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Old 09-28-2004, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently upgraded my motherboard and cpu from a 2.1ghz to a 3.2ghz Prescott. The CPU came with an intel retail heat sink and fan. I was told the prescott can run pretty hot. In Bios, I have checked the temperature and it ranges from 120 degrees to 132 degrees after being on a while. My questions are,

1. Is this an acceptable temperature? What is considered dangerously hot?

2. Any simple programs XP compatible you can run to keep an eye on temperature?

3. Noise. After the system is on a while it sounds like the fans kick up a notch and this sucker is loud compared to my old board. Is this normal? My wife said it sounds like her hair dryer on low speed.

I currently only have the dual fan 500Watt PSU and the CPU fan in the case. My vid card has it's own fan. I do have two extra CPU case fans I could hook up but I know they would probably add more noise

That's it, any input would be appreciated.

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Old 09-28-2004, 02:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. I'm assusming by 120-132 degrees, you mean in Fareinheit. That is roughly what mine runs at. It's about 40-55 Celsius. That won't fry your CPU, but it wouldn't hurt to upgrade your heatsink and fan, if it is currently the stock heatsink and fan. Hot is 70 Celcius, that's like 158 Fareinheit, and if you wanna know the Kelvin conversion (which you probably don't) it's 431 degrees.

2. My mobo came with a temp monitor called "Asus Probe" on the driver CD. For you, here is one: www.podien.de OR this one: http://www.tweakpc.com/Cpu.htm

3. Mine starts getting louder after a while to. I have no clue as to whether it's normal or not. To minimize noise, you could try a couple of fan silencers. You can get them here: http://www.frozencpu.com/cgi-bin/fro...nu_search.html

Glad I could help! =)

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Old 09-28-2004, 03:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the information, Regulus! It's just what I needed to know
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