CPU overheating leading to switch off?

By wing
Mar 6, 2006
  1. my new computer began randomly switching off. First i thought it was because of a virus so i tried scanning using NOD32 but it switched off during the scan. I then tried to reformat but again it switched off during reformatting.

    I checked the temperature of the CPU and it was 71C before switching off. Im not sure why its so high? Is there anything i can do to prevent this from happening without buying a new fan?

    My specs are
    AMD Athlon64 3000 Socket939
    1GB Corsair RAM
    300GB Maxtor Serial-ATA Hard Drive
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

    Is that 71c your idle temps??!

    Assuming the fan on your heatsink is spinning, you can try re-seating the heatsink with some good thermal paste (arctic silver). Hopefully that will fix you up.

    How long have you had this computer now? Did this temp problem (rebooting) start just recently?
  3. wing

    wing TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yeah the fan is spinning
    the computer is about 1 month old now and i think its the idle temp
    i checked the temp using BIOS health check after it switched off
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