Let me start off by saying that I've owned this computer since February, 2010, and it has worked perfectly up until a month ago (or so). I will post the specs a bit further down.
All of the sudden, the computer started shutting down during certain
I cannot play Left 4 Dead, Mass Effect 2 and Prototype for more than a few minutes, whereas I can play Team Fortress 2, Defense Grid, CoD: Black Ops for as long as I'd like. Those games are the only ones I've tested with thus far.
I downloaded CPUID HWMonitor and OCCT to see if anything is going on.
I saw that the temperatures of my 4 cores are insanely high - 60°C under no load
, and when my friend sent me a BitCoin link that uses CPU processing power, the temperature started rising until it was at 99°C, after which my computer shut down. Mind you, all of this was done with my computer's side panel off.
A friend suggested I go to BIOS and reset its settings to failsafe settings (?), and the temperature of my cores dropped to 50°C average (still with the side panel off).
One friend suggests I should get better fans/cooling, while another suggests I should get a new PSU.
Here are the specs:
Intel Core i7 860 LGA1156
GIGABYTE I5 LGA1156 I55P (GA-P55-UD4)
DDR3 4GB PC1600 KINGSTON
WD 640GB SATA2 16MB
GIGABYTE NV 250GTS 1GB (GV-N250OC-1GI)
ATX GIGABYTE (GZ-AA2CB-SNB)
ATX 550W GIGABYTE (GE-P450P-C2)
I would really appreciate it if you guys could (if nothing else, at least try
) to help me out here.