Question I7 8700k idle 87C Liquid cooled

Nov 7, 2020
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I received a pre-build pc for my birthday 2 years ago. A few weeks ago one of the fans began making strange noises, culminating in a ridiculously loud whirring today. I used open hardware monitor to check my temps and discovered my cpu was idling at 92 C. I cleaned the case thoroughly and the idle temp went down to 77-87C.
I believe the problem is with the liquid cooler. Please let me know what I need to do and what else you need to know to help me. Please explain step by step, as I am not very knowledgeable on computers.
Thank you.
 
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Thank you! I took the cooler off of the processor and liquid had spilled and crusted. Bought a new cooler and thermal paste today after a thorough cleaning
 

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