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post #1 of 12
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I recently overclocked an 8 year old custom built PC just to give it a little extra kick and am wondering if my temps are running too hot. I managed to top off at a 16% OC after hours upon hours of trial and error. Here are some of the comp specs including the OCing I did:

2100Mhz (used to be 1800)
1Gb Ram
nVidia 7300GT 512MB
P4
MSI 845E Max

Just as a note, I recently went out and bought 4 super powerful fans which I installed earlier today. The computer has been running for about a half day now and thankfully has not caught on fire yet (knock on wood). Now onto the problem.

I noticed a HUGE difference in heat after OCing this machine. Here are the values:

Before OC: 40C Idle - 55C Full Load
After OC: 60C Idle - 80C Full Load
And by full load I mean the machine is being pushed to its absolute limit.

60C seems WAY too high to me for a PC that's idle, especially when the temp. was less during full load pre-overclocking. My rig is well ventilated and in a good environment. Is my CPU running too hot or is this alright? I have my PC on 24/7 and would like to know if any damage will be incurred due to this excess heat. Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 12
Did you bother to clean it out in the process? Blow out the dust? Also what heatsink are you using the cpu? Any and all additional info is appreciated to help to help you.
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Yeah I blew out all the dust and made sure everything was running clean. Unfortunately, I'm not too sure what kind of heat sink I have on it. All I know is that it came with the PC itself when we got it so it must be old as hell.
post #4 of 12
That sounds too high for any processor I think. What kind of processor is it? Can you take a picture of the inside of your case? that would help a lot.
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post #5 of 12
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I unfortunately don't currently have the means to get a picture up on here. But using Belarc, this is all the info. I could get you.

2.10 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Board: Micro-Star Inc. MS-6566E 1.0
Bus Clock: 116 megahertz (max)
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T 04/02/01


Also, I've been running WoW at full settings on it for about 2 hours now and just recently CPU temps almost hit 85C. My GPU is running perfectly fine though and so is its temp.
Edited by Quicksave - 5/19/08 at 11:09pm
post #6 of 12
If you really want to, you can try to find a heatsink that fits that mobo (I doubt there'll be very many to choose from). At this point, not trying to get you to spend money, you really need a new PC. A very very very very cheap new PC is about 10 times better than that.
post #7 of 12
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Thanks for the advice. I already have a newer custom rig that I bought a couple months ago though which I use as my main PC. I've just been trying to up this machine a little recently. I guess it doesn't really matter if it gets overclocked or not but hey, we all do this for fun right?
post #8 of 12
True, I mean we are on OCN. If you're ambitious, you can try to make one yourself. But that's only advisable if you have shop experience. Otherwise, like I said, a second hand HS for that socket would be your only choice. (Save undoing the OC.)
post #9 of 12
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I'll look into it tomorrow morning. Much appreciated advice.
post #10 of 12
No problem!
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