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By Matric ·
I have a Celeron 566mhz in my machine, which is now just over a year old. I have noticed that my machine is now often exceeding 40 degrees celcius. I was wondering exactly how hot is too hot. I currently use my temperature and power management features of my BIOS to automatically kill my system if the temperature exceeds 60 degrees celcius. What is a safe operating temperature and should I now be looking for a new CPU to replace my current one since simply replacing the Fan would be impractical?

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by dmiles In reply to CPU Heat

The 40c is basically a safe temp and over that some consideration should be take to obtain possibly a case fan to help with cooling
Pratically speaking you will need to do some research to upgrade the CPU,and take in consideration of
Are you overclocking?
Do you have high speed graphics cards?
How many disk drives are installed?
The size of the Power Supply?
These will play a part in heating,so it is not only the CPU that you will want to consider,but the other parts also

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by dmiles In reply to CPU Heat

Ref the following sites
1)www.overclockers.com/tips30
2)www.hardwarecentral.com
3)www.cpureview.com

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by Matric In reply to CPU Heat

I do have several extra drives installed, and it isn't an incredibly large case. I won't risk overclocking, since it will simply shorten the life of my equipment. Thanks for your help!

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by TheChas In reply to CPU Heat

In addition to the tips that soulrider gave you, has the case temp risen since you set up the system?

If so, I would first try cleaning all of the system fans and vent openings.
Take a look at how much dust is on the CPU heatsink too.
Dust can clog vents and is an insulator on heat sinks.
A little canned air can every couple of months, can go a long way in extending the life of your system.

Also, if you have your system setting on the floor, raising it up a few inches will greatly reduce the amount of dust that gets in.

If you have a lot of hardware on your system, consider an extra case fan.

As to a new CPU, I would wait until I found a good deal, or you start having problems with system performance. The longer you wait, the cheaper the CPU will be.
I would consider switching to the fastest Pentium chip that will work with your MB.

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by Matric In reply to CPU Heat

Thanks for the tips, the temperature in my system has risen by more than 15 degrees celcius since the time of manufacture, and from the information that has been given to me, it could possibly be a dust problem. Looks like I'll be unplugging everything and opening the thing up and giving it a clean.

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by B_Pope In reply to CPU Heat

I would just replace the fan & make sure you use a thermal compound.also make sure you have more air flow going out of your case than coming in.
if you have a fan on the front sucking air in make sure you have one in the rear, & not just the power supply fan it doesn't do much of anything for the rest of the case.also clean the fans occasionally.
as suggested 40 degrees isn't that bad, mines running at 21C for CPU & 26C for MB.
go to this site & have a look
http://www.coolerguys.com/

for a look at some good fans

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