Is this too hot?

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Hello,

I have a newly built HP Phoenix with the i7 2600 processor, the Nvidia 550 Ti graphics card, and 12 gbs of memory. I use a program called Core Temp to monitor the status of my cores and was wondering:
I play Left 4 Dead 2 on my PC and the MAX temp of all 4 cores while playing Left 4 Dead 2 sits between 50 and 54 degrees Celsius. I'm not sure what it rides at while I'm playing but is that too hot? Nothing is over clocked or anything, I'm not sure how to do that so..It usually idles while surfing the net at between 30-37 degrees Celsius. When nothing is going on it idles between 29-32 degrees Celsius. Please help, thank you! ;3
 
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No. 50 - 54 C is not too hot for an i7. Sustained temps of 70 C are on the upper edge of acceptable.

Intel tech docs say i7 Tcase limit is 72 C.

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Holy crap, so it's ok? I mean I feel my case and it isn't hot at all, even during hardcore game play. I can't find just a CPU temp monitor, it always gives me the cores. Isn't there a median number for the entire CPU and one for a GPU? Sustained temps of 70 degrees Celsius? Seriously? Wow...
 


For your software question, go with HWMonitor. It'll give you a lot of info, but Package Temp is what you're looking for I think. And as far as max temp goes, 72.6 is TCase, but 98 is Tjmax, which is around where it would throttle. Before I got my Hyper-212 Evo, when I was using the stock Intel HSF, I tried to see how far I could go OC'ing my 2500K with it and got my temps up to 85-90 and it never throttled. DON'T ever do that though, LOL. That was just an experiment...
 

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I downloaded Speed Fan and I see where the GPU is but not CPU which is what I'm looking for mainly. There's GPU, local, temp 1, temp 2, HD, and the 4 cores. Which one is the CPU?
 


Just download CPUID HWMonitor. SpeedFan gives me crazy temps personally (ie. 70C CPU temp at idle, when it's really 34C, lol). That may just be my mobo and the fact that it's not detecting sensors correctly, but whatever, HWMonitor doesn't have that problem.

Edit: It DOES at least show me a CPU temp though, just very, VERY wrong...
 

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Ok, downloaded, where is the CPU temp located?
 

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There will actually be two temps given for the CPU. The one up top will be the overall temp of the CPU. You'll also see a section in the middle of the screen that wil say core 0,1,2,3 that is the temperature of each individual core.
 


That's true obviously, but he didn't want to see the core temps, since he could see those with other programs (Core Temp or the like, I'm guessing), he just wanted the overall CPU temp, so that's why I pointed him towards Package temp.
 

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In the HW Monitor, I have 3 temps, the fans, the 4 cores, and the GPU. Where is the CPU? Is it the the section that says Temperature? There are three of them, which one is related to the CPU?
 

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So Package is the CPU temp? I have 0, 1, 2 temps how do I know what each is for?
 

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I meant the Temp 0, 1, and 2. Do those mean anything? I know what the core temps are. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough for a user's guide to the HW Monitor program. x_X
 
56C is just fine. You shouldn't worry really until you get to the mid 70's and above. Even then, it'll go up to 90+ before it starts to throttle. "Safe" though is anything 72 or lower. And like I've said earlier in the thread, I've had my 2500K up to 92C before with the stock HSF, and it's none the worse for wear. Maybe its lifespan is shortened by like a month (when it'll still last for many years)...
 

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I've never had a computer go above 45 degrees celsius so it's a little nerve racking. Plus I'm a girl and non one ever takes me seriously when I try to talk about my computer and potential issues.
 


LOL, I can understand how frustrating that must be. But seriously, it's hard to kill a CPU by high temps alone. They're made very well and can take a beating. Now, what CAN kill a CPU quickly is high Vcore, but since you're not OC'ing, you won't have to worry about that.
 

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Vcore?