"core temps" are the important numbers. Core temps above about 70C "when working" are getting into dangerous territory. If they go above 80C it is very likely to cause damage, especially to components near the CPU socket. Ideally your core temps should stay below 70C even under full load.
Originally Posted by rstew
See "Heavyload" at http://www.jam-software.de/heavyload/ and "Speedfan" at http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php (both are very good and free). You need to run system under full load for at least 30min - if any core temp goes over 80C then look at replacing the CPU cooler fan/heatsink with a high capacity unit (e.g.: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO; Thermaltake ISGC-200 or ISGC-400.
2GB DDR2 RAM is a bit light on for Win7. If you have 1x2GB chip you should look at adding another compatible 2GB chip (you may have other options depending on number of RAM slots on board). This should allow your memory bus to run in dual-channel mode (allows multi-core CPU better use of RAM).
Common problem w/ RAM is tarnished contacts (tarnish builds up over a period of time, especially in humid weather). Easily cleaned off by gently rubbing the contacts with a good-quality white pencil rubber, then use a clean dry toothbrush or similar to remove any leftover particles.
Computer Consultant/Technician 15+ years experience.
I appreciate your comments re core temps.
I have just started using SpeedFan, and I notice right away that it reports core temps that are consistently 10 to 15 degrees cooler than what RealTemp reports.
So now I am not sure what to believe.
I would like to believe the lower temps are correct, but who knows?
Anyone else using both RealTemp and SpeedFan, and what core temp comparisons do you see?
You could check to see what temps the free version of Speccy and HWMonitor give and compare those with what RealTemp and SpeedFan gives.
Or try a quick trip to the BIOS if it reports temps
Good suggestion, but alas, the bios reports only board, MCH, and ICH temps!
Originally Posted by wavy