is my CPU too HOT when gaming?

Hi, I have a 8800 GT OC2, and I am running Call of Duty 4, When i am gaming my tempeature of my cpu is 70~76 celcius, I think its very too hot, but the guy at the computer store say thats my computer can support 80~90 degres, and that my computer will not blow-up.. if is it too hot, its will shutdown before.
But i think my performance is reduce cause of the temperature inside.. what do you think, and suggest?


CPU Type Intel Pentium 4 540, 3200 MHz (16 x 200)
Motherboard Name Asus P5AD2 Deluxe (3 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
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  1. Despite what the people from the store say, I think anything over 70 is starting to get in the danger zone. Also, yes, your BIOS will shut the computer down if it gets to hot (you can also adjust this temperature).

    You can try an aftermarket cooler on it with some decent thermal compound. That should help a bit.
  2. What should i buy? to reduce the temp
  3. put your computer in the fridge or the freezer, it does miracles.
  4. Like i have a fridge.. in my room
  5. Yeah, put in the fridge so it sweats and shorts everything. I think he's on to something!

    Seriously though, you can try an Arctic Cooler 7 - It's a great cooler and doesn't cost very much. For thermal compound... try Shin Etsu or Arctic Silver 5. (Shin Etsu is apparently better, but I don't know much of a difference it will make)
  6. Quote:
    Hi, I have a 8800 GT OC2, and I am running Call of Duty 4, When i am gaming my tempeature of my cpu is 70~76 celcius, I think its very too hot, but the guy at the computer store say thats my computer can support 80~90 degres, and that my computer will not blow-up.. if is it too hot, its will shutdown before.
    But i think my performance is reduce cause of the temperature inside.. what do you think, and suggest?


    I realize your posting says CPU too HOT...but since you mention your video card and not much about your CPU, makes me wonder did you mean your GPU a.k.a. your 8800gt?

    If so, 70-76C is quite normal for a 8800 series nVidia card.

    70-76C is getting close to certain death for that P4 540...
  7. No. My GPU is less then 76 celcius
  8. Are you talking about your CPU or your GPU when you mention your temperature?

    For a 8800 GT OC2 76 degrees is actually quite OK (GPU). You could still download RivaTuner and ramp up the fan to lower the temp though.

    For your CPU 76 degrees is above the 'official' limit of 69.1 or 73.2 C depending on what model you have. Have a look here: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/143/6

    So if you're overclocking I'd get another cooling sink to lower those temps. If not, I'd look at getting another or a bigger case fan (or fans).
  9. Wow...158-170F...that's mighty warm for a CPU...maybe your CPU heatsink isn't seated all the way??
  10. It isnt that deadly though they can take a llot more itll be fine unless you want to keep it for a few years.

    Might lose some performance with those temps though.


    I agree with everyone else though if it was me id get better cooling for it.
  11. ok, after the lame put it in the fridge joke ...

    yeah you could use some extra xooling, but check your cpu and heatsink first.
    my laptop got pretty hot too but it was because the vents were full of lint ... clering everything and putting new thermal paste solved it.
  12. I wouldn't worry. The 540's are pres"hots", based on "Heat"burst technology. They run very hot.
  13. I have heard of many people(slightly computer illiterate people) running their prescotts at up to 90C for years without realizing it, so they can take some major abuse.
    However you really should get a better cpu cooler. I had a p4 530 running at 4Ghz and it barely reached 67C with prime 95 running for a few hours.
    I used a Thermaltake big typhoon cooler, and a friend of mine currently has my old cpu now running at same temps with a Rosewill RCX-Z775-EX 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler, I really recommend it.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835200026
  14. Get any one of these if possible:
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
    If going for less than $26, try this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118112
  15. u need after market cooler. ur cpu is screaming with heat.
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