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It's going to depend on several factors, but if it's sitting idle and running at more than 40 degrees C, I'd consider better cooling and/or a better heatsink.
 

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Hmm, well I'm running 50-55 degrees celcius running pretty hard 24-7. Ill remove the side panel for now untill I get more cooling, thanks for the info.
 

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what is your cooling system setup like ? (how many fans you have, whats the airflow like, etc ) ?
 

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kamjack said:
Hmm, well I'm running 50-55 degrees celcius running pretty hard 24-7. Ill remove the side panel for now untill I get more cooling, thanks for the info.
Contrary to popular opinion, removing the side panels doesn't always improve the cooling. I'd start by making sure that your processor heatsink is properly mounted with thermally conductive compound, and the fan is working 100%. Next, I'd make sure there is plenty of airflow through the case, my current P4 2.4ghz machine has three case fans, one for the P/S, and two others. You can't have too much cooling, but you can have too little. :)
 

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Well, I just put this whole thing together about a week ago. Im Sure the heatsinks and fans are seated/working properly. My question is this; Im using the OEM cpu/heatsink combo (the ones that come straight from AMD), why would they be overheating? well Im just going by what one person said here about anything being over 40 degrees celcius is overheating. Im using the proper thermal tape. wierd, anyways, they both seem to be running the same temperature. I took the side panels off and it dropped my temperatures by 5 degrees, I definetely need some more case cooling. The scusi drives also need to have a fan behind them which poor heat into the case.
 

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If taking the panels off reduces the processor temperature, you most certainly need more case cooling. :)
 
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