Heating questions


Jul 3, 2008
I very recently put together a new computer, mainly as just an upgrade to my older computer. The main reason I wanted to do it is because of heating problems and my graphics card being way too noisy, which is what I told myself to justify upgrading everything. ^_^ The problem I'm currently looking at is I'm unsure if the temperatures I'm getting right now are fine or if I should be getting new fans. I live in Texas, so it gets pretty hot during the summers, so if it's getting too hot right now I'm worried what it'll be like come summer time. I read on the AMD forums that the Phenom II X4 processors seem to run hot, though with my heatsink and case, I really didn't think it'd be running hot.

As a note, I'm not 100% sure what good temps are for idle and running games for my processor or my video card, as my last video card seemed to make the most noise.

My setup

COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Idle the temps are, according to SpeedFan 4.40

Temp1 33C
Temp2 36C
Temp3 36C
HD1 29C
HD2 33C
HD0 35C
Core 35C

Playing MW2, about the same temps for Bad Company 2, maybe a couple degrees higher.

Temp1 36C
Temp2 51C
Temp3 46C
HD1 29C
HD2 33C
HD0 35C
Core 51C

This all is in a room that's about 70°F right now, which unfortunately gets to 75-80 during the awful summers. I'm currently waiting on a tube of Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound before I install ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler, which I'm using from my old computer. The new CM Storm Sniper case has gigantic fans, and 2-3 more than my old case did..

All in all what I'm trying to say is; Are these good or bad temperatures to be running? If they are, what temps do I need to start worrying? If not, will the Freezer 7 Pro do the trick, or should I buy different/better fans for the case. I figured keeping the stock fans from the case would work pretty well since it seemed to be a case specifically for keeping things cool (have never seen so many and so huge of fans), but if that's not the case buying different ones aren't a problem.

Sorry if this is a long/dumb post, I didn't super take care of my last computer, though it never had any problems, I want to keep this one in tip-top shape and make it last.


For a stock AMD cooler, those temps are well within acceptable range. You will see a drop in your CPU temps when you install your HSF & use AS5. After you install HSF, I would run Prime95 for minimum of 2 hours to see your max temps. If those stay below 70 degrees (specially if at stock speeds), you should have nothing to worry about.