Thermal Paste
Case: Thermaltake Element G Mid Tower Case @
Case contains: 1x230mm fan, 2x200mm, 1x140mm
Mainboard: EVGA X58 SLI Classified Intel X58 Socket LGA1366
Ram: Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3 Tri PC12800 1600MHz (3x2GB)
SSD: Hitachi 1TB Serial ATA HD 7200/32MB/SATA-3G
HDD: OCZ Vertex Series 120GB SATA 2
Power Supply: Kingwin Mach 1 700w ATX Modular
Video: Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1GB PCIe DDR5 w/HDMI & DVI
Operating System: Windows 7 Premium
THIS SYSTEM IS NOT OVERCLOCKED IN ANY WAY.
Ambient Temp: 22C
Processor Cores: 45c idle, 80c max load
Note that I have re-seated the heatsink multiple times with the same resulting temperatures.
I just built this system last week and right out of the box with the stock cooler I'm getting 45c idle temperatures and 80c load temperatures. I understand that these temperatures are within safe levels and should cause no damage to the processor.
HOWEVER. I've read a lot of people getting 30c idle and 60c max load temperatures with stock conditions. I've also heard about people getting 25-35c idle and 50-60c max overclocked at 3.6Ghz with an aftermarket cooler.
First thing to know is that I've already contacted the vendor and they are willing to replace the processor at no cost.
Once I get an aftermarket cooler and know the system has been stable, i'd like to overclock this machine to 3.6GHz. So the problem I come across is:
Does this processor USUALLY idle 45c or is the norm around 30c like I've read on most sites with a max load between 50-60c instead of the 80c I am getting?
The point is if this processor usually idles and maxes at lower temperatures than I am getting, I may as well send my processor back for a replacement before putting an aftermarket heatsink on it and trying to start overclocking the system. I mean, they are willing to do it at no cost so I'm not losing anything and am patient enough to wait for 15°c-25°c difference.