Those temps do seem a little high - but I would expect some stability issues to appear, especially at 74C, so I'm wondering if those temps are being reported correctly. What are you using to check those temperatures? Try comparing a couple of different programs (e.g. MBM5, Sandra) and the BIOS readings, to see if they all agree. (MBM5 reports complete crap on my system)
The OC example won't make <b>that much</b> difference, as the total clock speed is similar.
$hit Happens. I just wish it would happen to someone else for a change.
I use mbm5 to monitor the temperature. And I think the temperature it gave me is correct because when I reboot and go in the bios, it says 59-60C, which is pretty close of what mbm5 give me in idle.
I will try sandra though.
And I have open my case and touch my heatsink when the cpu is at 60C. It is a little hot, but not that much. I can keep my finger on the side of the heatsink for as long as I want. It doesn't hurt.
Here is all my spec:
Asus A7n8x NForce2
1x512 corsair DDDR400 at 5-2-2-2T
ATI AIW 9700Pro
Antec TRUE 430W
LG dvd 16x
WD 80 gig
One system I assembled with XP 1800+ with the AMD supplied heatsink and fan crosses 90c when playing quake 3.After reassembled it is now working at 70 normally and crosses 80 when playing games.A good heatsink or thermal paste is not available in the market here(Chennai,India).You are a lucky man!!!!!!!!!