running cpu at 100% good or bad?

January 14, 2011 at 15:49:25
Specs: Windows Vista 32, 4800ghz / 6gb ram
I am running dual monitors with 6 gb of ram with a pentiun dual core 4800 ghz. When I run 2 instances of a certain online video game my cpu usage shoots up to 100% (from @80% with only 1 instance) Both screens run smoothly at 100% and there doesn't appear to be an issue. My tower is still ice cold even after hours of running at 100%. I just want to make sure its not bad for my system overall to be taxing it for hours at a time.. Any thoughts?

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January 14, 2011 at 16:18:00
The only thought I have is to ask this - why are you running 6GB RAM with Vista 32-bit?

Physical Memory Limits: Windows Vista

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January 14, 2011 at 20:13:05
I am running 6gb because i only had 2.. it was the same price for me to buy 2x 2gb sticks of ram vs 2x1gb sticks... didn't know about the cap of 4gb.. thats not my issue. i don't care that 2 gb is wasted/unused. My original question has yet to be answered, and therefore my problem still exists.

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January 15, 2011 at 00:05:53
3gb or more is wasted, u should run win 7 64 bit. "Pentium dual core 4800 ghz"? As long as temps are under contror u are fine.

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January 15, 2011 at 08:40:26
You asked for thoughts & I gave you a thought. Generally, 3GB is the limit for a 32-bit OS. It officially supports 4GB but only 3GB +/- is useable. You would have been better off going with 2 x 1GB + 2 x 512MB or as kuwese recommended, upgrading to a 64-bit OS.

"pentiun dual core 4800 ghz"

I believe the fastest "pentiun" dual core is 3.2GHz. Where did you find one that runs at 4800GHz? lol. I suspect you have a E2220 2.4GHz (2400MHz). You do NOT double the core speed to come up with 4800MHz. Your CPU only runs at 2.4GHz. I don't think you know as much about PCs as you may think.

How about telling us which video card you have & which online game(s) you're playing? The CPU useage may be due to gaming, but you may have something else going on - virus or malware infection, too many apps running in the background, bloatware such as Norton or Mcafee, etc.

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January 15, 2011 at 09:43:47
as mentioned above how is possible for a 32-bit OS to run a 6GB ram?
second: my guess is the same as miqlicks and kuwese u mentioned that u are running 2 monitors and game on them i believe its pretty obvious that the 2 monitors are using ur full cpu to maintain a stable frame rate when ur in game

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January 15, 2011 at 11:43:56
You were right, i was going off my memory of what i had and misquoted.. this is my exact specs.. intel(r) core(tm)2 CPU 4300 @1.80ghz 1.80 Ghz
my video card is Nvidia geForce GT240 1gb (this is the best card i can use on my pc without upgrading my 450watt powersupply)
I am playing City of Heroes its a MMORPG by NC Soft.

Like i said before.. the temp of the tower is ice cold... the game runs fine on both screens even after being on for 10hrs at a time..
My concern is... is this bad for my computer overall, ie is it working now, but accelerating the demise of my machine? Thanks for all your input..

And fyi, I know very very little about computers, thats why i'm here asking you people...

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January 15, 2011 at 17:10:16
The CPU running at 100% is not bad for your system. It may even be normal for your system if it does this under load (like gaming). The only thing you really need to worry about as far as the longevity of your system is the temperature (internal temperatures). If you are not getting any freezing or other problems, you are probably OK there, but you can run SpeedFan to read your temperatures within windows. If your system runs high on CPU when all of your programs are closed, look for background programs that might be running that you can turn off//remove from start up. If that does not lower your CPU at idle, run Malwarebytes to check for infections your antivirus may have missed. If you are running Norton or McAfee, dump them and get a leaner meaner antivirus program (like Avast Free, or others).

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January 15, 2011 at 18:18:29
You can still use more then 4gb of ram on a 32bit system, by taking that extra ram and using it as a swap file.

Up To 16 GB Of RAM On A 32-Bit System!

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