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    Yesterday, I built my first computer and here are the specs:

    CPU: Intel Core i7 950 3GHz (stock)
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    I've noticed a few issues and need some clarification.

    1. Nothing is overclocked and I've been receiving a "CPU Temperature Error" on startup. I've ignored the notification in the bios and recently scanned at idle with AIDA64 Extreme Edition (see picture). I'm not quite sure if these temperature readings are normal. (At times they seem to increasingly fluctuate all the way up to 100C).



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    2. ASUS Suite II warns me of multiple voltage issues and I was wondering if the readings from AIDA64 were stable. (Research informs me that it is a common glitch with ASUS Suite).

    I don't plan on overclocking any time soon so is a stock cooler sufficient for the time being? Thank you to all who respond.

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    Make sure the cooler is properly mounted down

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    Take some pictures of your BIOS setting to show your voltages; several of the smart guys here have the Rampage III and can look at your settings and make recommendations.

    Those temps seem high for running at idle with stock settings even for the OEM heatsink and fan so you might not have it mounted flush with the CPU as the Duffer says it might help to recheck that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KIPPER View Post
    Take some pictures of your BIOS setting to show your voltages; several of the smart guys here have the Rampage III and can look at your settings and make recommendations.

    Those temps seem high for running at idle with stock settings even for the OEM heatsink and fan so you might not have it mounted flush with the CPU as the Duffer says it might help to recheck that.
    Thank you smduff and KIPPER, I re-installed the CPU cooler (it wasn't flush) and it worked, temperatures are down to 30-35C. Thank you very much. Should I still take some pictures?

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    You will not be able to overclock a lot with the stock air cooler. I7's run pretty hot when overclocking. You may want to investigate aftermarket air cooling. The Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is only around $30. Midrange such as Thermalpaste Frio is around $50 and the top dog Noctua D14 runs around $80. FYI.

    Keep your load temps no more than 85. Ideal load temps would be 75-80...!

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    Not trying to insult your intelligence......so no offense but did you use thermal paste when you remounted?

    I've seen it happen, so just asking. Makes a massive difference in load temps if you forgot thermal paste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evolute View Post
    Thank you smduff and KIPPER, I re-installed the CPU cooler (it wasn't flush) and it worked, temperatures are down to 30-35C. Thank you very much. Should I still take some pictures?
    No problem and yes, post your system specs in the user CP as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    Not trying to insult your intelligence......so no offense but did you use thermal paste when you remounted?

    I've seen it happen, so just asking. Makes a massive difference in load temps if you forgot thermal paste.
    It's an honest question, no worries. I did use thermal paste when I re-mounted. Everything is cooler now and stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smduff View Post
    No problem and yes, post your system specs in the user CP as well.
    Completely forgot, specs are posted.
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drdeath View Post
    You will not be able to overclock a lot with the stock air cooler. I7's run pretty hot when overclocking. You may want to investigate aftermarket air cooling. The Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is only around $30. Midrange such as Thermalpaste Frio is around $50 and the top dog Noctua D14 runs around $80. FYI.

    Keep your load temps no more than 85. Ideal load temps would be 75-80...!
    I'll definitely read up on all 3, thank you for the heads up. It would be a complete waste if I didn't overclock, yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evolute View Post
    I'll definitely read up on all 3, thank you for the heads up. It would be a complete waste if I didn't overclock, yes?

    To be on a OC forum and not try would be LOL, you need to click yes to show in pblic for your system specs in the user CP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smduff View Post
    To be on a OC forum and not try would be LOL, you need to click yes to show in pblic for your system specs in the user CP.
    Touché.
    Any recommendations on what I should overclock first? I'm guessing the CPU. Uck, I feel like a noob.

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    The first thing I would do is look over the 4GHz thread, there is a ton of info that will help you out on your way.

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    I would look for your max overclock on stock voltage before you try 4GHz. Try auto on all voltages, disable turbo and power saving features. Once you find max OC on stock, take small steps with fsb and small steps with voltage.

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    What cooling have you got? Didn't see that in your specs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyguy View Post
    What cooling have you got? Didn't see that in your specs.

    only 3% more SKY! here is a thanx!

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