First of all, thanks for your reply philpower2 !
* I did not have Speccy or HW Monitor installed when I first used the laptop, so no, I did not check the temps with the 2 x 2 ram
* Yes, the power plan is set to balanced.
* I did not check the specs on the laptop before throwing in the 8GB.
I was under the impression that with a 64 bit OS, you could run as much ram as you wanted.
I have removed the 8GB and replaced it with a 4GB so I am now running a "legal" 6GB
If I decide to keep this laptop I will perhaps just use 1 8 GB stick.
The HW Monitor tells me that the cpu is running between 37-55 C at idle.
I am not sure why when I looked at Speccy the cpu and m-board were up at 70.
Is there a way to stress test the cpu and m-board to try and determine if I should keep this refurb or return it ?
I will, later today, run a You Tube video with 4-5 other windoews open and see what kind of temps I get.
* Thanks for that link to RKinners last comment; he was very helpful; and I will reply to that thread later today.
I remain amazed at the level of expertise here.
I live near Roanoke VA, and the local pc repair shops don't appear to be any more knowledgeable that a sales clerk at BestBuy ! =)