This is my first post so if it's at all confusing, I apologize, I'll try to give you as much information as I can. I'm having what I think might be an overheating issue with my CPU, and I'm wondering if it's damaged, not cooled well enough, or what. I've found it hard to get a solid answer on what it should and should not be running at.
I built this machine about 2 years ago, so it's all slightly outdated hardware. I use it primarily for gaming and I have not noticed any issues in peformance before or after, although I don't have any way to test fps.
My current build specs are as follows:
CPU-Socket 478 P4 Prescott 3.20ghz
Motherboard - Abit's IC7-G Max II Advance
Heatsink - Thermalright's XP90 in Aluminum
OS - WINXP PRO SP2 with all current updates
Memory - 512x2 PC3200 Dual Channel DDR by Corsair
Case - Thermaltake's Armor
CDRW drive by Plextor
Hardrives - 250gig by Maxtor, 60 gig by Maxtor
DVDRW drive by NEC
PSU - Thermaltake's 550w ATX
Video Card - BFG's Geforce 6800GT w/2 fans, not the one fan model
I've applied a healthy layer of Arctic Silver thermalpaste to the heatsink/CPU, not over doing it of course, and I keep my case very clean. I also have all the latest drivers and firmware for my hardware.
As far as case cooling goes, I'm running a mess of fans. I've got a 120mm fan mounted onto the top of the heatsink, blowing down. I've got another 120mm fan mounted on the top of the case, serving as an exhaust port. There's another 120mm fan in the front of the case (if any of you are not familiar with the Armor line of cases, they have a mesh front, and mounting brackets for intake/outake 120mm fans) which is pulling air in. In the back of the case, for exhaust,I have a Panaflo 120mm H1A, which is pulling out massive air. All in all, that's 4 120mm fans. The cables are all tied down, creating good air flow, etc.
I never used to have an issue with heating/cooling, but recently with warm weather I've noticed a major spike in my temps.
When idling, my CPU used to run about 35-39C. Now, I'm idling at about 45-49C. Under load, my old temps would hit 50-55 at the most, and now I'm hitting 63-65 without a blink. I've re-applied thermal paste a few times, cleaned my heatsink, case, etc.
I run Abit EQ to check voltage and temps. My voltage is always normal and I've been logging it for a few weeks now without any major changes. My CPU temp on the other hand is what's getting me. ABIT EQ's default temperature warning level is 85 which I know is too high.
Please help me, I need to know if I'm running to hot, and if I am, what the problem might be. I've heard that Prescotts can run hot, but what's to hot? At what point will it start to take damage and, in warmer weather ( 70-80F) is it normal for it to run that hot under load? I've attached links of ABITEQ under load and idling. ABITEQ registers that I have no fan RPM for two fans but that's because I don't have them hooked up to my monitor, only the power.
Thanks - Lumpy