I recently upgraded to an AMD phenom II x4 965 125w and I noticed the fan runs VERY loudly when playing games so I installed SpeedFan and saw that it was running at 6500 rpm and my cpu temp was at 54 celcius just after 10 mins of GTA IV play - and the max temperature it should be at is 62 degrees.
What do you guys think? Should I install a water cooling system or get a better fan? Not sure what to do right now and I'm on a student's budget!
Bang for your buck, get an aftermarket air cooler. Watercooling is more expensive than it's worth if you aren't doing some pretty extreme OCing - if you can afford it tho then might as well, I guess. http://products.amd.com/en-na/DesktopCPUDetail.aspx?id=... shows max temp of 62C...
It might just need to be remounted, but still, an aftermarket cooler makes a huge difference over stock and they're not very expensive.
whats your room temperature and what case do u use? GTA IV is a cpu maniac, it will stress any cpu to its limits. u can get a nice cheap heatsink like cooler master 212+ or Arctic Cooling Freezer 64.
I've just got one of those cheap generic cases by.. x-case? is it? It's a model of a mini cooper lol, and it has a fan on the side. I think I'll go with the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64. And just wondering - when they state that the max temperature is 62C does that mean the max temperature it'll hover around or temperature that it will start to fall to pieces?