Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works

cooling advice

  • Please log in to reply



    New Member

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
I just bought a new PC and it constantly overheats, for example when I play a game it can quit and Intel Desktop Utility tells me that the its an overheating problem. I dont have any coolers installed, so i am asking you people to please help me and say what is the best solution for me to do? Meaning what should i buy, like which cooler or maybe fan?
My PC:
Antec Sonata Piano Black 380w(77010)
INTEL 915GAGL,MATX,800FSB,USB 2.0,S-ATA/150,5.1 Audio,10/100LAN
3,6 GHZ P4 1024Kb cache 800MHz FSB HyperThreading
1024 MB 2KPL 512Mb Kingston PC-3200 DDRAM
200 GB, S-ATA/150 7200RPM/8Mb

Thank you so much for your help and time!!!
  • 0





  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 608 posts
do you have any place on your case to add case fan side,top,front back?
  • 0




  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 46 posts
I have the same case, but AMD system. Your P4 system is much higher spec than mine, at least processor wise. I have the same amount of RAM, and less advanced graphics card. I did not experience an overheating problem until I reapplied my thermal compound that goes inbetween the processor and the heatsink and fan. Mine never shuts down, only the temp is a little higher than usual.

You may want to put a new fan on the front of the hard drive rack, there can be another 120mm fan in addition to the Antec fan that came with the case. I bought a Vantec Stealth 120mm, and it cools the system down more. Yes, there is a place to put another 120mm fan in that case, just look for the holes on the hard drive rack side that is facing the motherboard.

Also, changing to a new heatsink and fan for your processor maybe a good idea. Usually stock heatsink and fan that comes with the processor don't work all that well. Buy a Zalman heatsink and fan, it will cool it down more.

Again, I don't know what specs you running when you are playing games, but it sounds like it's definitely too hot. You need to cool it down before permanent damage to the processor. Oh, P4 processor should actually run cooler than AMD:)

Good Luck

  • 0

Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP