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whats the adverage temp for a intel P4 550 3.4ghz cpu? i was useing mx-1 thermal paste and a thermaltake blue orb 2 cpu cooler and was getting temps from 55c+ in the bios........
 

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There's a lot that goes into it... Ambient temp, your case, air flow, etc... I'd say you're fine though. Intel chips can handle up to 75C before they degrade rapidly. The general rule is keep it under 65C.
 

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Originally Posted by Ty Auchter

There's a lot that goes into it... Ambient temp, your case, air flow, etc... I'd say you're fine though. Intel chips can handle up to 75C before they degrade rapidly. The general rule is keep it under 65C.

Actually, and to be more precise, the p4 550 can handle 72.8C according to Intel.
However, Zyther I still think you have pretty high temps for a system using the Blue Orb II unless your cpu is overclocked or you live in a very hot area.
What is your room temperature ? Is your cpu overclocked ?
Check this link to get an idea about the cooler's performance. In this example the Blue Orb II is installed on an Intel P4 630.

Other things to consider. How much thermal paste did you apply ? Too much is as bad as too little. As a rule of thumb you should only a apply a BB sized drop at the center of you cpu then put the heatsink over it and DO NOT remove it anymore (if you remove it you have to do it all over again).
Don't worry the heatsink pressure (if it's properly seated) should equally spread the thermal compound over the entire cpu area.
 

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*** 52 on max load *faints*
um i dont have it overclocked, and my room tempreture is about 29 degres (nerly end of summer here), i used a small amount of arctic mx-1 thermal paste, i might do what you said and put a small bit on and let the heat sink spread it, illl borrow my mates arctic silver 5 rube ^^ but mine was on 55+ idle in bios
 

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Originally Posted by Zyther

*** 52 on max load *faints*
um i dont have it overclocked, and my room tempreture is about 29 degres (nerly end of summer here), i used a small amount of arctic mx-1 thermal paste, i might do what you said and put a small bit on and let the heat sink spread it, illl borrow my mates arctic silver 5 rube ^^ but mine was on 55+ idle in bios

That explains it then. 29C pretty high for room temp but then again, Australia can get pretty hot in the summer

By all means, try some Arctic Silver 5. Here's a guide on how to properly do it.
Good luck and keep us posted.
 

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cause im useing a blue orb 2 cpu cooler witch has a big copper base, my friend said that the whole cpu should be covered. so i spread like he said to do, or just let the heatsink spread the stuff in the middle by it self like in the guide?
 

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Both can work.
You can spread it evenly yourself by using an old credit card or just put some compound at the center of the cpu, place the heatsink on it and slightly rotate it left and right (while keeping it pressed on the cpu of course) then screw it on immediately after that.
 
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