A Core i7 CPU Cooling Question
Last year, I went out and bought a Core i7 920 CPU, and a neat little Shuttle case to slap it in. Save for some early troubles with the RAM, everything's been pretty much gravy. But I'm wondering, you see, I noticed recently that my CPU was humming along at low loads around 55C. Being that I actually had a previous processor go south on me due to overheating, I did some research, and was pleased to find out that 55C isn't way out of bounds for a i7, but it's still a bit higher than where i'd prefer, and what some others seem to report (<50C).
I have become concerned, primarily, because i've noticed it spiking up recently into the 75C+ area when doing even 30-40% loads, which obviously, makes me a sad panda.
Two things though. I've pretty much been keeping a casual eye on my CPU temp since I got this machine, and its lows when idling and websurfing (around 55C) have always been such. And I do my damndest to keep it clean, even though the room i'm in is a dust disaster (not to mention the ambient temperature isn't exactly chilly). I recently gave her a CPU stress test with HeavyLoad, and while it certainly went high (85C) it pretty much held there at 100% of CPU usage.
Really, i'm just wondering if I should be concerned? I haven't had any real troubles to speak of with the machine, other than ones of my own unfortunate doing. Should I just accept things as they are, or am I setting myself up for (another) catastrophic failure?