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Over Heating Video Card/power Source

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#1 azurecuzyeah


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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:45 PM

Just recently I just took out an air conditioner in my room that kept the room around a constant 60F. After doing this my computer started to freeze and have weird funny patterns on the screen. Then while the computer was still on the screen would display the monitors start up screen as if the computer wasn't on. It was over two years since I last formatted my computer so I figured that it was just the build up of bugs so I wiped it clean. I installed the same game and played it for about 20 minutes and the same thing happened after the format. I opened up my case and felt the heat coming from the video card and it was extremely hot even though the heatsink was blowing and I had 3 fans (1 blowing in 2 blowing out). I turned the computer back on and opened up a program called speedfan, which tells you the temperatures and speeds of fans in your PC. I noticed that the numbers were extremely higher then they used to be (when I was at college and my room was 90F), It doesnt not say exactly what the temps belong to but it used to be like this. (This is a estamate)

Temp1 25C
Temp2 25C
Temp3 30C
Local 40C
Remote 50C
Temp 1 25C

I have no idea what they actually are but I am guessing the 4 temps are on the motherboard and the local and remote are my graphics card and power source. (I don't know why there are two Temp1's) Right now I have my game minimized and a few messengers open and the temperatures are:

Temp1 26C
Temp2 25C
Temp3 46C
Local 54C
Remote 65C
Temp1 22C

The changes in Temp 3, Local, and Remote sensors are drastic. Since I am not sure what each one is I cannot tell what to replace or fix. I noticed that the heatsink of the graphics card is spinning still although it isnt the fastest thing in the world and the fan on the power source is still going. The graphics card is a WinFast A400GT aka (Nvidia 6800GT). I have had it for about 6 months total now and I had the newest Nvidia driver as they came out. For the power source; it is a no-name brand 350W. It came with my old computer case and I never invested in a new one. On Speedfan it also gives readings on the power. Currently this is what its reading:

Vcore1: 1.52V
Vcore2: 2.58V
+3.3V: 3.31V
+5V: 4.19V
+12V 12.48V
-12V: -9.3V
-5V: -4.80
+5V: 2.71V
Vbat: 4.08

I do not know what any of this means but hopefully it will tip off a red flag if it is part of the problem. I cannot tell when exactly the problem started happening exactly because the air conditioner might of been cooling my computer enough to keep it running smoothly. I just need to know the proper course of action to take to fix it, if thats a new heatsink, better cooling, or power source. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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#2 dc3


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Posted 30 July 2006 - 11:34 PM

Your voltage specs are a little worrisome, you may have a problem with you PSU.

You might want to download and try Everest Home Edition, it will show the temps and voltages at their sources, like CPU temp, motherboard temp,... Everest is freeware, and can be downloaded here.

Edited by dc3, 30 July 2006 - 11:35 PM.

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#3 azurecuzyeah

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 11:44 PM

I don't know where to look in this. So vast.

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