Recently I bought a GeForce 6800GTOC video card along with a couple of small case fans because I heard (and now know for sure) that that particular card runs very hot. Anyways, after installing the card, and the 2 small fans at the rear of my case(only slots they will fit in), I noticed that when playing a game, for example the original Half-Life, that after about 20mins of playing, if I Alt-Tab out and use AsusProbe to find out my CPU temp, it's usually as high as 61C(between 47-51C idle). It drops down very very fast to 57-58C(usually in about 2-3 seconds after launching the software, even if the game is still running).
My question is, isn't this still a little hot for an Intel P4 chip? Below are my specs.
Asus P4P800S Motherboard
450W Power Supply
1G DDR PC3200 Ram
Sound Blaster Live sound card
I would've thought that my 2 new case fans(StarTech fans by the way, not even 2 inches wide..quite small) would cool everything down a little more than it did, but it really only made a 2-4C degree difference than before I had them. The only thing I can think of now, is to replace the CPU fan. I am so fed up with trying and trying to cool my system down. It doesn't lock up on me or anything like that, but still, I hear constantly how some people's CPU temps never go over 45C even after hours of gaming.
Any help or feedback would be very much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.