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Computer overheats during gameplay

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#1 admiralboorda


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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:33 PM

When I am idle and running just windows according to the core temp program I have I am running at 37C. My max should be at 70C but as soon as I run any game the temp shoots up. gradually rising till it reaches approx 118C then the system shuts down. I have recently, (in the past 2 months)applies arctic silver 5 thermal paste and I understand that it takes something like 200 hours for peak performance, but it worked in the beginning bringing the temps down to about 82C. This is still above the max, but I assumed that it would equalize eventually. It has not. I used the spread method for the paste, but upon further research have come to the conclusion that this is not the best way. I looked at bios and it says running hot as well. I have cleaned the heat sink of dust, and all my fans are at 100 percent. As soon as I exit a game the temp immediately falls. Please help! my specs:

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.101026-1503)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Model: MS-7576
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4096MB RAM
Page File: 1393MB used, 6794MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x68BE)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68BE&SUBSYS_29801682&REV_00
Display Memory: 2806 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1014 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 720 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: FUNAI TV
Monitor Id: FNI0000
Native Mode: 1280 x 720(p) (60.000Hz)
Output Type: DVI
Driver Name: aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32,aticfx32,atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1052 (English)
Driver Version: 8.791.0.0
DDI Version: 10.1
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 10/27/2010 03:54:24, 645120 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes

Edited by hamluis, 27 December 2012 - 03:34 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:05 PM

>>Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit <<
A quick first item for you --------
Did you type this, or copy /paste it ?? It should show Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 -

Do you have Windows Updates set and do you download them every month ?? SP1 was released about 9 months ago -
You need to update and make sure that you install all Windows Updates monthly -

Thank You -

#3 Agent24


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

Are you seeing the CPU or GPU temps rise or are those the temps for the whole system? I'd download HWMonitor (There are others, but HWMONITOR is what I'm familiar with) and look at the temps there. You can also, if supported, also see the fan speeds.


Take a screenie while idle and one while playing games.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

What ever program you use to take a reading of temperatures or voltages you need to keep in mind that those readings a taken from sensors on your motherboard which are only as accurate as the system used to monitor these.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:09 PM

Thanks to all who gave advice. I have taken out the Heat sink and blew out the dust, then I reapplied the Arctic Silver 5 in the center dot technique. The temp now during gaming is a cool 61C. When I pulled of the HS, I could see where the air bubbles had been. This video shows a great demonstration of what happens while you are applying the HS to the CPU.

I urge anyone who is interested in seeing how the paste spreads to watch this video. I do not know the person, but this is very educational. Thanks again for all your help and suggestions.


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