Originally posted by dukenukem75
Well, it didn't work. The only idea I have is that the cpu is overheating and it's becoming unstable. It's running around 60degrees idle.
That's really hot for an idle temp. But you probably have a Prescott. I have seen those run in the high 80s at full load.
Try artic cooling. You can also buy cases with side vent specifically designed for Prescotts and just blow cool air through that vent to aid the CPU fan.
I have a Prescott P4 3.0 and just by doing that and having proper air inflow and outflow I'm at 38C idle...60C load. Room temp round 20-22C. Basically I just put a small sitting fan beside the vent whenever I'm gaming. If I really turn the fan on I can get it as low as 34C idle with the stock CPU fan. No other third party cooling solutions.
EDIT: Sorry I meant Artic Silver not Artic Cooling.