If you happened to read my earlier post, you'd know I'm slightly paranoid and/or obsessive about my CPU's cooling. Cooler CPUs last longer and perhaps work better, and having a computer that's too hot can cause freeze ups or forced shutdowns.
You can use the program CPUID Hardware Monitor to easily check your CPU temperature as well as the temperature of other pieces of hardware.
I'm curious to know what the CPU temperatures are for your computer when idle and when under heavy load for extended periods - and what setup you're using to get those temperatures.
The computer I'm using now is in a who-knows-what case that's about 5-6 years old. It has an air duct at the bottom-front and some drilled holes on the sides of the face panel. Four 80mm fans up front pull air in through those holes. It has a 60mm fan in the back, a power unit at the top with a 120mm intake and 80mm output fan in the back as well. There is also a 80mm fan on the side blowing cool air towards the CPU, and it uses a standard Intel P4 heatsink. It has also been subjected to extensive cable management.
Its a 2.4ghz Pentium 4 with 2ghz of RAM and 128meg graphics card.
The computer room's ambient temperatures are around 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit most of the time.
CPU Idle temperature averages: 34°C
Max temperature while watching 2 hours of full-screen video on Hulu: 48°C
What about yours?