I just built my machine yester day. It seems to keep a constant reading in the 50's Celsius. I am using the stock heat sink and fan that came with it and I dabed some thermal grease on there cause I didn't like the little pad.
Anyone that has any thoughts on a better heat sink or the temp let me know!
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The temp is a little higher than I would like. Athlons are rated to work at up to 60C...but you could still get the temperature lower.
I myself never use the stock HSF on a CPU. My current Athlon 1.33GHz is cooled by a GlobalWin FOP32-I and stays at 41C idle, 46C full load.
Possibly stupid question here: did you actually remove the pad when you put on the thermal grease? If not, the thermal grease just makes matters worse.
About how thick a layer of thermal grease did you put on there? Thermal grease works best if it's just a paper-thin layer on your CPU. Much more than that, and it becomes an insulator, making the whole shebang work even worse than no with grease at all.
What is your ambient case temperature? Mine is about 23C.
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