I've recently bought a new computer not prebuild, but custom build (not everything). Now I read about temperatures somewhere, and I was wondering if these are acceptable temperatures:
Motherboard 30 °C (86 °F) CPU 54 °C (129 °F) Aux 31 °C (88 °F) GPU 40 °C (104 °F) GPU Ambient 36 °C (97 °F) WDC WD800JD-98LSA0 22 °C (72 °F)
Cooling Fans: CPU 1955 RPM
This is when Idle. Specs are below:
Win XP Proffesional, SP 2
Intel 3.4GHz Prescott Processor. Intel Avalon D915GAV Sapphire Radeon X800 256MB 1GB of DDR SDRAM (PC3200) 80 GB WD SATA Harddisk
The guys at the store told me that this hardware can become hot, and told me to buy a Zalman cooling fan aswell. I think it's 120MM and I think it's blowing at the CPU. (I dont know a lot about the computers inside) I decided to buy it.
Now some questions:
- Are those idle temperatures acceptable? I think 54C is a lot but I'm no expert.
- The temperatures increase quite a lot when playing Farcry at full graphics and I dont want to risk something burning.
- The guys at the shop said my hard disk was SATA, but Everest says its ATA. Is there a big difference between the two? And is there a way I can check it?
- Isnt the zalman fan supposed to be silent? Or is it loud because of the high temperatures.
I was going to ask some more questions but I forgot some... :( Thanks for the help!
7th August 2004
I would say that most of the temps are alright
The board temperature looks okay, but that CPU looks a little warm. Best to play it safe with temperatures, if you have an opportunity to make your system cooler go for it. My PC (specs in sig) has four casefans, and my motherboard temperature rarely goes over 28 degrees, and the CPU runs steadily at 35-40. In my opinion, that Zalman would be a wise investment, extra cooling is never a bad thing.
Oh sorry if i didn't make it clear, I've already got the Zalman! Is it normal for the CPU's temp. to go much higher than that? Because i think ti does when i play very graphic intense games.
7th December 2003
54 is not too high. Rather normal for such a fast PC. If it reaches about 60-70 degrees during full load you should consider getting a fan. Above 70 is not acceptable.
As for fan-noises, here is a page which compares different fans. It is in German, but you will see that Lautstärke means noise and Abmessungen dimensions: http://www.alternate.de/html/shop/productListing4C.html?cat1=020&cat2=999&cat3=017&treeName=HARDWARE&Level1=Cooling&Level2=Geh%E4usel%26uuml%3Bfter&Level3=Standard&
As for your HDD: here is an article which explains the difference between ATA and SATA. SATA is of course better, but also more expensive: http://geeks.com/pix/techtips-010605.htm
wikiwakkaOh sorry if i didn't make it clear, I've already got the Zalman! Is it normal for the CPU's temp. to go much higher than that? Because i think ti does when i play very graphic intense games.
Oops, sorry didn't spot that. :p Well, the Prescott does run very hot. The redline for any normal CPU is around 60 degrees, yet with only a 5% overclock a 3.4GHz Prescott can make it into the 70s. If you're concerned, my suggestion would be to invest in cooling. Try applying some Arctic Silver to the CPU (between the heatsink and the chip), or if you're feeling a little more adventurous, water cooling is a possible option. Some more casefans probably wouldn't hurt either. If this is beginning to sound expensive, don't worry. Some casefans, and a tube of Arctic Silver should only cost around £5. (~$10). Water cooling is a little more expensive, but if you're running a CPU that gets that hot, it may be a wise investment.
Lol okay. Yeah I considered water cooling, I can get help from an ICT guy who I know. He could install it for me. Although I don't think you can buy it here. I will need to import it from the USA or something and that could become quite expensive. Also, how much would a water cooling set cost? On average?
About the fans, I don't think more would fit into my case. I've already got one at the back, near the power supply and I think my Zalman is taking the fan space on the side. Although, one might fit under it. Also, my zalman cost me around 65$. Prices are quite high here.
Oh and Mr. Macfancypants. I opened up my case, and the HD said Serial ATA. After reading the article, I guess it really is SATA :p
Also, do harddrives get hot? becasue when I put my ahdn on the side of my case, I can feel the heat.
Hard Drives can get very warm. You could install a hard drive cooler, that should help cool it down. As for the rest of your system, there are ways to fit extra fans in, however that would require a power tool of some kind, although it is possible. :p Water cooling, as I said, is a little expensive. Water Cooling kits can cost between £80 and £120, however if you buy the individual components (piping, radiator, pump, etc) you may be able to shave a little off that price.
Ahh, thanks for the help.
Another question: The monitor i got with my Computer, is a Samsung 793MB. (Link:http://product.samsung.com/cgi-bin/nabc/product/b2c_product_detail.jsp?eUser=&prod_id=LE17KSBBHQ&selTab=Specifications) Now when I look at my screen, the desktop does not cover the whole screen. Some of the sides have black edges. I have installed the drivers, but is there a way to fix this? Shouldnt the deskstop fill the whole of my 17 inch screen?
Hmm, that sounds like a driver issue. Are your drivers for both your graphics card and monitor up-to-date? A temporary fix would be to change your resolution so that it fills the screen.