Wasn't sure if I should put this in H/A or Moe's, sorry in advance if I have chosen poorly
I've got an i7 2600k CPU. Yesterday, while playing DA2, I got a popup warning that the CPU was over 85 Centigrade. Using Realtemp it seems like the CPU sits around 30-40 C on the desktop, and gets up to 80-85 when in DA2. (Most other games seem a bit lower, but I haven't checked other really high-gfx ones yet. DA2 might just be really poorly optimized)
I've never fiddled with Overclocking or Overvolting (I've been under
clocking my GTX 570 very modestly). Google gave a bunch of contradictory answers on various 'clocking forums about what the real optimal temperature is, so I wanted to ask here: Is 80+ Celsius an acceptable temperature for a stock i7 2600k to run under load? I know it isn't a good
temperature, but what's the likely consequence if it keeps running that hot? If its bad, how long can
I expect to keep running it like that before it dies? I've never monitored the CPU temp before, so I dunno how hot it was running up to now.
I put the rig together about 2 years ago and have been very sloppy about maintaining it since then, so the internals are quite dusty (the case is smaller than it should be and I'm loathe to shift the massive tangle of cables around too much). I'm going out to procure a new can of compressed air to blow off the CPU fan tomorrow, but should I consider reseating the CPU itself, or applying new thermal paste or something?
Dumber question: if the CPU were
to burn itself out suddenly, would that damage any of the other internals? Should I backup the Hard Drive, or would my actual data survive?
Any advice is appreciated, thanks.