Processor Overheating?

By BryanAU · 21 replies
Apr 15, 2007
  1. After trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with my computer i think i narrowed it down to the processor. When i run a program called SpeedFan it tells me (after playing a high-end video game) that my "core" is overheating so i assume this is my processor. The side of my case is off and i have blown condensed air all inside the computer.

    Should I reformat? IS the core = processor? Should i try to take off the heatsink even though i don't know how haha
  2. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    I would make sure speedfan is referencing the cpu or the gpu, gpu being the vid card core, cpu being your system core processor. If it's the cpu overheating, I would look into a better hsf. What symptoms does the system display other than heat?
  3. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    I agree with Blakhart above :) ! What is the temperature report? Also remember for the GPU Core; it's not unusual to have it running at extremely high temperatures. Also make sure that your fans for everything in your computer are on, and on correctly. Also, go into your BIOS (usually by hitting Delete on startup or one of the F keys), and see if you can read the temps in there. Good Luck :wave: !
  4. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    software temp programs like speedfan are not accurate. it is not uncommon for them to read as much as 10°C or more off the actual temp (+ or -), I've seen speedfan report more than a 15°C difference from what my BIOS and hardware display reads).

    the BIOS is more reliable than any windows program. however, the problem with the BIOS temp reading is that your processor isn't really doing anything. never-the-less you can still use it to try and match temps in programs like speedfan. write down the CPU and system temps that your BIOS displays, then boot up and try to match them to what speedfan says to see what is what.

    also, try another program like MM5 or Everest and see what they read.

    cheers :wave:
  5. BryanAU

    BryanAU TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    hmmm...well hypothetically lets see it was do i fix it?
    and if its not overheating..then why does my computer randomly first my game or a program will freeze..then my mouse and music or whatever sounds that are playing
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    This could also be a power supply unit issue. Check out the link in my signature and tell us both your wattage, and amps on the +12V Rail....also tell us how old it is as well. Good Luck :wave: !
  7. BryanAU

    BryanAU TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Here is an image of the speedfan, and the red circled one is what usually turns into a flame when i am playing Guild Wars

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  8. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Did you check that?
  9. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    The -5V and -12V rails are completely off. This might have something to do with your freezing.

    But just to make sure its not overheating, it might be a good idea to stress your CPU and take a temp reading AT MAX. This means running a program (orthos is good) and let it run for maybe 5 mins, or whenever the CPU temp doesn't seem to go up for a significant amount of time (1 minute?). Given that its also a great program to test for stability, maybe you'd be interested in running it for a much longer period of time (measured in hours), but its obvious your computer's not stable, so run it for as long as you can, and take a reading.

    And if you need to refer to whats normal temp, there's a good list I just added to my overclocking guide.
  10. BryanAU

    BryanAU TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    I ran a program that tested my video card max power. Sigh...I don't know exactly what i need to do. can anyone give me a play by play on what i need to ****ing do before i hit this computer with a bat?
  11. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Check my guide that is linked in my signature and tell us your PSU Specs! Good Luck :wave: !
  12. BryanAU

    BryanAU TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    here ya go.

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  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Hmm, no :)

    We need you to take a look at your Power Supply Unit (PSU). Tell us how many amps it has on the +12V rail(s). That info is usually located on its sticker :)
  14. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Okay, follow the pictures below to locate the Power Supply Unit (PSU) in your computer to give us the specs shown:

    This is the location of your PSU

    These are the things we need to know from the PSU Label
  15. BryanAU

    BryanAU TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    My Power supply has 0 stickers on it describing what your looking for. However on the box it says
    Aluminum & Arcrylic Moded Gaming Power Supply

    Support Intel ATX 12V Ver 1.1 & 2.03 Standard
    Compliant with AMD Athlon K7
    Dual Led Fans for Cooling Improvment
    Work with Always "on" applications
    Comply with FCC req.
    State of the art circuit design and clean PCB layout
  16. T_C_

    T_C_ TS Rookie

    Nothing at all? I think its illegal not to have that on there! Well, we may have found the problem. Have you tried taking the PSU out of the computer case? It could be on the backside, top, etc.--some part you cannot see. I've never come across a power supply that does not have some sort of chart on it!! The box does not even say ANYTHING about electrical specs? How about a brand or model? There has got to be something on there, it could potentially be your problem! We gotta establish this stuff before you go out and buy a whole new pc.
  17. BryanAU

    BryanAU TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Well, I built this pc but awhile ago I don't remember...It's Glaciar brand I think
  18. BryanAU

    BryanAU TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    ALRIGHT! I found it!
    It was on the top part covered by the case.

    Model: PS5000CLA 12V
    ATX Power Supply
    Output: +3.3v +5v +12v -12v -5v +5vSB
    Max(A): 30A 50A 25A 0.8A 0.5A 2.0A
    AC Input: 100v-127v/6A 60Hz
    200v-240v/3A 50Hz

    This is what
  19. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    That PSU should be good enough for your system.
    Try reseating the CPU's heatsink, and apply fresh thermal compound (preferably Arctic Silver 5 or another good one).

    Make sure it's properly installed.
  20. BryanAU

    BryanAU TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Yeah..i know this sounds dumb but i don't remember how to take off the heatsink. and i don't know what this thermal compound does. Are we positive that its my gfx card overheating? or my CPU? My computer usually only freezes when entering Guild Wars or during game play..and each time i restart my computer and go back into the game i get less and less game time in
  21. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    First off, the thermal compound is necessary because it provides optimal heat transfer between the "rough" heatsink surface and the processor's die.
    Without it, air gets "trapped" between both surfaces, and the HS efficiency becomes severely compromised.

    And second, Radeon X800 cards can run hot. Especially their RAM. Try aiming a case fan to it, and see if that reduces the freezings and lock-ups.

    Hope this helped :)
  22. BryanAU

    BryanAU TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    hmm yes it has helped. However I attempted to put a fan facing my computer but then it makes the monitor shake like crazy.

    and for the it expensive and easily found at a local best buy or something?
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