Pentium D 965 EE with EVGA 750i FTW motherboard

So I recently bought this barebones kit from Tigerdirect which included the Pentium D 965 Extreme Edition with an EVGA 750 I mobo. I know this CPU is older and what not, but does the trick for me right now.

I was just wondering about accurately measuring the temperature of the processor. I've read in some places that what I'm reading currently (approx 46c Idle and 64C on max load), may actually be -15C so 31C Idle and 49C at load? But I'm pretty clueless about this stuff, so I don't really know which is accurate. I've used Speedfan and Everest, both give the same readings.

I have 2 case fans going, which are spinning properly and ramping up properly with games and such. I've seated the HSF multiple times with Zalman STG compound just to make sure I was getting best results with that. All gave about the same temp with a thin layer of the stuff on the cpu, or on the HSF, or on both.

The HSF isn't the greatest thing, http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3302739&CatId=1588, but seems to do the job for others.

Everything else seems to be running fine, my HD is always about 37C, vid card rarely gets past 60C (GTX 260). If I need to post anything else about it, let me know.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. That CPU is known to be hot and power hungry, so I'd be surprised if you were 49C load with that cooler. 64C sounds more accurate.
  2. Hmmm I should probably buy a new HSF then. I've checked Tigerdirect would something in the 50$ range be reasonable?

    I have a midsize tower so I don't think I can fit some of those huge fans. http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/category/category_slc.asp?Lprice=50&Hprice=99.99&Nav=|c:1588|&Sort=0&Recs=10 that's everything from 50-100$.

    Anything you guys would recommend?
  3. If you don't plan to overclock, 64 should be fine. It's within the rated temperature spec.
  4. Get this:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003&Tpk=S1283
    XIGMATEK S1283
    $35

    (also get the bolt in kit for it since you have a $50 budget)

    And yes, Newegg is now in Canada :D

    This is ~ the same performance as a TRUE 120. This will also let you OC.
  5. Why are we buying a new cooler for $50? If you have $50 to spend, get a new CPU. A C2D based CPU should be faster, and use less power as well.
  6. I checked the newegg.ca website, the 5200 goes for $80. Thats only an extra $30. Considering the speed increases, not bad.
  7. 4745454b said:
    Why are we buying a new cooler for $50? If you have $50 to spend, get a new CPU. A C2D based CPU should be faster, and use less power as well.

    Good point. Still, either way OP needs a good HSF to OC the E5200 any ways.
  8. He could use the sink he has now. Its better then stock, and he should be able to hit 3GHZ+ pretty easy. Considering how much faster this would be then the heater, I mean P4 he has now, its not a bad idea.
  9. Montsegur97 said:
    So I recently bought this barebones kit from Tigerdirect which included the Pentium D 965 Extreme Edition with an EVGA 750 I mobo. I know this CPU is older and what not, but does the trick for me right now.
    .

    :heink:
  10. So I just went with the new CPU since the fans would cost almost as much to cool. This CPU is already running about 11C cooler. I'll sell of the Pentium EE on ebay and that'll be that. Now time to read up on overclocking...
  11. So your running the E5200?
  12. Yup, they had it a store here for the same price as all the online sites (actually 10$ cheaper then most canadian sites). Just did a stress test on it and it's running a whole lot cooler. I'll try reading up on overclocking later in the day since I've never done it before.
  13. Quote:
    Incorrect. I took my E5200 to 4Ghz on the stock POS cooler and temps were fine. 40C idle, 60C load


    Within thermal limits, but still too high. Also P95 2 threads?
  14. Too high? Nah - 60C load is perfectly fine (assuming that is genuinely full load with P95 smallFFT).
  15. ^ True,may be it's me, but I like to keep my CPUs under 57C (except for the i7s).
  16. Why 57? That's somewhat of a random value, especially when the thermal spec is more like 75C or so (depending on the exact model).
  17. ^The number gotta do more with noise than any thing else. Most fans to can pull it down to 57C with out getting loud. It can go lower but most fans become louder (audible fan sound). 57C is based off of the average noise of the fans I have used.
  18. Well, thanks a ton for the advice guys. Just ran Crysis on High without a hitch, good FPS, way better than what I had with the 965 EE, and my E5200 isn't even overclocked. Temps are far better too, Crysis was reaching 48C, beats the 64-66C on the Pentium D.

    Glad I didn't spend 80 bucks on a fan. Probably saving a ton on hydro too....
  19. Yep. It's amazing how much faster the Core 2 architecture is clock for clock - as you noticed, the E5200, despite running at just 2.50GHz, absolutely wipes the floor with the 3.73GHz Pentium D, all while running cooler and using less power.
  20. Thats kinda why I suggested it. Trust me, it was the correct move.
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