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I have recently become aware that high CPU temperatures can cause crashes.

My CPU is currently running at 62 C. Is this normal or hot? Does it vary according to motherboard? Mine is an MSI K7N2 IL2.
 
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It all depends which processor your running as Athlons run a lot warmer than Intels this said its on the high side for the former too.I would investigate the airflow within your case and see if the case fans are working and if they are not fitted you could invest in a rear and/or front case fan to improve temps.
Moving it off the floor,away from radiators,out of closed cabinets and clearing out any dust bunnies from the fans and heatsink will help too.
 
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Invest in a good heat sink.
There are many out there that work well.
I use Thermaltake or Zalman's flower series.
The cool thing about the Zalman is that you do not have any moving parts attached to the CPU.
I have it on a 1.2 GHz P4 and it is overclocked to 1.7GHz with not a single stability problem.
The fan needs to be adjusted (it comes with an adjuster) to high when running burn-ins but it will play Doom3 without a problem with the fan adjusted to the lowest setting. However, it runs at about 62C like yours while playing.
Otherwise it is a steady 53C.
With one of my AMD machines, I have a Thermaltake III on it to keep the puppy at bay. The other AMD is water cooled.

For air cooling, check out:
http://www.zalmanusa.com/eng/product/view.asp?idx=8&code=009
http://www.thermaltake.com/coolers/main.htm
 
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