CPU temp OK?

Pentium 4c Northwood, 3.2GHz
Intel retail box heatsink & fan

Abit AI7 mobo
Antec TruePower 380watt PSU
Antec Sonata ATX mid-tower case ("world's quitest pc case")

My CPU temp is 49-celsius
System temp is 35-celsius
PWM temp is 49-celsius
I have settings at alarm temp being 75, shutdown at 78


What do you think of this temp? Is this running too hot or just right? If too hot, what do I need to do to cool it? What is a good range to run the CPU at, and when is it too hot? What do you have set as your alarm & shutdown temps?
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  1. Temps are good.

    If you want to reduce the temps more you should use an <A HREF="http://support.intel.com/support/processors/pentium4/sb/CS-008537.htm" target="_new">Intel approved 3ghz chassis</A> which will help dramatically.

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  2. Generally anything below 60° C is acceptable for CPUs.

    My Desktop: <A HREF="http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc.html" target="_new">http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc.html</A>
    Overclocking Results: <A HREF="http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc2.html" target="_new">http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc2.html</A>
  3. Just keep that cpu temp below 60c.

    <i><font color=red>Only an overclocker can make a computer into a convectional oven.</i></font color=red>
  4. That's awful! The stock 3.2 should come with the copper-bottomed heatsink. Did it? Did it come with that crappy thermal pad or the heatsink grease square in the center? If it came with the grease square it will take a couple of days to simmer down. If you lap that heatsink and use AS-5 you will chop 5C off of those temps easy. I won't run a P4 that idles above 45C. TOO HOT DOOD! You could see 60C+ under load and that ain't a Prescott you got there!


    Abit IS7 - 2.8C @ 3.4ghz - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
    Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
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  5. His temps aren't that bad. Yes they are a little high (But still well within reason), but thats not to say his case isn't sitting in a warm room. Or what about airflow in his case? It could be a combination of things, his chip may just run a little hotter than yours.

    My Desktop: <A HREF="http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc.html" target="_new">http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc.html</A>
    Overclocking Results: <A HREF="http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc2.html" target="_new">http://Mr5oh.tripod.com/pc2.html</A>
  6. Yea, I'm running at 40C idle with a 500mhz overclock. I'd say he's a little hot! The only time I see 50C is playing Doom3. He'll just have to see if temps fall a little as the heatsink sets in. Winter's coming anyway, he'll be nice and toasty! :lol:


    Abit IS7 - 2.8C @ 3.4ghz - Mushkin PC4000 (2 X 512) - Sapphire 9800Pro - TT 420 watt Pure Power
    Samsung 120gb ATA-100 - Maxtor 40gb ATA - 100
    Sony DRU-510A - Yellowtail Merlot
  7. A lot of heat is coming from the v-regs.(PMW-49c) That board is known for it. Still a very good board. If you dont have one already, get a psu with a large, bottom fan. It will help a lot.
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