I will preface this with the following comment: I am NOT overclocking this machine; it is running at its stock speed.
I have a Q6600 that seems to be overheating and I am not sure exactly why that is. I noticed some slowdown today on my system and when i checked the cpu temperature in the BIOS it said it was at 74 degrees C ! So, I turned my machine off for about half an hour and when i restarted it i went into the bios immediately to monitor the cpu temp and I saw it steadily rising from about 42 C up to almost 60 C before decided to turn it off again. I don't think this is normal seeing as how I was just idling in the BIOS!
I was wondering the following: can anyone tell me what a normal temperature range is for my cpu while idle and while under heavy load? Also, what might be the cause for this overheating?
I made this machine about a year ago and only now am I experiencing this issue, so it seems a bit odd to me.
Here is the relevant info on my machine. I have an antec 900 Case so I have plenty of fans bringing in new air and expelling old air. The cpu is a q6600 of course, and I am using the stock fan (which I was told would be fine for it and has served me well so far), and when i first installed the cpu I removed the thermal compound that came with the HS/F in favor of arctic silver (which solved previous heating issues i had on another machine). There are also 3 hard drives in that machine in case that has any relevance.
The area where I keep my tower may be a contributing factor, but honestly i'd have thought i'd see this problem sooner if that were the case. I keep it under my desk, which is in a corner. The tower itself has about 2 to 3 feet clearance from the back wall, is elevated about 6 inches off of the floor, and has about 1 to 1.5 feet clearance between it and my right wall. There is also about another 6 inches or so between the top of my case and the bottom side of my desk. I realize that I should probably move my tower but I feel for sure that this will not fully solve the problem, so any advice you can offer is immensely appreciated. Thanks
You don't think any damage could already have been done do you? I use linux and it supports throttling back clock speeds and I did receive a couple of messages from the operating system saying it was scaling back the clock speed due to temperature. I also use windows, so if you could recommend any software (on either OS) to see whether or not I may have damage done to my cpu I'd appreciate that.
By the way, thank you very much for the quick responses.
Thanks, once again I appreciate the quick response. One last question before I get started. What is the normal range of temperatures that you get at idle? And under load? I need to know so that I can judge whether or not I have solved the problem after I reattach my heatsink (provided that it is loose).
I have A q6600 G0 oc 3.6 and mine runs @ Full Load 41C, it sounds like you have a problem with your cooler on your cpu, invest in a better cooler, or maybe water cooled like i have, if you have your pc in a warm room, next depending on the case you have you may need better air flow, if you oc it you will have to adjust your volts on the bios on your board every chip is different but very close to the same vcore volts very based on chip.
Alright guys I went ahead and replaced the thermal paste that I had today and now it seems to idle around 38C when i first turn it on and it never seems to go above 61C when I play something graphically intense like portal. I just wanted to thank everyone for all their help. I couldn't have done it w/o your help, guys (and girl)!