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How hot can a pentium 4 cpu get

Hi I have a OLD Intel desk top board M # D865GBF with a Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz it idles at 117 and runs at 163 degrees fahrenheit is that to much ? I notice a lag after the computer has been on for about 3 or 4 hours when running the Sims 3 and I don't have a clue how to get a new heat sink and fan its in a thermaltake X aser II case with 4 case fans and how do I find out what the best graphics card I can get would be right now I have a ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series is that a crap card ?? I know its a old computer but it runs circles around my 2 dells that are 1 to 2 years old . case is clean as well as the vents and fans with fresh thermal paste tho I may have used the wrong paste , I used M.G. chemicals 860 silicone heat transfer compound was that good ? any and all help is GREATLY Appreciated and thank you for your time :)
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  1. How do you get those temps....
    Here is me trying to stress the P4 to make it go hotter but it seems to fail..- http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/343015-10-make-computer-overheat

    P4s have a max temp of 110c (not sure in farenhuit)

    Assuming you have an LGA775 CPU, you can get them from most computer stores (not currys or PC world, your local computer shop), ask for LGA775 heatsinks.

    I used unbranded ceramic paste.
  2. brianintexas said:
    Hi I have a OLD Intel desk top board M # D865GBF with a Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz it idles at 117 and runs at 163 degrees fahrenheit is that to much ? I notice a lag after the computer has been on for about 3 or 4 hours when running the Sims 3 and I don't have a clue how to get a new heat sink and fan its in a thermaltake X aser II case with 4 case fans and how do I find out what the best graphics card I can get would be right now I have a ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series is that a crap card ?? I know its a old computer but it runs circles around my 2 dells that are 1 to 2 years old . case is clean as well as the vents and fans with fresh thermal paste tho I may have used the wrong paste , I used M.G. chemicals 860 silicone heat transfer compound was that good ? any and all help is GREATLY Appreciated and thank you for your time :)

    so if you idleing at 117 f thats like 45-50c and 163 f is probadly 60-75c which i probadly would say is okay but if you want it to be cooler i would get a new cpu cooler learn how to install it if you want cooler temps
  3. Hi :)

    Those temps are fine for a P4...P4s used to run massively hot, its why intel discontinued the series, as when they got to 3.6 they were almost impossible to cool...

    You will NEVER get a P4 down to temps of modern cpus...

    All the best Brett :)
  4. jay_nar2012 said:
    How do you get those temps....
    Here is me trying to stress the P4 to make it go hotter but it seems to fail..-http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/343015-10-make-computer-overheat

    P4s have a max temp of 100c (not sure in farenhuit)

    Assuming you have an LGA775 CPU, you can get them from most computer stores (not currys or PC world, your local computer shop), ask for LGA775 heatsinks.

    I used unbranded ceramic paste.



    Thanks Jay I'll see if they have it and I got the temps with speed-fan :)
  5. What model is your p4
  6. torchinq said:
    so if you idleing at 117 f thats like 45-50c and 163 f is probadly 60-75c which i probadly would say is okay but if you want it to be cooler i would get a new cpu cooler learn how to install it if you want cooler temps



    Thanks Torch I was afraid it was to much for it and I do really like the computer :)
  7. jay_nar2012 said:
    What model is your p4



    Ummmm ... idk how do I find out ? I mean it's old :/
  8. It should say on speedfan.
    Download CPU-z (GOOGLE) and it will tell you.
  9. And by the way, when the CPU reaches its max temp the computer should shutdown without warning....
  10. Brett928S2 said:
    Hi :)

    Those temps are fine for a P4...P4s used to run massively hot, its why intel discontinued the series, as when they got to 3.6 they were almost impossible to cool...

    You will NEVER get a P4 down to temps of modern cpus...

    All the best Brett :)



    Nice and thank you Brett I know nothing of this old processor and was afraid I was going to kill it from over heating , it has never shut down just if I leave a game paused for a hour then come back it's laggy to the point I have to reopen the game :/ or restart the computer.
  11. http://ark.intel.com/products/27501/Intel-Pentium-4-Processor-supporting-HT-Technology-3_20-GHz-512K-Cache-800-MHz-FSB

    This is most likely your CPU, 400MHz faster than mine....
    Yes you need a LGA775 HS for this CPU.
  12. jay_nar2012 said:
    It should say on speedfan.
    Download CPU-z (GOOGLE) and it will tell you.



    ok i got CPU-Z and it tells me lots of things so I hope this is what you ask ..

    name - intel pentium 4
    code name - prescott
    package - socket 478 mpga
    core speed - 3196.48
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  14. jay_nar2012 said:



    Thanks again Jay i have been trying to figure this out for a year now never knowing if I was killing the CPU or not , the computer shops are closed for the day but I'll find out if they have one tomorrow, Thanks again for you help :)
  15. brianintexas said:
    Thanks Torch I was afraid it was to much for it and I do really like the computer :)

    no problem glad to help :)
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