Running to hot. Please Help

User1001

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My cpu temp appears to be 84 C on a 3ghz pc. (case: antec sonata). What should I do?
 

asb002

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I'm not sure what that is in Farenheit (sp?), but it seems hot to me. What is the CPU Fan/Heatsink* rated for? They might not be designed for a 3ghz chip. If not, you could always buy a new one.
 

SWScorch

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Holy smokes thats hot! It might just be an incorrect reading or a bad sensor or something. Try this: open up your case, and touch the hetsink with your finger. If you burn yourself, its probably right. :) You might want to see if the fan is turning, or if the heatsink is clogged with dust or something. Or, as asb002 suggested, this heatsink might not be rated for a 3Gigger. What program are you using to get this temp? Is it from the BIOS?
 

User1001

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its the the one included with the retail and the temp is read by the bios. I reapplied the heatsync and got it to 51 C (122 F).
 

NYHoustonman

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It sorta is, but people on this board are used to having their ish running at below ambient
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User1001

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can anyone recommend a new heatsink with a fan that will get it down to at least 30-39 C?
 

SWScorch

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Well, there are so many factors. If the room in which your computer is situated is warm, then no matter what, your CPU temps will be warmer than someone with a computer in an air-conditioned room. Also, what case you have, how many fans, etc, also make a difference. I dont have any experience with the Sonata at all, but if its anything like Antec's other cases, its pretty nice. How many fans do you have in there?

If it were me, I wouldn't worry about the temp. 51 C isn't terrible, especially if the room is warm. But bringing the temp down would give you peace of mind and more headroom in case it gets any hotter. I'm not up to snuff on P4 heatsinks, but I know the Alpha 8492 is a great cooler. Pair that with a YS Tech variable speed fan, and you have top-notch cooling, and you can dial the speed down on the fan if you want quiet.