Originally Posted by boomgagem
I was running Prime95 ad got an error, I checked the CPU temp using SIW.exe and it was 54°C!!
You were running Prime95.. that puts a lot of stress on your machine, making it work harder, thus producing more heat.. Check your temps without running Prime95, under load and on idle.. and use a different temperature monitoring software, such as CoreTemp. If the temps are within an acceptable range when running programs such as games and anything else you like then you are fine. If you use a blow torch on the CPU it will get hot... but if you never plan on using a blow torch on it then don't worry about what it will do if you use one on it.
Technically my temperatures are high on my non-game computer.. but I don't run many high-load applications, just basic desktop computing, so I have nothing to worry about.
Be sure your case has adequate ventilation and airflow.. that will really hurt your temps, especially if you are running a hot GPU, and or overclocking.
Also, be sure your heatsink is installed properly and tightly. It must have enough thermal paste applied to it as well. And a dumb thing I once did.. I didn't take off the plastic sticker cover on the heatsink.. better not to rush, lol :|
AMD processors have been known to run hot.. with the exception of 64s and maybe the newer models.. I'm an Intel person myself..
How long were you running Prime95? And what Error did you receive?