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Am I overheating?


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Chazz K

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I've recently noticed my CPU fan has been running more than usual, and seeing the temperature using Everest, when I'm idling it's going anywhere from 50-55, and when I go into a CPU heavy game (the worst offender seems to be City of Heroes) it spikes anywhere 66-70 Celsius.

My processor is an AMD Atlhon 64 X2 Dual 6400+. Ventilation isn't an issue, I have an open-sided case with plenty of fans and this hasn't happened before. I'm nervous because the official AMD specs say that the maximum temperature should be 63C, but other posts around the web have people saying that 65-70 is fine, some even saying they constantly max out at 75 or over with no problems; I was hoping to get a non-partisan opinion.

Also, I recently upgraded to the ATI Radeon HD4870, specifically this model, http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814102825 . Would that thing's extra power and heat be directly affecting the CPU? Especially since the sound card (SoundBlaster Audigy SE) is in the slot next to it, partially blocking about 1/4 or 1/3 of the fan? There's still at least half an inch or so of space between them.
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other posts around the web have people saying that 65-70 is fine

Those people probably don't post anymore, at least not from the same computer :)
As you said, max temp for your AMD is 63C, and you shouldn't be running the computer, if the temps get close to 60C.

What's your PSU wattage?
I'd also suggest reapplying thermal paste.
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The PSU is currently a 600W, but the workload is the equivalent of 800W. Would a better/reapplied thermal paste actually cause that great a temperature difference?
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but the workload is the equivalent of 800W

Did you use something like Power Supply Calculator: http://www.journeysy...ower_calculator to establish that?

Would a better/reapplied thermal paste actually cause that great a temperature difference?


Nobody will guarantee it, but it won't hurt.
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