First allow me to tell you how naive I once was. I'm currently using the same computer which shut down during games, films etc. that I used several years ago, however my old hard-drive was ancient and worn out and so I blamed the problem on that. However, I recently decided to assemble it again as its specs out-weighed my back up computer (except for the RAM, somehow managed to lose a stick) and so I simply took the hard-drive from my newer computer and placed it into my old one, only to find out that my computer is STILL crashing during games, videos etc. so I'm now lead to believe the problem is within the system.
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
PSU: PowerX2 Pro Edition 800W
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4@2.60GHz
RAM: 2GB (I'm aware this is low, but I'm pretty sure it still experienced this problem when I had 4GB... COULD be wrong)
GFX card: NVidia GTS 250
I've been told temperature readings are handy for this site, so here are a few temp readings:
CPU Readings from CoreTemp
Min: 47 C
Max: 95 C (only just come down to 47)
GPU Readings from EVGA Precision X
Celsius (idle): 38
Fan Speed (idle): 35%
Celsius (in use): 50-60
Fan Speed (in use): 60-70%
One other reading I took out of interest was the "performance" tab in the task manager, which claims that 1.42GB of my measly 2GB RAM is being used up. I'd like to blame either my lack of RAM or my CPU fan, which isn't sounding too healthy as of late (not to mention I need to re-apply thermal paste for it).
As I've said, the computer will only last about 5-10 minutes playing video games (even on low graphics) and flash games (including Facebook games), about 20 minutes playing a DVD and it'll just pick and choose when it shuts down during a YouTube video-watching session.
Any help would be appreciated, still learning about computers so consider this some good experience
Edited by KizzaD91, 06 January 2013 - 07:46 AM.