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Decent Temperature?

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Jun 19, 2001
Ok, I have a 1.0 Ghz T-bird and a Coolermaster EP5-6I11 hsf. I am in the process of putting my computer together, and when the motherboard posts and I go into the BIOS, the temperature read by the thermistor on my KT7A was about 36 degrees C. Now I know this is pretty hot, but is it decent for an idle temp? Also, does anyone know how far off the KT7A thermistor is from the actual temperature in most cases? One more question...where exactly do you put the thermistor on a digital thermometer thingy to get the reading of the cpu temp? I'm thinking of getting one to get a more accurate reading.
Thats not too bad for that hsf you have. Bios temps are suprisingly high from idle temps. I don't know how bad the thermistor is on a KT7A, but the temps can be affected by numerous factors, but it should within +-5c. Most of the external temp probes will have their thermistors on the end of it. The best is to attach it to the side of the core, that gives the best reading. AS Epoxy is the ideal material to use. There should be guides on how to do this on the front page.
Your temps seem low, I wonder if the thermistor is making good contact with the ceramic plate the CPU is mounted on? What are your ambient and case temps? For info on socket thermistors go here and There is an articlehere. Since adding a themistor is a still a secondary heat path, I would not bother with it.