Question What cpu + motherboard can I buy with £200 second hand

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James Noscoper

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I know it’s not a mega difference but I did want a new cpu and motherboard as they were getting old but now I’ve upgraded and put it all in correctly and now my cpu is running at 80-90 on idle, how can I help this, could it be the thermal paste??
 

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I know it’s not a mega difference but I did want a new cpu and motherboard as they were getting old but now I’ve upgraded and put it all in correctly and now my cpu is running at 80-90 on idle, how can I help this, could it be the thermal paste??
Just "off" thermal paste application will not lead to these temps unless you put none on at all. It sounds more like the cooler is not correctly seated or connected, I would reseat the cooler adequately and review the cooler manual to ensure all steps are covered.

cool master GX 550w bronze
How long have you had this? Problem is it's not great quality, irrelevant of wattage.
 

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But what difference does this make??
For details you can see point #1 here: https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/top-not-as-obvious-mistakes-made-when-selecting-parts-for-a-custom-pc.3510178/

Poor quality PSUs are not built for many systems we use them in, and it can often lead to instability and even damage. The problem is people think that if a PSU has enough wattage, then it's fine, when in reality, it's not just about what power is says it can deliver, but what it actually devliers, and HOW it delivers/distributes it.

The most common mistake i encounter is poor quality PSUs causing mass instability and damage in systems. The number of times I've had to tell someone "sorry, your PSU probably just took out your GPU" is pretty profound. Everyone spends a lot of money on main components, then cuts cost on the bit that ensures the safety of those components.

It is just something to be wary of. The GX is not a great PSU, it is not terrible, but it's not really appropriate for most dedicated GPU systems.
 

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