About two weeks ago I bought a kit computer online and assembled it. Once I turned it on for the first time and looked under the BIOS screen, I noticed that my processor temperature was unusually high. The temperature climbed and climbed and eventually stabilized at more than 60 degrees Celsius. Now I'm pretty sure that my Celeron 335 running at 2.8GHz shouldn't be above 45 or 50C.
To help cool it down, I borrowed some Arctic Silver thermal grease from a friend and used that in place of the heatsink manufacturer's standard grease. I even switched the processor heatsink and fan with another one, but to no avail. Also, I added three (yes, three!) more case fans to my original one in a final attempt to cool my CPU down, but all my efforts were in vain.
I have been running this computer for around a week or so now; I removed the sides of the case and pointed a small desktop fan into the case. With the fan running, I achieve a case temperature of around 24C and a CPU temperature of about 48C under the BIOS. I know that while still high, these numbers shouldn't damage my system and I have a few weeks left to try to solve the problem without any risk involved.
I installed Windows and all of my programs (including Hmonitor, which lets me see my system temperatures, fan speeds, and voltages while Windows is running), and the temperature readouts are significantly less on Hmonitor than on the BIOS at around 40-42C while idle and anywhere from 48-54C under load with the case open and the fan on (I think it's because the program doesn't officially support my motherboard). Anyway, whatever the actual temperatures may be, I know that my system is running too hot.
I think I have run out of options here. I am relatively computer-savvy, but this is the first PC
I have built myself and my PC
know-it-all friends can't seem to help. I just thank goodness that I read to check the system temps when first building a computer, otherwise I could have severely damaged my CPU and mainboard.
The online store that I bought the barebones kit says it will not accept any returns on CPUs unless they are suspected to be defective, in which case I can send back mine and they will test it to see if it really is faulty. I think the time has finally come to send my poor Celeron back as a last resort, but I don't want to do so until I am sure that all my other options are exhausted. I don't want to be without a computer for more than a week just yet.
And so ends the novel of my computer dilemma. Your help or thoughts about any solutions to my problem are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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