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Iím not sure if this the right forum, please move it if it needs to be. <o:p></o:p>
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I built this machine approximately a month and a half ago. Iíve havenít had an issue with the temperature until last night. I am running the stock Intel fan and heat sink, I have the Antec 300 case, and I am running 4gb of g-skill memory. <o:p></o:p>
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For one reason or another, my CPU got very close to overheating. The CPU reached a maximum temperature of 67*C. This was recorded using RealTemp. The EasyTune6 HW monitor showed 43*C. According to Intel: 70*C is failure.<o:p></o:p>
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Typically the minimum is around 37*C, and reaches a maximum of 52*C. In EasyTune this would normally read around 20*C at idle, and less than 35*C under load.<o:p></o:p>
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I am running the 'Level 1' quick boost in EasyTune, it has been stable until now. Using the default clock-settings doesnít seem to affect the temperature; seemingly, it runs at the same temperature. <o:p></o:p>
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According to EasyTuneís HW-monitor, my CPU fan was running at ~1255rpm. I am pretty sure I remember it running around 2500rpm when I first built the machine.<o:p></o:p>
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I disabled the 'smart fan' setting in the BIOS (to force the fan to run on high at all times). This brings the CPU temperature down to more normal temperatures and according to the HW-Monitor the fan is moving at ~1875rpm. The machine runs almost normal from this point.<o:p></o:p>
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However, under sudden circumstances it will reach critical temperatures. What I mean by this, is if I get disconnected from the game-server Iím playing on, the CPU temperatures skyrockets! This is where Iím getting confused; shouldn't loosing connection to the game actually cause the temperatures to drop, since the game is no longer running? <o:p></o:p>
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There could be a few factors that play into this: itís an old game (ultima online), I am running four game-clients, and each client has a macro-loop running in the back round. Maybe its the software causing the hang-up, although this machine never broke a sweat when something like this would happen in the past.<o:p></o:p>
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So, my questions and concerns:<o:p></o:p>
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Does 1255rpm seem low for a CPU fan?<o:p></o:p>
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What RPM should the CPU fan be running at?<o:p></o:p>
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Should I try reinstalling the CPU fan?<o:p></o:p>
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Should I Look into buying a new CPU fan?<o:p></o:p>
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I am currently running BIOS version F5. Should i update it? <o:p></o:p>
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I am not heavily knowledgeable when it comes to over clocking, and I realize this is probably half the issue. Could anyone point me towards some good information on how to properly set up my rig?<o:p></o:p>
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Any reply would be greatly appreciated. <o:p></o:p>