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SamGung
what will happen if your computer gets too hot while playing a game? well i think mine overheated when i was playing a game the comp froze and then the game i was playing crashed. Is this a problem of it being overheated? I now tend to keep a fan on it when my room gets hot.
thnn
If your computer overheats it can cause it to crash.

I take no responsibility for any damage that could occur through this solution, and the reader undertakes these instruction on their own choice.

It is advised to take the computer to a specialist to clean it out etc, unless you are competent with opening your computer up.

I had a similar problem. What I suggest is to unscrew the case and see if there is dust in there. If there is get something like a low power vacumn cleaner, a bike pump, balloon pump etc and blow all the dust out. Especially on the fans and heatsink by the processor. DO NOT USE AN AIR COMPRESSOR OR NORMAL HOUSE VACUMN CLEANER. Becareful not to touch the components because you could fry them with static electricity. Then replace the case.

Then if it continues to happen then I recommend taking your computer to a specialist who may be able to put in another fan or put a bigger fan and heatsink on the processor.
deca
I don't know how true this is, but I have read that Intel processor just keep getting slower. This way they don't produce as much heat. AMD processor just keep going and overheat.
gh0stface
deca wrote:
I don't know how true this is, but I have read that Intel processor just keep getting slower. This way they don't produce as much heat. AMD processor just keep going and overheat.

You need to do some new research. AMD doesn't get as "Hot" anymore compared to Intel. Intel processors now tend to produce more heat then AMD chips.
SamGung wrote:
what will happen if your computer gets too hot while playing a game? well i think mine overheated when i was playing a game the comp froze and then the game i was playing crashed. Is this a problem of it being overheated? I now tend to keep a fan on it when my room gets hot.

Anyways, it sounds like your computer IS overheating. Make sure your heatsink is attached properly to your CPU with some thermal grease in between. A good thermal compound I recommend for beginners is Arctic Silver 5. Add some case fans too to get good air flow.
RA
Common causes:
- CPU not tightly/evenly fastened to heat sink
- thermal paste on the CPU dried up and is now acting as an insulator instead of a conductor (due to air gaps)
- fan died
- dust/dirt in the case is blocking airflow
DJHicks
dnt use anything to clean the case tht sucks.... just use some air in can stuff... n take off the cpu fan n clear the heat sink etc...

i remember wen mine used to over heat, i used to get a sys admin attention box saying the computer was gonna shut down in 60 seconds!

in the end i used to use a house fan on the open side of the case to make do for a short while...

i then realised that i had some ad-ware that was not picked up by the adware programs i was using to clean em out....

i found my com was ok unless i used internet explorer, this forced me to use firefox (thats how i developed a hate for firefox), if i used internet explorer the cpu would be locked at 100% usage! there for the temperature quickly raised up and then i would get the system message!

so i had to manually remove it which was quite a mission, making sure i removed it fromt eh sytem cache before removing the associated files and the prefetch files etc!

so check ur machine for adware... and any suspect apps runnin in task manager!
Naif
The answer depends on how hot its getting. Which processor do you have and whats its idle temperature? Processors can work at a particular maximum temperature, after that temperature is exceeded, the stability of the system gets compromised. If you are sure your system is hanging up because of heat and not because of some software problem(s), then make sure you are using a good heatsink and fan and that the fan is working properly. And its not neccesary your system is hanging up because of the processor heating up. If you have a mid or a high range graphics card, its possible it might be getting heated up instead of the processor.

Before you do anything, download Prime95 and a temperature monitor and run it for sometime and see if your system hangs up. Keep the temperature monitor running too.
Naif
One more thing, even if you have a good heatsink/fan installed over your processor, that doesnt mean it will be sufficient to keep your processor cool if the overall temperature of your system is high. To keep the overall temperature of your system low, install atleast two fans, one for intake and one for exhaust. If its possible to install three fans in your case, than install two fans for exhaust and one for intake.
toshlad
One of the things I have just installed in to my tower system is a dual temp readout.

It has two probes that sense heat. One for your CPU and one for your hard drive.

It gives a contsant readout on a panel that fits in to a spare drive bay.

You will notice that when you are doing something like playing a game, the CPU is working a lot harder than while at rest and so the heat goes up.

Another thing is to set the system bios to warn you when the CPU is getting close to a high temp, somethinhg like 35C is a good guide, anything above this can be the cause of an unwanted system crash.

Hope this helps.
ocalhoun
I have an AMD athalon, and it runs very hot even though it is only 1400Mhz! Just displaying the BIOS will raise the CPU temp to 98deg F I have measured it at over 150deg F with no dust, and the best fan money can buy for that CPU. The thing heats up my room better than a heater, and has melted data cables before!
If your computer severely overheats, you will fry the CPU. (I once tried it with a 300Mhz CPU (also AMD): I used no heatsink at all. I could hear it sizzle, and it produced some smoke before giving up.)
NuniPio
ocalhoun wrote:
I have an AMD athalon, and it runs very hot even though it is only 1400Mhz! Just displaying the BIOS will raise the CPU temp to 98deg F I have measured it at over 150deg F with no dust, and the best fan money can buy for that CPU. The thing heats up my room better than a heater, and has melted data cables before!
If your computer severely overheats, you will fry the CPU. (I once tried it with a 300Mhz CPU (also AMD): I used no heatsink at all. I could hear it sizzle, and it produced some smoke before giving up.)


god damn! 150deg is crazy, my stock amd64 3500 sits at 50deg after i attached a second fan + i have 5 other fans on my case and a 12cm fan on the 500w PSU. im planning on buying a new heatsink so i can overclock, thermaltake seems like a good brand, same brand as my atx.
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