Overheating Cpu (Need tons of Help)

By xerik126x · 6 replies
Apr 17, 2006
  1. Lately when i have been playing games or converting movies for my ipod, my computer has been crashing. The screen justs freezes and i have to shut down and start all over again. My idleing temp which i think is high is 53C and it has gotten up too 103c before. I have 6 fans cooling the system and i am pretty sure it is going to get damaged if i keep running at these high temps.


    p4 3.2g
    ati radeon 9600
    1 gb DDR-SDRAM
    MSI MS-6585 mother board
    Maxtor 120 gb hard drive
    windows xp sp2

    thanks for your help
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    If those temps are accurate, there's something really wrong with the CPU fan. Is it still working? Have you checked it for dust build-up?
  3. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    yes.. do not use your computer untill you get this resolved.
    like jmmd say check the fans working and clean out dust.

    goto bios hardware monitor and confirm your idle temps from that. if still high 50s then you may need to clean off the top of your cpu with rubbing alcohol and reapply some arctic silver on it.. add more case fans if needed..
  4. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    If it really got above 100°C I don't think you have any thermal compound on the CPU at all ;)

    Do as N3051M said, buy some Arctic Silver 5 and rubbing alcohol and reseat the CPU cooler...

    Also what kind of CPU cooler do you have? The P4 CPU's require a pretty good heatsink... If you live in Scandinavia you can get the Alpha PAL8952T at a steal over at Gtek; just 95SEK or about 8$... (it retails for 40$ normally...)

    You will need to add your own fan for it however...
  5. xerik126x

    xerik126x TS Rookie Topic Starter

    after cleaning out some dust it lowered down to 55 at idle to 85 while playing games it still is high, but definatly an improvement. I have an intel heatsink with some dust in it which i think was causing the high temps. i bought some bottled air and im going to try to get the dust out. wish me luck...
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    Sounds pretty bad if that much dust has built up so quickly... Getting a dustfilter for your intake fans would be a very good idea...

    Also clean out the powersupply, oftenly most dust end up in it, and it can have more severe effects than a hot running CPU because the efficiency of a PSU decreases the hotter it get, i.e. at 25°C it might deliver 400w but at 60°C only 200w (no, that is not an exaggeration btw...)
  7. n00b

    n00b TS Rookie Posts: 39

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