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Topic Title: Running Hot - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Topic Summary: My new PC is running too hot for me...
Created On: 08/30/2010 10:36 PM
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 08/30/2010 10:36 PM
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Here is my hardware list, all of which is installed.

Rosewill RK-7300 Black USB Super Slim Unique Curved Design Multimedia Full-size Keyboard(N82E16823201033)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive(N82E16822152185)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL (N82E16820231277)

Rosewill USB 2.0 External 74-in-1 Card Reader / Aluminum Body / Supports SDHC and SDXC / WINDOWS 7 Compatible (N82E16820223114)

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX (N82E16819103808)

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible witch core i7 (N82E16817341016)

Rosewill Dual Serial Ports PCI card Model RC-301(N82E16815166004)

VisionTek 900301 Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (N82E16814129146)

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard(N82E16813128444)

Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (N82E16811147023)

Okay, so I assembled everything (including the CPU HSF, albeit with some difficulty), closed the case, plugged it in to the wall and the monitor and started it up. I was pleasantly surprised that everything worked as it should, POST was fine, and I was able to enter BIOS. So, guessing that there wasn't anything else to do yet, I entered BIOS Setup and went through the settings, though I don't recall changing anything drastic. After looking over the BIOS options I noticed my computer was extremely loud--to the extent I thought it might damage hardware... so I checked the temperature readings and they were at 45C and this is idle in BIOS. The CPU fan was most likely making all this noise, and actually was running at over 4,300 RPM and the other case fans around 1800-2000. This temperature frightened me a little so I shut the computer down before anything might go wrong and have been reluctant to turn it back on. I have tried "Resetting the bearing" of the CPU fan by pressing on the center of it, and turned the PC on again but the temperature gradually climbed to 45C and then the fan was going faster and faster to keep the PC going just a little over 45C. Is this normal? The AC was on more the second time but it didn't seem to make much of a difference.

here's what I've tried:
trying new thermal paste - arctic mx-2 - didn't work
reseating CPU HSF - didn't work
Some people said that some mobo manufacturers have the CPU run at near full load while in BIOS so you can see load temps without loading an OS yet. I couldn't find any info on that for GIGABYTE GA-870GA-UD3H mobo. - didn't work?

What should I do at this point? I was thinking to buy one or two 120mm fans for the side of the case, and a different CPU fan. Which one(s) should I buy?

 08/30/2010 11:46 PM
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There's nothing wrong with your pc. Thats pretty normal temp for the stock hsf its when it hits 62C then thats when you start to worry. And yes thay are loud when there running over 4,300 rpm. there's not much you can do about that... besides buying a aftermarket hsf.

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 08/31/2010 02:21 AM
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The stock AMD fan has a thermal sensor that increases the fan RPM's when the CPU temp rises.
It is not uncommon for the fan speed to exceed 5000 RPM's and it will sound like a small vacuum cleaner.
I suggest using a high quality TIM like OCZ Freeze since there's no cure time with it.
And last a good aftermarket HSF and proper case airflow is critical in maintaining low CPU temps.

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 08/31/2010 11:49 AM
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I agree with both the responses. Below is my system now. Earlier, the only difference was that I had the Stock AMD CPU cooler. I had same issue but my CPU temperature was way low. The Stock cooler's fan was noisy like a jet turbine. Then; I posted lot of questions in more than one forum. Everyone suggested buying an aftermarket cooler. I bought the Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU cooler from FRYs for $39 and installed it. This resolved the noise issue in my PC. This also resulted in lower CPU, GPU and HDD temperatures... Hope this helps.

As a reference, please see my post and system information. My post/ thread also has a public access Picasa web album in which I put screen shots of temperature before and after new cooler install and of my system as well.

My Post/Thread in AMD forum - ">"><br ">&l......./me...terthread=y

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My System:-
NZXT Gamma Case with 120 MM Exhaust Fan
MSI 760GM-E51
AMD Phenom ii X4 955 BE
Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB GDDR5
Samsung 320 GB HDD
Windows 7 Pro

Edited: 08/31/2010 at 07:09 PM by harsh716
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