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Understanding CPU temp


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I have ben woking allot with computers and I have not ben able to totally understand the temperature issue.
I have delt with over heating problems and know how to detect them once they happen and what to do but I dont understand what the best working temperature is or what r is best range to work in?
I happend to run an application with an error and made a loop. My CPU was at 90% for about 3hr when I detected it. I checked the temperature it was 68 C when I stopped the loop it went down to 44 in 3 min. What can I learn from this about my cooling?
I have P4 3GHZ with an air guide and a 120mm rear fan and 5mm front fan.
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I posted something very simular a few day ago. Here is a link.
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I read that thred. That is what brought up my question. Not really about my system but basicly to understand what is flying and what there is to know.
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68 is wayyyy too high. Anything above 50 and system stability might begin to suffer. Look at this website for specific cooling for CPUs: http://mondo-daemon....EADME_CPUS.html

What does this teach you about cooling? Make sure to go a good job applying the thermal paste and don't buy the cheapest fans, buy a good heatsink (around 20) and case fans.
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You ideally want your idle temp to be between 30-40C and load to be 30-50C anything over 60 is too high, by removing, cleaning and re applying new thermal material you can usually improve temperatures and a new higher quality HSF never goes wrong either.
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I have one simple rule. Keep the AMDs below 60C and Intels below 55C under load.
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mpfeif101 - Thanks for the info. I'm understanding what "normal" is but when I run games and so on the cpu is between 30-60% constant running with peeks. Then the temp is 50-55C.
This is the only time that I ran the cpu for so long at 90% .
Has any one had there proceddor running like that for over half an hour?
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