I recently put together a system using an athlon xp 2700 thoroghbred B and an MSI K7N2 MB with the nforce2 ultra 400 chipset.
I am using the coolermaster Aero7+ for the cpu but I have noticed that the temp. averages between 51-55 degrees idle and goes a bit higher when playing games. I applied Artic Silver 5 paste and I thought that would help bring the temp down but it has not.
I have a total of 3 case fans and the case temp is 38C so it can't be that. Any suggestions as to why the cpu is running at such high temps? Any solutions to the problem? I know there are better cooling solutions but I would think the aerocool should keep it under 50.
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Don't worry about those temps, AthlonXP melts at about 126C.
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What is your room temp? Are all your case fans blowing out? You should have lower fans bringing air in, balanced with upper fans blowing out. 38 is 8 degrees higher than normal, most cases are about 10c above room temps.