Originally Posted by dmar713
Ok maybe this will be a better description of what I have:
Intel Pentium 4 550 Prescott 800MHz FSB LGA 775 Processor
Intel BOXD915GUXLK Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 915G Micro ATX Intel
Western Digital Raptor WD740GDRTL 74GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard
pqi TURBO 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200)
Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite for Bluetooth M54-00013 2-Tone USB
PLEXTOR 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Beige IDE Model PX-716A/SW
XFX GeForce 6800 256MB DDR3 DUAL DVI PCI-E
Raidmax Scoripio 868 Case
the temp readings I am getting from the INTEL analysis software that came with it. And Yes the spike up and break the threshold and I get a warning message. But on average that is what they run ( reportable). And as far as fans there are 2 in the back of the case and one of the side. But In order to cool the case/ processor. I have removed the side panal and placed a fan to blow on it constantly.... but still the high temps. I hate to see what they would be if I didn't have the fan blowing on it with the side off of the case.
What processor could I use that would be better/Cooler and be comparable to this one?
I am sure there are better vidio cards out there too.
This machine is about 1 year old now. I guess its time to shoot it and put it down. But it was my first attempt at building my own pc.
Bad Temp reading??? What should I use to get the correct temp?? This machine warms up the room on a cold winter day lol.
As you have shown that you are making use of Socket T (LGA775) - I would urge you to recheck the mounting of your heatsink. Sometimes it doesn't make good/proper contact and this will result in the high temperatures (Or oftentimes, an inability to boot properly).
There are better video cards - but I really wouldn't be too concerned about upgrading at the moment unless you really wanted to. With that said, the 7xxx line has some cheap GTs that are likely to give you a slight performance boost if you find that you cannot wait.
A Pentium 4 runs hotter than what you may be used to seeing - I run at around 40C idle and get to about 55C under full load, which feels too hot for me personally, but these are rather normal temperatures for a P4. You should aim for a window similar to this one - and one reason for your high temperatures may be bad heatsink/CPU contact - I had the problem a few times while trying to get the heatsink to mount properly. You shouldn't have any issues keeping the temperatures within a reasonable area. (P4 reasonable - not AMD64 reasonable - we can't compare their average temperatures)