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Windows 7: Is my PC constantly too hot?

24 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 
Is my PC constantly too hot?

Hello, all.

My CPU fan inside my desktop computer is ALWAYS very loud, except for about a second or so when it shows the configuration table before booting Windows. This can be very annoying, as it is really quite loud.

I think this is because my CPU gets too hot. I have CoreTemp running at all times in my taskbar, and an average CPU temperature for me when not doing too much is around 45-55 degrees Celsius. It reaches around 60 degrees Celsius when I'm doing something intense like video rendering, when the CPU runs near 100% for a while.

I think that my fan might slow down if the CPU was cooler, but I can't be sure. I can post any necessary details/information if needed.

Any help is appreciated, I'm going deaf, here.
Tom.

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24 Dec 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Teekz,
When was the last time you got inside to have a look around and clean. The cooler and fans must be cleaned at least twice a year and more with hi dust or pets !
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24 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 

Not too long ago. I'd say a month or so ago?
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24 Dec 2010   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

60 does not seem too hot to me. I think that will be about normal. Every computer model has different requirments. I would be in your manual or here
http://www.heatsink-guide.com/maxtemp.htm
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24 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 8 Pro 9200 x64 w/Media Center
 
 

You are within normal ranges with those temps. You can check your bios from the setup screen when you boot and see if there is a setting for 'Active' fan control... or try speedfan from almico.com to control the fans...
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24 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMHolt57 View Post
You are within normal ranges with those temps. You can check your bios from the setup screen when you boot and see if there is a setting for 'Active' fan control... or try speedfan from almico.com to control the fans...
Speedfan didn't seem to have any effect, although there's a chance I might have misconfigured it.

There is an option in my bios, but the only options. Disabled makes the fan run at full speed all the time, and the other option regulates the speed automatically. It it currently set to automatic, but the fan speed never seems to change.
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24 Dec 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

You could be ready to pull the stock cooler off and re-apply thermal paste. This makes a good case for a cooling upgrade. If you like your system and plan on keeping or upgrading same then a new cooler and quality case fans will keep temps at there lowest as well as noise.
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24 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

in that case I would toss in an after market heat sink with a bigger fan (bigger is usually slower).
Just make sure you order some good thermal compound as well. Remove the old "gunk" from the cpu with a Q-tip and some rubbing alcohol (Isopropanol) .From the new compound you put a dab in the center of the Cpu (size of a small pea not more. That should do the trick.

If the new heat sink comes with applied compound, and you want to use that, make sure you remove the little piece of clear plastic tape that they slap on to prevent a mess in the box


-DG
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24 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have stock cooling on my AMD Quad and it idles at ~30C; under load it never gets above 50C.

Yes- I think 60C is too hot for a constant idle temperature on that CPU.

How about some snapshots of your SpeedFan settings?

Oh- and if you're using SpeedFan, then I would disable the Auto-fan settings in BIOS as they might be in conflict.
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24 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rap33042 View Post
How about some snapshots of your SpeedFan settings?

Oh- and if you're using SpeedFan, then I would disable the Auto-fan settings in BIOS as they might be in conflict.
I uninstalled SpeedFan when it didn't work. Just reinstalled, but if you can recommend any settings to me, it would be appreciated.

I disabled the automatic fan speed, and set it so it runs at 100% all the time, but there is another option called "Cool&Quiet", which I wasn't sure whether or not to disable. Any idea what it is/does?
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