it could be some voltage settings... more voltage = more heat. If you're idling hot updated chipset drives can sometimes fix whatever it is that's got the voltage wrong, or less optimized. All this is crap you already know, it's just a pain trying to find the fix specific to your build.
Noctuna makes some nice coolers!
Yep, you're pretty spot on. From my research, the high temps are within spec. If I'm understanding everything correctly, voltages are high in order to reach certain frequencies and Zen 2 7nm chips being so small get hot even faster than bigger dies (I've seen my temps go from 30 degrees to almost 60 degrees in less than a second.)
I ended up buying and installing a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition. I would have loved to have gotten a Noctua but they're almost double the price. If I upgrade to a 3950X, I'll definitely be getting one though.
My fiancé has been using a half-broken laptop for a year, so I convinced her that a solid gaming laptop was a good idea. We decided on getting her an Asus Tuf with a Ryzen proc and GTX 1650 graphics card. Of course, the condition was that I would get to borrow it sometimes.
Speaking of this... I'm really hoping to build a new pc next year. I bought a Dell G15 about 1-1.5 years ago to tide me over. I highly recommend the laptop … it's one of the best deals out there for Gaming laptops. It's a tad larger, but keeps cool under most circumstances. High intensity gaming... just make sure you're playing on a table tap to not roast the nuggets I've had the PC itch for a long time... but my 5 year old build still plays pretty much everything at max settings at 1080p. I just haven't had a good excuse to build... that and I really didn't want to spend the money again.
Prices are very good right now. AMD is basically competing with themselves and their last generation chips are almost half off brand new right now. I was debating hard on whether to get a Ryzen 5 2600 for $115 vs the 3600 but I went with the newer part. The 2600 is still a great CPU today.
You should check out some PC build videos. You can get plenty of bang for your buck.
I don't do any gaming on a PC. It is just not my thing. I have been pretty content with my Mac mini and Macbook pro 2012. These serve my needs of word processing, net surfing, drawing with krita or PS, photo editing, working out my budget, just lite weight stuff.
The great thing about AMD chips right now is that they're not just good for gaming but are beasts for productivity. If you plan to upgrade in the future, you'll fine plenty of good deals on some of these chips years down the line and they would serve you extremely well.