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Old 01-25-2009, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CPU Cooling. What is most advisable?

I have an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 with a cheap heatsink and fan. Most temperature monitors monitor it around 95 degress Celcius whenever it's doing anything serious.

Is this too high, even with a cheap heatsink and fan? Should I just buy a new heatsink and fan and use this CPU, or should I send this CPU back because it is defective and then buy a new heatsink and fan?
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Default Re: CPU Cooling. What is most advisable?

have you over clocked your cpu??? if yes, than the temps could soar on stock cooling...but if you have not oc'd then there might be something wrong with your chip...
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Default Re: CPU Cooling. What is most advisable?

Wohhh that's way to high, that temp may not be accurate becuase I reckon your PC would shut down opening internet explorer. Is this a BIOS temp or a core temp or real temp reading?
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It's a Speedfan Temp for the CPU cores. This is only when doing something like playing a game or something else meaningful. Normal temperatures for Core 0 and Core 1 is about 60 C - 80 C, which is still too hot.

Speedfan also gives a Temp 2, usually 60 C - 70 C, and I think it's the motherboard. The Everest temperature for the motherboard matched that Speedfan temperature.

Nah, no overclocking by the way. This is a new computer I built a few days ago. First time building.
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Speed fan is crap, use core temp or the BIOS.
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Yeah, I was meaning to figure out how to do it through the BIOS. Where is a good place to learn?
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Default Re: CPU Cooling. What is most advisable?

the bios is terrible as well.

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http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/8...eenshotpi8.jpg

This is while doing nothing on the computer.
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That's pretty warm. The stock cooler I had with my E5200 sucked monkey balls. The thing got so hot. I'm not to up to date with after market cpu coolers. I have a zalman, looks the part but it certaintly is't the best cooler.
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Default Re: CPU Cooling. What is most advisable?

The stock cooler should do a much better job than that. I would check to see that it's mounted properly (temps indicate that it's not).

Also is the fan spinning on the cpu heatsink?
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