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December 30, 2010 7:53:09 AM

Hi
Just Wondering about my CPU temps.
I have an AMD Phenom II X4 970@3.50GHZ
Stock Cooler
My Temps are:
36-40C Idle
50-54C After 45mins on FSX
60-65 under heavy multitasking:Video Editing, Video Converting, Internet, Fraps and HWMonitor All at same time.
Is this Good, Bad or OK?

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December 30, 2010 8:02:40 AM

Well, the cooler isn't the greatest but those temps seem a little high to me. You should be idling around 30-35 and prolly 45 load and 50C max. You really shouldn't be running that CPU above 60C, I'd stop doing that ASAP.

If you are certain you've seated the heatsink properly and if using your own thermal grease and confidant that is not an issue, I would start looking at other system temps. I would take a hard look at case cooling as well.
December 30, 2010 8:53:35 AM

If im running it at 3.5ghz-no overclock- with a stock cooler, and its hot, do i need a new cooler?
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December 30, 2010 8:54:48 AM

oh, my gpu HD5670- idles at 31C, and under heavy graphics load(FSX on Full settings) it hits 50C now and then
December 30, 2010 9:52:07 AM

Your GPU is fine, but if your hitting 65 with no overclock i would recommend a new cooler.
I find the stock AMD cooler to be great with the right thermal paste (but if your case doesn't have good air flow then its a bit of a tight spot)
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December 30, 2010 10:17:51 AM

yeah definitely chuck a new cooler on that chip!
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December 30, 2010 10:21:10 AM

Flightsimluke said:
oh, my gpu HD5670- idles at 31C, and under heavy graphics load(FSX on Full settings) it hits 50C now and then


Hey Luke,
The video card looks good so it is getting air flow. The CPU is basically already overclocked from a X4 955. I would expect it to run a bit hotter, but I would also expect AMD to have a better cooler for it.
Regardless, if you feel everything is in working order and you have good case airflow then I do recommend before loading your machine further you should look at an aftermarket cooler. I should caution you that it is easy to overlook something and install a heat sink incorrectly and often people use too much thermal material which can cause overheating. I would first remove your heat sink and ensure you are seated correctly and have an even, thin layer of TIM across the CPU heatspreader.

The cheapest cooler I can recommend is the Arctic freezer 7 pro rev 2 for AM3 @ $20. However for $10 more you can get a vastly superior Coolermaster Hyper 212 +.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This would definitely give you headroom for an overclock if you so desire.
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December 30, 2010 11:06:06 AM

+1 for the 212+

Im running a V8 on my 965 (similar cooling performance) and would definitely spend the extra 10 bucks on it!

Very much worth it!
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December 30, 2010 11:32:09 AM

What be the volts?

Drop it back -0.125v and see how that helps yer temps at load.
December 30, 2010 2:19:31 PM

ive been looking at the Coolermaster Hyper 212. Somehow, i also think it might be a case issue, as i have a Case that came with a stock Compaq CQ5222 PC. That only has one 92mm led fan.
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December 30, 2010 7:34:59 PM

Flightsimluke said:
ive been looking at the Coolermaster Hyper 212. Somehow, i also think it might be a case issue, as i have a Case that came with a stock Compaq CQ5222 PC. That only has one 92mm led fan.


Ok now were getn somewhere. Is the 92mm fan an intake? Where is it located? Are there other locations for adding fans? Its an LED fan, is it a side panel fan?
I can tell you right now your case has terrible ventilation. I am not surprised one bit about your CPU temps.
You've got a powerful quad core gaming CPU running at 3.5Ghz. You are going to need adequate airflow for this beast.

Please let me know about the stuff I asked above and I can help correct your situation. :) 
December 31, 2010 7:32:01 AM

Ive had an idea. My PC came with a 17CFM 92mm Rear fan. I replaced that with a 45CFM Led Exaust fan at the rear. There is some meshing on the side of my case, i was going to put my led fan there as intake, and my stock fan as exaust. Is that a good idea?
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December 31, 2010 8:10:22 AM

Doesn't hurt to try!
December 31, 2010 3:43:53 PM

mmm, but my dad refuses to let me try. Cant wait till im 18!
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December 31, 2010 8:05:38 PM

Flightsimluke said:
mmm, but my dad refuses to let me try. Cant wait till im 18!

Ahahaha trust me parents don't let go when you turn 18!! Personal experience... :pfff:  Turned 18 couple months ago...

Now I would advice that you do it when your dad is not home, and just don't tell him about it, but that is probably against forum rules in one way or another, so hereby I am not telling you that you should do it when you dad is not home and then not tell him about it! :sarcastic: 

Happy new year!!

Cheerz! :sol: 
January 1, 2011 12:00:44 PM

Thanks, And a very happy new year to everyone!!!!
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