Okay guys I have been doing loads of looking into, and i am a little stumped.
When I am generally using my computer, with desktop applications - e.g. steam, firefox with a few tabs, xfire - with the CPU idling around 39c (checked with speedfan) the CPUs heatsink seems to whirr up occasionally, then after a minute or so, whir back down.
Now normally this wouldn’t be a problem, but the noise is VERY noticeable - its the type of sound I would expect from the fan when playing games, not simply using standards apps on the desktop.
Now I cant pinpoint how long this has been happening for, but I have noticed it recently - and I rewired my case, cleaned it out of dust, checked the bios, ran AVG virus scans, and CCleaner registry cleans - and well everything seems dandy.
Exept this keeps persisting.
Now I am not sure if I might need a new heatsink, a new PSU, or a new motherboard (if the temperature gauge just happens to be busted), but does anyone have a rough idea what it could be?
Please, let it be software, or something simple
Anyway the important bits of my specs are:
Q6600 @ stock 2.4
Windows XP @ service pack 3.
Although it sounds pathetic, any help or advice would be appreciated.
I really am not sure what to do, and on the verge of buying a new heatsink and thermalpaste - and reformatting.