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CPU idles at temps between 60 and 75 degrees


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#1 Finallyfoundln37

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Posted 31 October 2016 - 06:00 PM

Hello all. I am looking for help diagnosing an overheating issue. According to Piriform's Speccy tool, my CPU is idling between 60 and 75 degrees. When I have multiple tabs open in Chrome, playing a game, or installing / uninstalling programs, this temperature will shoot up to anywhere from 80 to 95 degrees. 
My specs are as follows: 
CPU: 
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 65nm Technology
RAM:
5.00GB Single-Channel DDR2 @ 312MHz (5-5-5-15)
Motherboard:
OEM_MB NARRA3 (Socket AM2 )
Graphics:
HP w1907 (1024x768@60Hz)
1024MB ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series (Diamond)
Desktop Build: 
Compaq Presario SR5550F
OS: 
Windows Vista Enterprise SP 2 
I apologize if any of this is redundant or unnecessary. I am very much new to this. Let me know whatever additional information you need and I'll be glad to provide them.
 


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Posted 31 October 2016 - 07:00 PM

First thing to do is give your computer a good dust out with compressed air, your heatsink could be clogged.

 

Next, if the problem still persists you should re-apply the thermal paste between the heatsink and cpu. Be sure to clean both surfaces very well of the old paste, finishing with alcohol if available, before applying the new paste.



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Posted 31 October 2016 - 07:52 PM

Thanks TsVk! . I ordered some thermal paste which should arrive within the week. I dusted the parts out but to no avail. We'll see after the paste arrives. 



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Posted 31 October 2016 - 07:55 PM

No problem. Let us know how you go. :)



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Posted 02 November 2016 - 09:00 AM

I suggest that you may want to try Open Hardware utility (free) for checking your CPU temps; you can leave it running as you use the computer for a realtime check.The video is pretty good, except I like to leave about 1/8" around the perimeter of the CPU to allow for heat expansion.


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Posted 02 November 2016 - 06:28 PM

@ranchhand_ , Thanks partner. I'll give that a shot. 



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Posted 07 November 2016 - 06:47 PM

Looks like it may have been that thermal paste. It's now hovering between 55 and 60 degrees. Thanks for your time, dude.
 
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Posted 07 November 2016 - 07:04 PM

Glad it's working better, that still seems a little warm though. You may have used an inferior paste or not have applied it properly, there are other potential issues though. Do you live in a hot place? Is your case well ventilated? 

 

Could you check the output from HWMonitor. It could also be a poor output from Speccy.



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Posted 07 November 2016 - 11:40 PM

I see.. Well, it's not the weather. My case is well ventilated, actually the side panel is completely removed. I used Arctic Silver brand paste. I put a dab on the processor and smeared a thin layer over the entire surface before mounting the heatsink onto it. Courtesy of some Youtube video lol. HWMonitor shows Cores #1 and #2 fluctuating between 49 and 59. 



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Posted 07 November 2016 - 11:55 PM

That's good paste and you seem to have done the right thing with it...

 

Do you have a lot of start up items? Is there something chewing your cpu usage?

 

Check "Processes from all users" in your task manager. What's your idle CPU usage like?



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Posted 08 November 2016 - 02:55 AM

Actually I don't have a lot of startup items. The process named System Idle Process [if that's the one you're looking for] hovers between 88 and 92 with an occasional dip down to about 75. 



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Posted 08 November 2016 - 03:01 AM

I check the Task Manager every time I start up to make sure I'm only using the bare minimum. This is an old machine. :/ I factory restored some time ago with an "improvised"[torrented] set of disks. I spoke with a guy that seems to think that might have something to do with it. But to be blunt, I put a fair bit of porn and music on this computer before resetting it a few years back. I've kept it clean since though. I'm not sure if any of that is relevant but I'd like to save you some time by volunteering whatever info I can. I appreciate your patience. 



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Posted 08 November 2016 - 07:11 AM

Y'know, I'm surprised at your idle temps.

 

I run an X2 3800+, on the older Socket 939. Mine rarely, if ever, gets much above 45-50C.....and that's when it's working hard, in the middle of a British summer.

 

She normally idles anywhere around 18-20C (in winter) up to around 24-28C (in summer). Perhaps mine's unusual, but I've never found the old argument about AMDs running hot to hold much water.

 

Okay, yours has around 70 million transistors more than mine.....but since yours is manufactured on a somewhat smaller process, each of yours produces proportionately less heat than mine do, so there's not that much in it. Max operating temps for yours shouldn't go above 68C:-

 

http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K8/AMD-Athlon%20X2%205400%2B%20-%20ADO5400IAA5DO%20(ADO5400DOBOX).html

 

.....so, there's something not quite right there, somewhere.

 

Arctic Silver is not all it's cracked up to be, actually. It's hard to use, compared to the current generation of modern thermal pastes that are now available. It's a relatively 'stiff' paste, that takes a lot of pressure to spread out correctly.....and in fact, the recommendation is to warm it up, in hot water, inside a ziploc bag, before you start to use it.

 

Arctic MX-4 is a much better proposition for beginners and experienced hands alike. This is a different company to the one that produces Arctic Silver, so don't be misled by that.

 

http://nerdtechy.com/best-thermal-paste-reviews-2016

 

This is a fairly 'neutral' review of both (plus a few others), but I'd happily recommend the MX-4, as I use it myself.

 

Hope that helps.

 

 

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