By: Tillmann (IP: 146.140.7.*)
Written on: 26-08-2005 10:32
there's no such thing as the "best computer ever" - it's always only a matter of days until something better comes out at a lower price :-)
Still, you got a sweet system. The maximum operating temperature for your CPU is 70.8°C, so your CPU isn't overheating. Around 65°C is a normal temperature for that CPU. The temperature also doesn't explain any perceived slowness - the thermal throttling on Intel CPUs will kick in only at much higher temperatures (even higher than the max. allowed temperature).
However, if your temperatures approaching 70°C, there is not much headroom left for hot days. So, I'd suggest to improve cooling. The heatsink supplied by Intel will in any case be sufficient for that particular CPU, so I'd suggest to improve case cooling. See the "Cooling FAQ" and the "Case cooling" section of this site for more info.
Liquid cooling is also fine for this processor, and will get your temperatures lower. Of course, you need a beefy liquid cooler that can handle the high power dissipation, but there are plenty available. However, as long as you have no overclocking plans, I'd suggest to stick with regular cooling - a proper conventional setup with good case cooling will do the job good enough.