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Hey there, I just built my computer, here are the specs.

Core 2 Duo E6600
ZALMAN|CNPS 9700 NT R
Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR2 800
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS
ASUS P5B Deluxe/Wifi

With the factory Defaults, the CPU runs at 1600 MHZ, which I know is slow because the its supposed to be running at 2400 MHZ and I know how to change it, but the temperature is 42 Degrees for the Case and about 48 for the Processor, I want to overclock, but what are the temperature readings I should be getting, and what is a safe temp?

Thanks for any help
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post #2 of 17
Welcome to Overclock dot net.

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The reason why your CPU is running below the stock speed is because you have C1E or SpeedStep enabled in your BIOs. It just declock when you're idling for power save and jumps back up to max when you load something. I personally like that option.
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post #3 of 17
there is no way you core should be hitting 48 degrees at stock unless you have no case fans....around 50 degrees should be your cut off point...after that you risk blowing you core and that is never fun
post #4 of 17
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I have 4 case fans with a zalman and Im not even overclocking, can anyone tell me a reason why it is running so hot?
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E2160 @ 3.0 ABIT IP35-E GeFore 8400GS Kingston HyperX 2GB and Patriot 2GB DDR 800 
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post #5 of 17
Make sure that your heatsink is seated properly and that you've properly applied your thermal grease. For dual cores its usually a small thin line across the cores. Other reasons temps could be high is poor aire flow in your case. Regardless if you have many case fans if you have a small case and its full of cables air won't flow as well.

Look into those 2 things and see what happens.
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E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
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post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by mrsmoke View Post
there is no way you core should be hitting 48 degrees at stock unless you have no case fans....around 50 degrees should be your cut off point...after that you risk blowing you core and that is never fun
mines at 80+ degrees celcius, no joke, i have a dusted heatsink, and 1 fan, its been around that temp for who knows how long, not to mention we have no air conditioning; i do hav a fan in my room , but yea, dont really care, im upgrading soon anyways; ive gotten many freezes and reboots, cannot wait to upgrade!
post #7 of 17
Mine is running at 52c on both cores, I don't know why, I've reapplied the thermal paste, it's a huge fan, but I hit the same temps as my friend with the stock heatsink. It might be because the fan cannot sit very properly due to the North Bridge HS. But <60 is safe. However my FSB is running at 1.4V due to 1333MHz FSB, which could explain the higher temp...
    
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post #8 of 17
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I reapplied thermal paste, which seemed to work for the first half hour i booted my computer up, but I dont know about it now. My readings on speedfan are as follows, if anyone would translate these for me (some i get but others i dont ie AUX and why core 0 and core 1 are so much cooler than CPU):

System: 38
CPU: 41
AUX: 117 (this one gets to negatives sometimes?)
HD0:40
Core 0: 33
Core 1: 33

These readings are as I play music and have this window open.

During a game of Civ 4 with music, the system read

System: 38
CPU: 46
AUX: 116
HD0:40
Core 0: 34
Core 1: 35

Let me know if these are good or bad readings, and any other help would be appreciated.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E2160 @ 3.0 ABIT IP35-E GeFore 8400GS Kingston HyperX 2GB and Patriot 2GB DDR 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Wester Digital 400GB SATA Windows Vista x64 19' Acer LCD Rosewill 500W 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E2160 @ 3.0 ABIT IP35-E GeFore 8400GS Kingston HyperX 2GB and Patriot 2GB DDR 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Wester Digital 400GB SATA Windows Vista x64 19' Acer LCD Rosewill 500W 
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post #9 of 17
Your temps still look a bit high, but not by much. I have my e6600 with a Zalman CNPS9500 running @ 31C on idle with stock speeds and I hit around 52-55C at 100% full load on both cores using orthos.

Give your AS5 some time to cure and you might see the temps drop a bit more. There are more specifics on how to apply and "break-in" AS5 found on the Arctic Silver website. Give it a read/try and see if the temps go down at all. They claim you should see a 2-5 degree drop in temps once its broken in.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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Boots
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E6600 Gigabyte 965P-DS3 BFG GeForce 8600 GTS OC 256mb 4gb Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
120gb Raptor, 320gb Seagate Windows XP Pro SP2 LG Flatron 4ms 1600:1 Enermax Liberty 620W 
Case
Thermaltake Armor Jr 
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post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
I used the paste that came with the zalman fan, should I use AS5 and would that make a difference?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E2160 @ 3.0 ABIT IP35-E GeFore 8400GS Kingston HyperX 2GB and Patriot 2GB DDR 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Wester Digital 400GB SATA Windows Vista x64 19' Acer LCD Rosewill 500W 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E2160 @ 3.0 ABIT IP35-E GeFore 8400GS Kingston HyperX 2GB and Patriot 2GB DDR 800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Wester Digital 400GB SATA Windows Vista x64 19' Acer LCD Rosewill 500W 
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