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Processor at 90C, replace it???or what?

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#1 lizmerrill


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 01:17 PM

running windows xp in my desktop with a amd duron processor, with external fan attached to processor heatsink.

fan is running with  a lot of noise, and processor shows 1 core temp of 90c. Turned system off, obviously.

MY QUESTION: is the processor going bad, or the fact that the fan is not operating fully functional and not cooling the processor?


if i replace the amd duron, what processor should i get?


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#2 YeahBleeping


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Posted 03 March 2015 - 04:48 PM

Is this a system you built or a prebuilt system?  It could be that the thermalpaste was not applied well or it could be that the heatsink is not installed properly... after I typed all that I did a quick web search and found that this is a typical temp for that processor type.

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 07:09 PM


Fan is running with  a lot of noise


I think it is time to replace the fan. Your computer is reasonably old, I presume since you are running XP, and this fan has already given you lots of good service. They are mechanical components and wear out and the noise is probably pretty annoying !


If replacing the fan requires you to split the heatsink from the CPU, you MUST replace the thermal paste between the CPU and the heatsink. Clean both faces thoroughly then apply a thin, even smear of thermal paste / compound to one face and then clamp them back up together. that's all it takes.


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