Processor is Pentium4 2.0 GHz 478 socket (L2 512 KB)
Board: Intel D845HV
Form factor: Gateway MFATXSTL ELP Performance 1500
Memory: 1.28 GB PC133 SDRAMM
Card: MSI Radeon 9550 Secondary (does this mean my board might have an integrated graphics chipset?)
Display mode: 1027 x 768 32 bit color depth.
I'm running Windows XP Home Service Pack 2. I'm also running Intel Active Monitor. This computer was given to me by a friend. It was one he had thrown together so I do not think my board is the one originally housed in 1500. As this machine has a better processor, more memory, more storage space, and a better video card than my previous tower, I re-installed an old favorite: Ghost Recon (with patch and both jungle and desert expansions).
I upped all the graphics settings to the highest level and began to play. It ran and looks better than it ever has. The only problem is Intel Active Monitor keeps telling me my Processor Zone and Sytem Zone 1 are getting too hot (they are currently at 37 and 30 degrees Celsius respectively). I did a little research to be sure the 68/50 sensor thresholds were correct for my processor type and they are. Which is to say Active Monitor isn't over reacting. My heat sink fan and system fan seem to be running fine.
Should I add another fan? Should I get a better heat sink and/or heat sink fan than I have? I don't understand how, with a better card and processor, the same old game is suddenly putting so much stress on my system. My new tower is in the same place my old one was with nothing against eaither side. Even if I try running it with one of the case sides off it still gets too hot during the game. The circular honeycomb vent on the back of the tower that normally has a fan blowing out of it does not. Could that be the simple answer? There are definitely mounting screws for a fan there.
Solutions, especially affordable ones, would be greatly appreciated. Also, let me know if you need any more information on the situation. Thanks.
Edited by PuffGussy36, 28 May 2006 - 08:48 AM.