1. Post #1
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    ExTek's Avatar
    July 2007
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    These past few weeks my computer has been overheating very easily. I'm not talking about just temperature readings. It sounds like a jet engine and it heats up my room. I have no idea what is going on. Last night I cleaned every bit of dust out and it's STILL doing it.

    Specs (not the best in the world)

    nVidia GeForce 7600 GS
    2 GB ram 266 MHz
    Pentium 4 3.6 GHz (2 CPUs)
    250 GB hard disk

    and it's all put inside of a Dell Optiplex GX260 case/motherboard. The reason it's in there is because I used to have a Core 2 Duo until I overclocked and it ruined the motherboard as well as the CPU.

    I'm thinking it's the case but I am not 100% sure

  2. Post #2
    Chuushajou's Avatar
    June 2010
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    Try to replace the CPU fan, for the time being I recommend you take the side of your case off.

  3. Post #3
    Dotmister's Avatar
    May 2008
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    Download speedfan (http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php)

    Then post the temperature readings. Computers do get pretty hot naturally, and I know for a fact that my computer is really loud, it could just be that your fans are old
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  4. Post #4
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    July 2010
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    2 CPUs? That's trolling, it's called Dual Core
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  5. Post #5
    Dotmister's Avatar
    May 2008
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    2 CPUs? That's trolling, it's called Dual Core
    On a Pentium 4 its probably hyper-threading, or he actually has a server motherboard. (Trying not to sound patronising here, sorry)

  6. Post #6
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    reapaninja's Avatar
    November 2008
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    no
    http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

    Computers do get pretty hot naturally, and I know for a fact that my computer is really loud, it could just be that your fans are old
    what
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  7. Post #7
    Agent Texas's Avatar
    July 2010
    336 Posts
    Buy better heatsink or cooler, or measure the tempratures using Speccy, 10 - 80 is fine 80+ = overheating

  8. Post #8
    Dotmister's Avatar
    May 2008
    898 Posts
    Are you really starting a Hardware-Temperature-Measuring-Software-Fanboy war? they both do the job so why correct me?

    what
    what?

  9. Post #9
    DerekDub's Avatar
    June 2010
    229 Posts
    Do not take the side panel off off your case that disrupts airflow, and allows dust and dirt to get in. Get a better cpu cooler since your cpu is clocked high. Try to get your computer on a hard surface, try not to let it sit on carpet.

    I don't know if you want to take it this far but cut a few fan holes on top of your case, since heat rises, the fans on top will push the hot air out easily.

    Hope this helps.

  10. Post #10
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    November 2008
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    Are you really starting a Hardware-Temperature-Measuring-Software-Fanboy war? they both do the job so why correct me?
    it's common knowledge that HWMonitor is more accurate than speedfan, and it records maximum temperature which is what is important here

    they both do the job, but hwmonitor does it much better

  11. Post #11
    SirCrest is my life, so is yours.
    Goz3rr's Avatar
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    I have a Pentium 4 3.00GHz and its single core, Altough i did read something about Hyperthreading.. I have an nVidia 7600gs and 2gb of ram too. Mine never overheats, I've got the stock GPU and CPU fan, And some kind of fan on the side of the case with a tube to the CPU Fan (Came with the case) that blows air straight to the cpu fan. Also an fan infront of the HDD's

  12. Post #12
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    March 2006
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    It's a Dell. They cool horrendously.

    My dad's Dell used to overheat before we put it in a new case.

    Suggestion to OP: get a new case Or a better heatsink.

  13. Post #13
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    I use old Pentium 4 processors as radiators

  14. Post #14
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    2 CPUs? That's trolling, it's called Dual Core
    It's called hyper-threading

    Do not take the side panel off off your case that disrupts airflow, and allows dust and dirt to get in. Get a better cpu cooler since your cpu is clocked high. Try to get your computer on a hard surface, try not to let it sit on carpet.

    I don't know if you want to take it this far but cut a few fan holes on top of your case, since heat rises, the fans on top will push the hot air out easily.

    Hope this helps.
    I have the side panel on, yes. Hopefully I can get a better CPU cooler because I have the default shitty Dell one. And I have it in a desk which is closed in, so the hot air must be flowing inside of the computer. That might be a problem, correct?

    And yes it did help, thanks!

    I have a Pentium 4 3.00GHz and its single core, Altough i did read something about Hyperthreading.. I have an nVidia 7600gs and 2gb of ram too. Mine never overheats, I've got the stock GPU and CPU fan, And some kind of fan on the side of the case with a tube to the CPU Fan (Came with the case) that blows air straight to the cpu fan. Also an fan infront of the HDD's

    Yeah I found out there is no such thing as a pentium 4 dual core, just Pentium D or something. Hyper-threading makes the CPU display 2 cores. I thought mine was dual core but apparently not! D:

    Hopefully I will get some new fans. Here is a picture of my computer's insides. Most of it is scrapped from other computers, the HDD and the GPU is from my other computer that never had heating issues. I could have had 4 gigs but the motherboard can support over 2 gigs. Piece of shit Dell.

    Sorry for the crappy hosting.
    http://img188.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=img0160nm.jpg

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    It's a Dell. They cool horrendously.

    My dad's Dell used to overheat before we put it in a new case.

    Suggestion to OP: get a new case Or a better heatsink.
    Suggestion added! I have my old case. It was an X-Infinity case or something. Nice cooling, but the motherboard wont support the LED lights on it

  15. Post #15
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    Suggestion added! I have my old case. It was an X-Infinity case or something. Nice cooling, but the motherboard wont support the LED lights on it
    Do you still have the crappy OEM ducting on the processor? The easy way is to get a new heatsink, the hard way (that we did ) is to drill new holes into the case, and use chicken wire and some Crazy Glue to hold it in place.

    Wow, I just realized what we did.

    I hate being Polish sometimes.
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  16. Post #16
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    June 2010
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    In that desk you have your computer in is probably collecting a lot of heat and is being put back into your computer, so it doesn't have a chance to cool off. Try taking it out of the desk temporarily and see if the temperatures get any cooler. (So yes the desk may be adding to your overheating problem.)
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    In that desk you have your computer in is probably collecting a lot of heat and is being put back into your computer, so it doesn't have a chance to cool off. Try taking it out of the desk temporarily and see if the temperatures get any cooler. (So yes the desk may be adding to your overheating problem.)
    It has to be the desk.

    I just installed a DVD+RW drive and my fans made an odd sound.


    It started out with a low hum, then it got louder to a loud jet noise, then back to the hum.

  18. Post #18
    DerekDub's Avatar
    June 2010
    229 Posts
    It has to be the desk.

    I just installed a DVD+RW drive and my fans made an odd sound.


    It started out with a low hum, then it got louder to a loud jet noise, then back to the hum.
    On my last pc my fans were making a low hum and a loud hum when running a game or something, so try to get a compressed air can for electronics and clean out the dust. Also have you taken the pc out of the desk yet to see if there were any temperature improvements?

  19. Post #19
    SirCrest is my life, so is yours.
    Goz3rr's Avatar
    October 2009
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    WTF! There even isnt a fan mounted on your heatsink...
    I would start with that..

  20. Post #20
    Agenda's Avatar
    April 2009
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    Just clean the dust out of your computer for now and see if it imporves the temperature.

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    Comrade General's Avatar
    April 2010
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    In that desk you have your computer in is probably collecting a lot of heat and is being put back into your computer, so it doesn't have a chance to cool off. Try taking it out of the desk temporarily and see if the temperatures get any cooler. (So yes the desk may be adding to your overheating problem.)
    :cawg:
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  22. Post #22
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    February 2007
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    Download this awesome program and which reads the best temperatures.
    It's called Speccy, download it from www.piriform.com.

  23. Post #23
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    June 2008
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    Uhm I never bothered to ask, but I heard it's fine as long as it doesn't go above 80.

    Would that be Celcious or Fahrenheit ? Because for a while it's been 53c (That's around 127 F) D:

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    xxncxx's Avatar
    June 2008
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    Uhm I never bothered to ask, but I heard it's fine as long as it doesn't go above 80.

    Would that be Celcious or Fahrenheit ? Because for a while it's been 53c (That's around 127 F) D:
    C means Celsius, I don't remember it being called Felsius.

  25. Post #25
    Himmel's Avatar
    November 2008
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    what

    Edited:

    did you even read what you quoted?

    Edited:

    Anyway, it's in Celsius (or 176Fahrenheit).

  26. Post #26
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    June 2008
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    Dayum. That's pretty hot for still being 30-40 degrees under overheating. Might have to do some simple maintenance to cool it down since I don't like the thought of something being cookable in my PSU.

    Thanks.

  27. Post #27
    Himmel's Avatar
    November 2008
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    Depends. I'm assuming "it" means your CPU.

    What processor is it?