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October 5, 2013 12:25:01 PM

I have just downloaded and installed Speedfan and after starting the program it is stating that my Pentium D 915 2.80Ghz CPU temperature is varying between 73 &74 C with a picture of a flame next to it. The reason that this concerns me is that when i installed the program last year the temperature was between 60-61. Is this temperature too high and could this lead to any damage or lower lifespan of the CPU??

If this helps these are my PC Specs:
CPU: Pentium D 915 2.80Ghz
R.A.M: 3GB
Graphics Card: Nvidia 8400GS
Motherboard: Dell 0WG864

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October 5, 2013 12:35:40 PM

Those things are space heaters anyway, but that is a tad high if not under load. The desktop I gave my sister was running a PD 945 ( 3.4 Ghz ) and at idle it was at 48c to 50c. If gaming it would get to those temps you got. You also may want to diuble check the temps with another app such as HW Monitor. Check and mak sure there is no dust build up in the fins of the heat sink over the processor and thet the fan is working properly. If you have an air flow issue through the case, that could be an issue. You also may want to clean off the old Thermal compound ( using 70% rubbing alcohol ) and reapply some fresh Stuff.
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October 5, 2013 12:45:45 PM

coastie65 said:
Those things are space heaters anyway, but that is a tad high if not under load. The desktop I gave my sister was running a PD 945 ( 3.4 Ghz ) and at idle it was at 48c to 50c. If gaming it would get to those temps you got. You also may want to diuble check the temps with another app such as HW Monitor. Check and mak sure there is no dust build up in the fins of the heat sink over the processor and thet the fan is working properly. If you have an air flow issue through the case, that could be an issue. You also may want to clean off the old Thermal compound ( using 70% rubbing alcohol ) and reapply some fresh Stuff.


Sorry I have just double checked and in Speedfan the temperature is reading 74C for the GPU not the CPU and in HW Monitor the 74C is reading for my GeForce 8400GS and there is an assembly temperature of 39C so what does this mean?
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October 5, 2013 1:08:28 PM

The assembly temp is fine, but maybe a little high, as I think that is the internal temp. The GPU temp is too high, but not critical. At present, my GTX 680 is sitting at 43c. Everything is a bit elevated as the ambient temp in this corner is very warm ( some 80+ degrees ). You can blow out your Video card around the fan ( use a pencil or something to keep the fan from spinning ).
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October 5, 2013 1:36:06 PM

You need to Open Task Manager and terminate (End Task) all useless applications that suck up more than 5% of your CPU each.Dont terminate any system processes (Though you will get a warning) . I hope this will cool your computer.

Use Intel Desktop Utilities or similar INTEL software to monitor CPU.
And also since its a slight old CPU,its TDP is high and so its naturally a bit like a Steam Iron.

For the GPU,if you have a Hidden Fan/Fanless/Quiet/Low Profile GPU,remove all dust.
If you keep your GPU running at 72degrees,it is not proper.(Though NVIDIA has a max. range of 105degrees)

Try to keep an AC vent beside the PC or remove one side of the cabinet cover.
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October 5, 2013 1:49:35 PM

Is this a Home Build or prebuilt computer? If Prebuilt, which I suspect, it is a Mini tower? If it is a prebuilt mini tower, air flow is going to be rather restricted anyway. As a rule they only had a 60mm Exhaust fan and some vents on the side. You can try and tie some of the wires out of the way which may help air flow some.
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