I've got a 3.46 ghz celeron D mounted on a intel d946gzis motherboard. I scrapped off all thermal paste from the heatsink (there was none on the processor) and put a fresh paste on. I had a Celeron D 2.66 in before this and it seemed to run cool. This process is running at 68-70 C. My heatsink is flat on the processor and I know i didn't overpaste / underpast with the thermal gel. Any idea's on why its running so hot?
Pentium 4s and Pentium 4 based Celerons over 3.0Ghz run hot. The closer to 4ghz it is, the hotter it will get. That's just the way it is. You can't expect the CPU cooler you had on your 2.66GHz Celeron D to also cool your 3.46 GHz chip. You will need a better cooler than the puny stock one if you want lower temps.
Thanks for the input all. You don't have to tell me about the celeron d's performance. I was gifted the motherboard with a 2.66 ghz celeron d, I gave a guy 20 bucks for the 3.46 til I get money together for a Q6600 which I'm 100% sure works with the MB even though it doesn't say so on that intel page. The problem is the e6700 and the q6600 are relics now and to buy them online new (to be safe they weren't raped and pillaged with overclocking) your looking at 200 bucks.
Thats obviously a stupid investment. If you guys know where i can get either a e6700 or a q6600 for cheap let me know.
You can probably get such a CPU used over on eBay. The Q6600 is in demand ever there since people with older motherboards may have limited CPU options, but the Q6600 overclocked is still a good performer. Of course, the dual core E6600 and E6700 run for considerably less. If your board has decent overclocking capability you should get some good extra performance out of either chip.
I still say get a good CPU cooler, preferably something you could potentially use in your next build. Even if you aren't going to overclock the 3.46 Celeron D (which isn't too bad as far as Celerons go) good cooling will make sure it won't die anytime soon . Also, you'll have a good CPU cooler when you finally do save enough money for a CPU upgrade to help you overclock said CPU.
I understand the intel page doesn't say it supports the Q6600 or 6700, but i'm telling you it works. Google it. I'm def going Athlon when I get some more dough, but it'll be for a different build. Any suggestions for cheap, but good 775 cooler?
I picked up a q6600. I'm going to take some screen shots in bios for all the haters. Thanks for the heatsink suggestions, my case as space to work with, but I'm hoping to pick up a heatsink that mounts on the board without having to remove it and place brackets.
Well yes I have had a couple - the last one is in one of the kids machines.
Simply change the FSB from 266 (1066) to 333 (1333) and leave the multiplier at 9.
266 X 9 = 2.4Ghz (Stock)
333 X 9 = 3.06Ghz (mild overclock)
This should be more than sufficient and give you a stable result - possibly without raising the core voltage if the case has good airflow and the HSF is wel mounted.
I checked an aftermarket heatpipe cooler on mine for a bit of extra cooling headroom when we game heavily.
The G0 stepping cpu's were all quite good and this overclock was very common.
Pushing these past 3.4 often requires a bit more voltage and you end up with diminishing returns - cooling issues / power consumption ... chasing a water cooling system for a few FPS ... and stability problems.
Frankly pushing the cpu past 3Ghz without having really high end graphics is debatable - the graphics will likely be placed under more demand than the cpu.
I speak only in terms of getting a good all round result - not clocking everything to the redline.
At the end of the day I like something that is reliable ... as I am sure most do.