I've noted that the "idle" processor temperature of my AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (not overclocked) is about 52 degrees C; when the processor is loaded (gaming, etc) the temperature rises to 60 degrees C. I've got the heatsink and fan that came with the processor.
Question: Is the processor running too hot?
If so, what can be done to cool it down? I've thought of removing the heatsink, cleaning the two surfaces and remounting with new thermal paste (I believe the AMD provided heatsink comes with an "adhesive thermal pad". I could also install the second fan for the system box. Any recommendations?
ASUS SK8V, AMD Athlon 64 FX-53, 1 GB ECC, 1 80GB H/D, 2 CD/DVD RW, Antec Black Sonata case, 380 W power supply with single rear cooling fan.