OS: Windows XP Professional SP1 CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2500+ with 512k cashe RAM: 512 MB PC 3200 DDR400 HDD: W.D 40GB 7200RPM (8 MB) MB: ASUS (X Series) A7V8X-X VIDEO: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB DRIVERS: CATALYST 3.9 / Direct x 9.0b PS: 400 Watt dual fan.
Everything is installed properly. I installed an aluminum case, installed a new cpu fan/heat sink, and installed 2 case fans (one facing towards the MB, the other beside the HDD). I thought this would help, but my PC just dropped like 10 degrees after all this. My computer idle is about 60 degrees, while im using it its 65-67, and while i'm playing a full 3D game it goes 73-75. I just want my pc around 60 while playing a game. Will 75 fry my CPU? I hope not.. Is there anything else I should buy that will help? If I take off the side panel..my CPU temp is 53 degrees max while playing a 3D game. I would like my computer that temp with the side panel on (its noisy with it off). Thanks for the help and the replys in advanced!
Your case temperatures are extremely high (assuming the readings are accurate). I have often seen 20 degree temperature splits between the motherboard and the CPU, but when your running a motherboard temp of 45 you're in trouble.
Sounds to me like you are not getting cool (room temperature) air into your case.
Without knowing exactly how your fans are installed, I would put an intake fan on the front of the case (a fan that draws cool air into the computer) and an exhaust fan back near the CPU (pushes the hot air out of the computer). Fans are designed that they can be flipped, depending on whether you want it to be an intake or exhaust fan.
If you have room to add more fans, then I would do that, in the same ratio. Generally, the front of the computer provides access to "cool" room temperature air, so that's the best source of intake air. If your fans are set up such that you are drawing air in from the back of the computer, you may well be drawing in warm air