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Old 07-21-2013, 03:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Overheating Computer and Crashing

Hi, I need some help with cooling my computer. When I'm gaming or doing something CPU intensive for a long period of time, say a 2 or 3 hours my computer overheats and crashes.
Here are my specs.

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO

CPU: AMD Fx 4100

GPU: Asus Ati Radeon 6850

RAM: (Crucial 4GB) x4, 16GB total

HD: Seagate 500 GB

Power Supply: Antec 650W

Case: Thermaltake Armor A60

Now, I've read that the Radeon 6850 is a really warm graphics card so I leave the case door off all the time. And I use compressed air cans to keep the dust out every week.

I think that the culprit is the CPU which is only cooled via a heatsync with a fan. But I'm not sure if its the graphics card either after reading that it's a hot running card.

According to Speedfan these are my temps:
Temp 1: 67C
Temp 2: 32C
Temp 3: -128C
GPU: 46C

I think that temp 1 is my CPU but I'm not totally sure. If that is the case, what kind of liquid cooling unit would you recommend?

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Old 07-21-2013, 04:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Overheating Computer and Crashing

Use Coretemp instead for a proper reading of both modules and run prime 95 to get a load temp. THen come back with the results.

You can do the same for the GPU running MSI Kombustor and using GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner to monitor temps.

I can't imagine the 6850 getting that warm honestly, it's a lower end card.
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