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Topic Title: 2600 Tbird Overheating?
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Created On: 08/04/2004 04:39 AM
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 08/04/2004 04:39 AM
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I recently upgraded from a 1600Tbird to 2600 (266FSB) and am now getting frequent freezes and crashes while running 3D games. I am not a expert on these things (my brother did the installation w/flashing the Bios etc) but I have been reading up since. My idle temperatrues are around 49C(CPU) and 39(MB). During a long gaming session (usually about 45 minutes) the CPU will climb between 55-60C before crashing (sometimes total freeze). Supposedly, this is not terribly hot and yet still it happens. However, it runs perfectly stable in Windows. When I open the case and point a house fan at it, temperatures cool by 10C or so and the system has not crashed once no matter how long the game runs. Removing the side panel alone (no fan) drops the temperature by about 4 degrees. Ambient temperature according to my Video Card reading is about 44C with case on and 39C with it off.

I am using a HS/F combo designed for up to a 3200+ Barton so I dont think the problem should lie there. My brother redistributed the existing paste on the heatsink and I have been thinking that maybe we should have went with a new coat and need to redo it. But stories of mixing pastes and people ending up with even hotter cores have me in doubt.

I am on a pretty strict budget and cant spend money for the heck of it on things that wont fix the problem. Basically my question is should I get some case fans (have only one on the PSupply as it is a old case) or is it even logical that the CPU is causing this problem considering the temperatures dont seem that bad? Is there a break in period for new chips or perhaps a 200 hour melding for the paste (I have read about) that I should wait for before taking action? Just not sure what direction to proceed at this point.

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