Hey peeps I need some advice. The other day I bought Splinter Cell: Chaos theory (only a tenner) and I was excited to get going. After a short time playing it just froze. I rebooted my machine and checked the temps via the bios and my CPU temp as reported by the hardware monitor in the bios was 81C. This is the first time a game has locked up on me in years, but I've noticed the diode temp slowly creeping up gradually. A few months ago it was only 73C. My vcore is 1.725 in the bios (1.75 reported by probe), it's a bit high for a low OC but it's been stable like that for years so I didn't wanna touch it. According to ASUS Probe and Speedfan, my socket temp when idle is 43C - 46C depending on room temp, and under load (playing a graphics intensive game) it's about 51C - 55C again depending on the room temp. Just sitting here idle my diode is in the 70s which is definitely not right. Graphics card temp is fine. 40C idle and less than 60 coming off a hard gaming session, so I doubt its that. The diode is what matters though, and I can't figure out why it's so much higher than my socket. It should only be in the sixties really. I took off the HSF and reseated it but it didn't do anything. I've ordered some Arctic Silver 5 (lost my other one) and some cleaning fluid, so I'm gonna give it a good clean and then reseat it again, but if that doesn't work, I dunno what else to do. It seems unusually high, only 5C away from the maximum recommended temp, that can't be good Any suggestions would be appreciated, I'm no expert by any means. Thanks in advance.