Computer runs hot.. any suggestions?

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  1. jackpot

    jackpot boo

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    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
    ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-A Motherboard
    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2
    SAPPHIRE 100189L Radeon X1900GT 256MB
    Thermaltake 500W PSU
    Western Digital 120GB SATA HDD

    Not overclocked, runs at like 53*C CPU, 50*C Motherboard, and the fan speed is like 1687RPM on the CPU. I have 2 case fans and stock CPU fan. Thanks.
     
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    get a better CPU fan
    It also helps if you're case isn't in one of those desks with the hidden place for the PC tower
     
  3. jackpot

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    It's not, but there are a bunch of wires from the PSU in the case.. I have no room to hide them.
     
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    As wolf68k said, get an aftermarket heatsink/fan if you are using the stock one that came with your e6600. What case are you using?

    The tuniq tower is supposed to be one of th ebest out right now but I think scythe (sp?) makes good ones as well as zalman 9500/9700.

    Then get some arctic silver 5 and reseat everything. That will knock the temps down ~10C right off the bat. Then you can always go for more/faster casefans. Just remember that the noise will obviously increase as the rpms do.
     
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    I just spent over $1000 on this setup so I don't have money to buy an good CPU fan. I'm thinking the problem my computer is lagging is not because of running hot, but something else. Before I formatted/re-installed Windows like 3 months ago, my computer was fine. After doing that, it ran hot as fuck (69*C) and I bought a good PSU.

    So for 100% I know that before re-installing Windows, my computer ran faster with no problems. I will try and reinstall Windows again
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Have you tried taking the side off of the case to see if it will run cooler?

    You don't need more than the retail fan for Core 2 Duo.

    MaximumPc magazine took the fan off of one and ran apps for
    an hour without overheating the system.

    Core 2 Duo is VERY stable.
    If you have enough air reaching that fan/heatsink, it will keep it cool.


    Did you use the stock paste/sticker that comes on the cpu?

    If so, then get some Arctic Silver thermal paste and redo it.


    If you did use paste, then I bet you used too much of it.

    The thinnest coat of thermal paste that you can apply is the best coat.
     
  7. negative zero

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    And now it is recommended by AS5 to put a think "line" down the center of the cpu rather than a small "dot" like in the past.

    Here's a jpg of an example. http://www.elitekiller.com/pics/AS5_application.jpg
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    That would no doubt be better than a dot.

    But you don't appreciate how thin that stuff will spread until you use a razor blade to do it.

    It takes a lot of patience but using a razor blade, you can get it spread very thin and even.
     
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    I just used the term "dot" but I really think that AS5 worded it something liek "small grain of rice". Just bad wording on my part.

    I never could get it to spread out thin with the razor technique myself but i do hear alot of others doing it with that or even a credit card.

    Either way they do not recommend that application for C2D. Here's a .pdf off their site.
    http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/appinstruct/as5/ins_as5_intel_dual_wcap.pdf
     
  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Something tells me it's a liability issue. They probably got sued by some numbnuts who cut himself using a razor blade.
    And you can't get it as thin with a card.

    I use a blade, and take my time. I scrape in each direction until there's hardly anything left. Sometimes I scrape too much and I start over again.

    All it takes is patience.
     

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