CPU Heating Up

July 1, 2006 at 06:01:41
Specs: Windows XP SP2, Pentium 4E 3.4MHz Prescot
Hi! My computer keeps restarting when the heat goes up and up. And I have tried everything I know to cool it down. Please provide me with any assistance if you can to cool it down. It heats up when I do something like playing Games or running any high processing applications.

Here are my specs.
Processor: Pentium 4E 3.4MHz Hyperthreading Prescott (I know it is supposed to be hot one but I have a strong cooler)
Cooling Fans:
CPU - 5625 RPM
Chasis - 1896 RPM
Others - I have two other casing fans. One for airflow in and the other one to send it out.

And I have the side casing opened as well. Maybe the heat is because of the room temperature being high because of the summer. Please tell me what to do.

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July 1, 2006 at 07:36:39
"I have a strong cooler"

I love it when people say something like this then don't name the product. If it's such a "strong cooler", I would think you'd wanna brag about it. Are your 100% sure it's installed properly? Not too much paste or too little?

What's also curious is that you didn't list your temp readings....room temp, system temp, CPU temp at idle & under load? The Prescott runs very hot, 70C (or higher) under load is not uncommon.

Removing the side panel defeats the purpose of the case fans. You should have one fan in the front bringing air in & one in the back taking air out. Side panel fans are generally disruptive to the front-to-rear airflow, but if you have one, it should blow inward.

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July 1, 2006 at 10:12:18
What is your room temperature at? If it's >90F, I suggest you either install AC or open the side panels and have a fan blowing into the computer to cool it down...


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July 2, 2006 at 06:12:23

Sorry if I was not very clear before. I did check the fan and the way it's connected. It seems fine and the RPM is measured using Speedfan. If the fan is not connected, it wouldn't detect it would it? And the fan is in automatic mode to increase and decrease its speed. The Cooler's name is Thermaltake A2144 POLO 735 Extreme 3-in-1 Cooler. It is pretty new. I bought it in April and my casing fans are fixed as front and back as "jam" suggested. I didn't have a side panel fan so I removed the side panel to let more airflow. I don't know my room temp but I would assume it is a bit hot. I have another computer as well in the same room which didn't have any of this kind of trouble at all. But I doubt it is prescott and it is a P3 machine.

My system temp is typically around 40-50C and my CPU temp runs random depending on my automatic fan control. If the heat goes up, the fan goes fast to cool it down. Typically it varies from 35-70C. Normally when using the other applications, the CPU temp is somewhere in 50C and when using the game, it restarts. My Bios settings is 80C max and if it goes over, the computer restarts.

Please assist me with any knowledge you have.

FYI: I'm not bragging about anything. Because I am not big on the hardware side in Computing. I am still learning.

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July 2, 2006 at 08:04:25
"Typically it varies from 35-70C. Normally when using the other applications, the CPU temp is somewhere in 50C and when using the game, it restarts. My Bios settings is 80C max and if it goes over, the computer restarts"

Your temps sound fairly typical for a stock Intel cooler but I would think an aftermarket unit would do better. I did a quick google search & couldn't find any stellar reviews of your HSF...what made you choose that particular model?

Try raising the restart threshhold a little higher & also experiment with your fan settings. If you haven't already done so, remove the HSF, clean off the old thermal material, & apply a fresh layer of paste.

If none of the above helps, you might wanna consider a different HSF.

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July 2, 2006 at 16:54:04
Hi Jam!

80C is the highest my BIOS support but my BIOS is more than 2 years old (or so it says). And I went for the HSF I bought because it was recommended for high-end gamers and users of 3D applications and video editing (most of the stuff I regularly do). It also had a high RPM for a cooler compared to the other ones I saw. And I installed it only 3 months ago so I doubt the paste has anythig to do with it but as I said, I'm a newbe in this area.

I bought it from ECLIPSE COMPUTERS. And if you have any suggestions on the cooler I could use, please recommend it so that I can consider buying it.

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July 10, 2006 at 20:09:53
just as a note, higher fan RPMs do not make for a higher performing HSF. Size/design of the fan are also important. As for coolers, my zalman cnps7700 works great for me, but before you try anything, make sure your heatsink is installed properly.

Oh and btw, the design of the heatsink has nothing to do with application...all that 'designed for gamers' crap is just advertising gimmicktry. A high performing heatsink doesnt care what the computer is actually doing.

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