Dell Computer Heatsink is Not Adequate to Cool CPU
Sometimes in its haste to produce low-cost computers, Dell does not test its machines for maximum reliability. One problem this creates is the shipping of computers with heatsinks and fans that are inadequate to provide proper cooling to the CPU.
This may not be Dell’s fault entirely. Manufacturers like Intel and AMD release new processors and whole classes of processors each year. There just is not enough time to test every combination of CPU, cooling unit, and environmental conditions. The result is a CPU paired with a cooling unit that is inadequate or borderline adequate.
Once you have determined that the heatsink/fan combination is seated properly, monitor your CPU’s temperature using a free temperature application such as Abit’s Microguru or Asus’ PC Probe. Turn your Dell computer off and let it sit for about ten minutes to ensure that the CPU is at room temperature. Turn on your computer and when Windows loads, immediately turn on your temperature monitor and watch to see if the temperature rises sharply.
If everything is OK, then start opening up programs that are not CPU intensive such as word processors or an Internet browser. Continue to open programs and do things with your Dell computer such as watching a DVD or playing games. If the temperature continues to rise until the CPU causes your Dell desktop to overheat and restart, then your heatsink/fan may be inadequate to handle the heat generated by the CPU at high loads.