scottaa1 wrote:It's running even cooler than the Celeron chip? That's awesome, I was a little concerned about that. Did you use the arctic silver?
More importantly, how much faster is the box running? Glad it's working out and you're having fun with your project.
I was amazed that it runs cooler, but those temperatures were taken while it was just idling on the desktop, but still. When I did some CPU-intensive things, such as watching TV, the temperature stayed steady around 115 degrees. I didn't take a temperature reading with the Celeron chip streaming TV but I'm hoping this is in the "normal temp range" for a computer.
I couldn't find AS5 in any stores around here and I didn't feel like ordering it online so I went with Antec Silver Compound
. From what I can tell, its just AS5 that has been repackaged under a different name. It also has some good customer reviews.
The box is running so much better. From the Windows XP login screen to the desktop is about a second, no kidding. The standard definition cable is a lot smoother than it was before. Google Chrome loads almost as fast as it does on my laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM).
I haven't really looked into the ability to overclock, but I know it wasn't possible with the Celeron processor and I'm using the same BIOS as before, but I'll certainly look into it