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Could anyone offer any info on what is a safe cpu temperature please?

I have recently installed an xp 3000+ barton CPU. Its temp is around 56-58 c once warmed up and general surfing. It can get up to about 65 c at times whilst on Battlefield 2. I know it will be hotter due to running that game, but im just a little concerned as I cant remember what temp my older xp2200+ sat at. I think it was in the 50s but cant recall if it hit the 60s or not. Ive read on a few forums the 3000+ runs hotter, and its safe up to 80 c where you should have the bios set to cut off. Ive set it to cut off at 75 c through my bios hopefully to be on the safe side.

Would be reassured if some of you could post your cpu temps up to see if mine is ok.

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Best check the datasheet for your particular chip at www.amd.com for exact figures. Basically if you don't overclock it and your fan/heat sink is AMD-approved and fitted correctly and working, you'll be OK. If it somehow still fails in these conditions, you're under warranty.
 

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My 3000+ has been on for a few hours, but only surfing net on and off and its now at 56 degrees and mine is over clocked by 100mhz.

how do you find the 3000, do you think it has good performance? how does it compare to the 2200?
 

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According to the data sheet, the typical temp for this CPU is 58.4 c. It lists the Maximum temp as 74.3 c, and says it will die at 85 c!!

Mine should be ok at the temps I have, but I would feel better if it was a little lower.

I find it quicker to update things on google earth, and also, I get alot less lag when playing BF2 with this CPU compared to the 2200.
 

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How many case fans have you got?
If its more than one, make sure you have a 'suck' 'blow' arrangement. Some people think putting all fans to blow in works best, but you need to have at least one pushing air in, and one sucking it out.
Preferably sucking in cold from the bottom and blowing out hot near the top, in line with the ATX design.
 

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That would explain the temperature of the cpu somewhat. You need at the
bottom of the front of the case to suck in cold air and a fan on the
back below the power supply to suck the hot air out. See the arrows in
the attached photo.
 

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Bugger. I seen that one coming when I answered that question!!

Will have a look at prices over the next few days for fan equipped cases. The temp now seems to have settled to 58 c for general surfing, and hits 64 c on BF2.
 

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To check whether better ventilation will give you better tempratures.
Run your pc with the side of the case off and then see what you get
when you play battlefiled and browse the web.

EDIT: But leave everything else running as normal such as the cpu fan.
 

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Your main problem is your lack of case fan - this is why u have rally high cpu temperatures. Its not good for your chip in the long run and means u have no over clocking potential.

I wouldn't run with your case fan off because your system temperature will rise. This is because the case fan will not draw air from the components, just air near your fan and so your system temp will rise.

I've got a XP 3000 (333 fsb) running a CoolerMaster X-Dream IIII I'm using some coolermaster premium thermal compound. Also running a 12cm Alaska orange case fan.

current system temp:28 degrees

current processor temp: 46 degrees

U might want to also consider upgrading to a new case - one with an 'air guide' for the cpu (just make sure u run a quiet cpu fan!). Its basically a telescopic plastic tube that funnels air from outside the case to the cpu fan.
 

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Its well worth investing in a case with plenty of case fans. I have a
Xaser III with 7 case fans and a huge coolermaster fan on the cpu. Even
with all that though my temps can get over 50C - but I have overclocked
my 2800 to over 3200 speeds.
 

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That would explain the temperature of the cpu somewhat. You need at the bottom of the front of the case to suck in cold air and a fan on the back below the power supply to suck the hot air out. See the arrows in the attached photo.
Mmm, Chieftec cases are quality. They've improved the design with respect to the hard drive bays - now up to six drives slot in sideways and you can mount three 92 mm fans to blow over them. I've just built a server with a total of seven drives in that case (but one of them just a dummy drive to stop the SCSI card sulking at nothing being connected and slowing the boot process - until we fit a tape drive).
 

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I've got a XP 3000 (333 fsb) running a CoolerMaster X-Dream IIII I'm using some coolermaster premium thermal compound. Also running a 12cm Alaska orange case fan.
That's the ultra-quiet model isn't it? 1,400 RPM? Used one of those in a recent server build, not that low noise mattered there but it was the only 120 mm fan we could get hold of. There was a 3 GHz Nocona core Xeon, seven hard disks with three HDD cooling fans - love that humming sound of a new server with loads of spinning bits in it!
 

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U might want to also consider upgrading to a new case - one with an 'air guide' for the cpu (just make sure u run a quiet cpu fan!). Its basically a telescopic plastic tube that funnels air from outside the case to the cpu fan.
This is now becoming a common feature and it makes a huge difference. Giving the CPU a direct air feed helps keep it cool and thereby also keeping noise low because the motherboard's auto fan speed control, if enabled, will not have to regulate the fan speed at very high levels to keep the temperature down. If there's anything more annoying than fan noise in a desktop machine it's constant variation in fan speed making different pitch whining noises!
 
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