Okay, so it's my first post on these kinds of forums - I basically searched "pc help forum" on google, bacause I just don't know what to do anymore. So, here it goes :D :
My PC is about 6 years old (I bought it in late 2007). The CPU gets to about 130 degrees celcius (that's 266 Fahrenheit), and then shuts down.
Here are the hardware specs:
Video card: NVIDIA Ge-Force 8800 GT with 512 MB
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ (dual core)
RAM: 3582 MB RAM DDR2
The motherboard is Gigabyte (don't know anything else about it) - but it's on the same page with everything else
The power suply is a Corsair with 700W
Running on Windows 7 Ultimate
The case is very old and dull and has practically no airflow atm. The side panel has been removed for more than one year, and everything is preety much full of dust [except the CPU fan and heatsink, which I've cleaned in order to change the thermal paste (I just did) and the only fan on the case, which is on the back].
So the PC has been like that for about two years, and it has worked fine. The CPU has the overheating problem since I've decided to open the case - that is for 2 years. At first, it only overheated when I was playing games that stressed the hardware (like Crysis). I believe that it started to overheat due to the lack of airflow (hence my decision to remove the side panel) and/or the dust - the case was never been cleaned, at least not in the last 4 years (yeah yeah what can I say, I'm lazy).
The CPU is not overlocked (it has been, from 2.7 to 3, but not anymore). In fact it is when I decided to overclock it that it started to overheat and shut down. I've left it at 2.9 for some time.
I've monitored the temperature with CoreTemp. This is how it behaves:
I start the game, and it runs at about 55-61 degrees celcius. Usually, if it gets above that with even 2-3 degrees, it starts climbing up to 100. When it reaches 130, it shuts down.
But the thing is that my CPU is now overheating when playing Flash games, or even watching HD Videos. Yeah... summer is here, and with 30 degrees in the room are not helping.
What I'd like to ask you guys is what should I do...? Is it worth trying to get another few years out of the system? Because I really don't play new games like Battlefield 3 and Crysis 3. I have the console for that. On the pc, I enjoy playing games like League of Legends, Minecraft and few HL2 mods. So what I'd like to do is know how to fix the temp issue, without buying a new system.
Is it beyond repair? If I buy a new case,coolers and clean the dust will that sustain the hardware for a few more years untill I change it?
Edited by dDayan, 22 May 2013 - 11:22 AM.