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Pc / Gaming Slowdown

By Xaero
Aug 13, 2005
  1. Hey guys, I'm new here and this problem has been annoying me for a while now.

    Basically I turn on my PC, go in the internet etc and everything's fine, when i start up a game it's all nice and smooth as I would expect from my specs on most of the games I have. After a short time though, somewhere around half an hour but it varies, the frame rate drops from the 100+'s down to around 40 or even 20 on some games, when this happens also there is a noticeable but faint high pitch whine that comes from my pc case that continues.

    I thought maybe it's a cooling problem but I'm not too sure because if I restart my PC it works again fine, until the same thing happens again.

    My specs are :

    P4 3.0ghz HT-enabled 800fsb
    512mb 3200 DDR RAM
    Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb
    And as far as i can remember it's a 400w power supply if that makes any difference.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. duffguy

    duffguy TS Rookie Posts: 201

    cooling alright

    Thats a big cooling problem. my cuzins did that and he ignored it and boom one day chips fried. wat kind of case do u have? how many fans?
     
  3. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,764

    Could also be a cheap power supply.
     
  4. Xaero

    Xaero TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hmm, i thought it might be but wasnt sure Duff..

    I got a fairly big black and silver tower case, it's got just the standard cooling seein as i dont have too much money for some uber stuff at the moment, one rear system fan, and the stock fans on my p4 and radeon.

    Got any suggestions for fairly cheap but still good quality and silent cooling?

    Cheers
     
  5. Aliengeek

    Aliengeek TS Rookie

    I had a similar problem it turned out to be my 9800 Pro overheating, tried several solutions to the problem even made a homemade GPU cooler for it, I ended up getting a Vantec Iceburg 5 its a huge cooler but definitely solved the problem. Got my Iceburg 5 through Newegg.
     
  6. Xaero

    Xaero TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cool! Not too pricey either, might look into gettin one of those...

    Does it come with instructions on how to fit it? Cos I've never done it before myself, i redone a whole pc but never done a cooler, lmao :p
     
  7. Aliengeek

    Aliengeek TS Rookie

    Yes it comes with detailed step by step instructions.


    The Iceburg 5 fan has its own plug in and you plug it in on an available M/B fan header, but still hook the P/S Molex connector to the Video Card itself.
     
  8. Xaero

    Xaero TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well, i ordered one from Overclockers UK for £23 including pnp. Should arrive tomorrow hopefully, we'll see if that sorts out my problem, hope so :) thanks for the advice
     
  9. Aliengeek

    Aliengeek TS Rookie

    It ships with thermal compound and RAM Sinks
     
  10. Xaero

    Xaero TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Meaning? :rolleyes: I told ya I'm not too good with cooling ^^
     
  11. Aliengeek

    Aliengeek TS Rookie

    Can you follow step by step instructions?
     
     
  12. Xaero

    Xaero TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Lol yea course i can, not stupid :) just wanted to know what those that you were talking about were :haha:
     
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