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Sudden crashes while playing games...overheating?

By mekanen
Jan 12, 2008
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  1. Hi, I've recently upgraded my computer, here's the current spec:

    CPU : Intel Core2Duo E6850 3.0GHz

    Motherboard : Intel Classic Series DG31PR

    RAM : Kingston 2GB 667MHz

    HDD : 160GB

    Video Card : ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT

    PSU : 450W

    Everything's fine except when I play games like NeverwinterNights 2 and Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. The computer suddenly hangs and the screen blanks out after about 5-6 minutes everytime I play those games. The computer cannot reset, I have to manually turn off the power and turn on again to restart. What is the problem? My friend says it could be overheating. My idle computer temperature is around 66-69C. Is this normal? If not, what should I do?

    Thanks
  2. mscrx

    mscrx Newcomer, in training Posts: 829

    I think the temp is too high and while you play games it will raise. did you also upgrade the cpu fan? Idle temp for intels should be 40 to 45 C.
    check heat transfer paste, fan, maybe the psu gets too hot and warms up the whole desktop?
  3. mekanen

    mekanen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    sorry, i'm not good at checking my pc. What's a heat transfer paste? How do I check them?

    I have a case fan installed. And the cpu fan came with the cpu I bought. What kind of fan should I get to lower the temperature?
  4. mscrx

    mscrx Newcomer, in training Posts: 829

    heat transfer paste is a paste (like toothpaste) which comes between the cpu and the radiador where the fan sits on top of and it transfers the cpu heat to the radiador. well it sounds like your cpu came boxed with all radiador and fan were put together already?
    did you overclock your cpu or something?
  5. mekanen

    mekanen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    no...i never do such thing
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,117   +23

    Are all your case fans running? How many case fans do you have? Is your vid card's fan running? When you upgraded to your new vid card did you block any air flow?

    That is way too hot temperature wise.
  7. mscrx

    mscrx Newcomer, in training Posts: 829

    as Route44 says it could be that something blocks the air flow or one or more fans do not work correct. does your video card have a separate power connector and is it plugged in?
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