CPU Overheating

By DarkWolf29805
Oct 30, 2005
  1. Ok first let me tell you what I have
    P4 3.0E Prescott core
    ASUS P4P800S-X
    Radeon 9600xt
    WD 120 SATA
    SB Audigy2
    Kingston DDR400 1 GIG Ram

    Ok with that being said. I have had some trouble with my CPU running hot. 81 C
    So I upgraded my cooling to the Thermaltake Silent Tower CL-P0025
    and my Video card cooler to the CoolMaster VHC-L61

    My CPU still runs 52 C which is to hot. Can anyone tell me what I need to do to fix this problem. Intel says that the Prscott can safely run at 90 C but My Mobo shut my system off when it hits 81 C I just biult this system in Feb. I have 8 case fans in my system as well. Please Help.
  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Hello! Welcome to TechSpot!

    Is this P4 3.0E Prescott core stock settings or oc?
    "My CPU still runs 52°c which is to hot." fasle
    Is this under load or idle temps?
    60°c is average for stable system any cpu make.
    81°c shut down seems a good place too.
  3. DarkWolf29805

    DarkWolf29805 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That temp is at idle. I say it is to hot because it used to run at 30- 35. I had it oc to 3.3 but now it back to stock 3.0 and running at 51
  4. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    OC'ing generally requires going to the next level of cooling.
    I do not trust heat pipe systems and us a themaltake big water sys
    on my p4 2.4 @ 2.88 20%+. As I learn more about oc'ing, I see
    that 25% increase with stability, is a good target.

    stability = prime95 torture test for minimum of 6 hours.

    You might even want to run prime 95 on your stock settings and watch your

    In all, how has your system been performing @ these different temps?
    I use everest to monitor temps
  5. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    What PSU do you have?
  6. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +7

    with only a 0.3MHz overclock, you shouldn't even notice a difference in temps, even if you do, it shouldn't be anything to worry about.

    50°C~60°C is normal temps, when you say it was running in the 30°C range, what have you physically changed (not soft, like OC'ing) since then that your temps almost doubled?? have you removed the HSF??
  7. DarkWolf29805

    DarkWolf29805 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have not changed anything. I know my video card went bad. The fan quit on it. I am waiting for my replacement now.I play alot of BF2 thats what I was doing when it started acting up. I am hoping once my new card gets here it will get better. I am using a S3 ViRGE right now just to be able to get online. I changed the heatsink and fan to the one listed above after the problem arose. I was using factory cooling prior to that.
  8. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +7

    but you didn't remove the HSF prior to the temp change?

    either way, I would remove it again, clean both the CPU and HSF with isopropyl alcohol, let them dry, apply thermal paste/grease, and re-seat it

    *everybody always says use arctic silver, I use generic white grease and my temps are always below 45°C even under full load with stock cooling (and i'm overclocked from 1.8GHz stock to 2.5GHz stable)
  9. DarkWolf29805

    DarkWolf29805 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I cleaned the surfaces when i installed the after market cooler. it loweredd the temp by 5 c before install it was running at 60 to 65 c on factory cooling. I think my vidcard was the cause. It should be here today so I will update after install.
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