Hey everyone, this is my first post here, this looks to be a great community so far!
Alright, so I bought this computer about 6 months ago and lately I noticed it seems to be getting louder and louder. I ran asus pc-probe and it is telling me my CPU is running at 96 degrees! Last time I checked (about a month ago) it was steady at 51 degrees.
So it seems like I need a new fan. I would like my pc to be as quiet as possible, so I was hoping someone might be able to make some reccomendations.
My current specs are:
Intel Pentium D 830 3.0GHz EMT64 XD Dual Core 2x1MB Cache 800FSB
Antec Sonata II Quiet Case (only has 1 fan in it)
Antex Sonata II 430 watt quiet Power supply
Kingston 2x 1gb DDR2 4200
Asus P5LD2 Deluxe motherboard (no fans, quiet)
Gigabyte radeon x700 pro 256mb ddr (no fans, quiet)
1x maxtor diamondmax 10 200 gb sata hd
2x maxtor diamondmax 10 160 gb sata hd
Mobo temp: 31 degrees
I am looking to spend under $100 if possible, and watercooling would be nice (is it really worth it? is it quieter) but somehow I dont think I'll be able to afford it.
I'm assuing that it's running at 97F not 97C right? Intel CPU's tend to run a little hot thanks to netburst. The temps you're reading are in the normal range for your CPU. I'm running a Pentuin 820 which is supposed to run cooler than the 830 and my current idle temp is 98 Degrees. This is with four fans in my system. I do recomend that you install another couple of fans in your system (one intake in the front and exaust in the rear if your case supports it). Also, upgrade the CPU fan with maybe a thermaltake fan. They cool better and are quieter. Their website whould have all the info. http://www.thermaltake.com/index.asp
It sounds like the CPU and heatsink are not making good thermal contact, if the fan is working ok.
Try removing the heatsink and cleaning the surface of the heatsink and CPU. Then reapply some thermal compound.
try this one, zalman CNPS9500 LED. it costs 50 euro's, you barely hear it, it cools more than perfect. the only thing you should check, is that it's compatible with your cpu/motherboard/socket. I use it myself and i overclocked my amd 3500+ from 2200 Mhz to 2640 Mhz without any problems
I don't know how it would lose contact so easily; unless the mother of a heat Pentium Ds dissipate melted the thermal grease away, I somehow doubt that it indeed lost contact. Maybe thermal sensor has gone out of the wazoo; wouldn't hurt to check.
CNPS9500 is nice, but it's 65 dollar-ish; that's rather expensive. I suggest getting a Scythe Ninja and a decent fan with a pretty good airflow. Noise doesn't seem to be your primary concern, so stuff from Vantec or Thermaltake might fit your bill perfectly to match the Ninja.
If Ninja's a bit iffy, XP120 or SI120 from Thermalright as well as Thermaltake Big Typhoon should work well. Make sure to have good contact between CPU and heatsink with thermal grease though; I don't think it hurts to over-emphasize.
I have same problem with my prescott 3.2. I was looking for something under $100 too. This is what i found.
ThermalRight si-120 - $44.75 + $6 ups shipping @ jab-tec.com
ThermalRight xp-90 - $27.95 + $6 ups shipping @ jab-tec.com
Heat sinks only, fan + thermal compound = extra $
Evercool EC-WC-202 Water Cooler Kit - $84.00 + free standard shipping
If you want quiet set xp-90 is not what you want. EC-WC-202 has additional gpu water block for your graphic card. I don't know which is better. Si-120 or Evercool. I can't find any benchmark of air vs cheap water.
Maybe some one with expierience can tell me which one cools better.