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My p4 temps are hot..

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by epoxy5, 15 Jan 2006.

  1. epoxy5


    Joined: 30 Jun 2004

    Posts: 244

    Well under load (playing css with bots) my P4 Northwood 478 3.2ghz reach 76 degrees celcius and this is a little hot I reckon.

    I have stock cooling and if case is approx 19 degrees it will reach those high temps.

    So I am thinking of getting a better cooler, and would like you to recommend me one?

    I would love that it would fit my Asus p4p 800e deluxe mobo, it doesn't need to be dead silent, performance is more important. Still a loooud cooler is not the best :)

    Price is not a problem and it should be air - any ideas?
  2. drunknmunky


    Joined: 4 Jul 2005

    Posts: 423

    Location: UK

    Either the Thermalright SI-120 + Akasa Amber 120


    Zalman CNPS9500
  3. epoxy5


    Joined: 30 Jun 2004

    Posts: 244


    That Zalman looks nice, I can see that it supports most cpu types I reckon that means I could still use it, if I upgrade to an AMD X2 something?

    I can see that the Fatal1ty version is more expensive, would it be better to buy that?

    Anyways thanks for the suggestion!
  4. epoxy5


    Joined: 30 Jun 2004

    Posts: 244

    Ahh Fatal1ty seems mighty loud, I'll skip that one - thanks!
  5. Mul

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Aug 2004

    Posts: 1,842

    wow 76*c for a northwood is way too high. My 3.0 Northwood never goes over 50 and thats with a little Aopen cooler in a cube case. I'd try reseating your HSF and clearing the dust out the fins first.

  6. GuruJockStrap


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 8,695

    Thats way too high even for stock cooling. Is the heatsink applied properly? Is there a load of dust build up?

    What are you using to read the temps?

    My 3GHz Northwood is inside a cramped Shuttle case with a toasty 6800GT and my absolute maximum load temps hit around 60oC.
  7. epoxy5


    Joined: 30 Jun 2004

    Posts: 244

    Hehe Guru and Mul I was thinking the same and did remove the cooler just to see what was going on.

    I can confirm that the heatsink was filled with dust and the thermal paste was so old that it was dry and cracked all over (nothing on the cpu tbh).

    So I did a good cleaning and added some new paste, and voila it went from 76 degrees to 42, while playing CSS with a lot of bots :)

    So I'll wait a little with a new cooler - but thanks for the input!