Solved Over heating of cpu

December 5, 2013 at 05:51:39
Specs: Windows 7, AMD AM3
Sir, I am a design student and was looking for a descent computer,so i refered your website in research for compiling a good cpu,that would support softwares like maya,3ds-max,photoshop,ai etc, for my job,that is rendering images,compositing and illustrating,
for the above mentioned reasons i chose the following configuration:

AMD AM3 FX8120 CPU (processor)
Asus MSA99X EVO (motherboard)
Memory 4 GB ddr3 (RAM)
1 TB HDD (hard disk)
Graphic card Zotac NVidia G-force Gt610(graphics card)
Iball Cabinet with 500 Watts SMPS
Sony DVD writer
Belkin Keyboard Mouse
LG 20” Led Monitor.

But,after a few months as i loaded my computer with resouces and started running softwares in full swing,my computer is showing great over heating and sudden spike in fan speed and ultimately my computer hangs out with continuos beep.I have Windows-7 32 bit as my os,and i'm running ps and maya in 64-bit.

Just switching the computer on looks no trouble,untill i open photoshop or any such software that the fanspeed increases immensely and everything heats up a great deal and my pc hangs.

Sir,kindly guide me through this heart-breaking situation,what do i need to do to fix this up. is it any hardware issue? do i need to upgrade my graphics card? or is it something to do with software installation,that is, do i need to install my softwares in 32-bit?

thanking you in anticipation.

looking for help asap

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December 5, 2013 at 10:18:57
For starters, running a 64-bit application on a 32 bit system is not going to work. That's probably not enough RAM to run what you're trying to do anyway. I'd go for at least 8gigs, especially for the RAM-hog Photoshop. Then you will need a 64-bit OS, that at least is a given. Generally, the 32-bit OS'es aren't typically that much cheaper than the 64-bit; and going with the 64-bit gives you the flexibility of future ram upgrades. You're probably not even using the top .5G of RAM on that 32-bit; I'm not sure if Win7 has better allocation or not than XP.

If you're sure that the overheating issue is the problem, I must ask this question: Did you home-build this system? One of the biggest screwups in home-built systems is the improper application of the thermal paste that helps conduct the heat between the CPU and the heatsink. Even if it's an OEM (manufactured) system, that's no guarantee that it's applied correctly. It needs to fully cover the surface of the CPU with no air bubbles. There are generally a few different ways to do it; This seems to work:

With that in mind, it's also possible in a home-built system to get a heatsink that's too small for the CPU's TDP (Thermal Dissipated Power). for effective cooling of that CPU, which shows up as 125W, you should get a cooler with a good ball bearing fan that can dissipate about 140-150W and up. The cooler the better in this case, unless the fan size and noise becomes an issue.

That graphics card is a little wimpy for that CPU, too; and considering that you put the word 'Zotac' in front of it leads me to believe that it may be a Nvidia knock-off that has a chance of taking a crap on you in the next year or so. I don't want to alarm you, but that's just a heads-up that it could be of questionable quality. If you need to replace it, go for a genuine Nvidia or at least a MSI branded card..

In recap: Your RAM is too small for the rest of your components, and you need a 64-bit OS; There is a chance that the thermal paste on the CPU is bad and/or the cooler is undersized; and the graphics card could be a cheap knockoff.

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December 5, 2013 at 13:32:53
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Please post the processor (aka CPU) temps, at idle & under load, that way we'll know for sure if it's overheating or not. If it is overheating, it's probably due to an improperly installed CPU cooler. I suspect you're from India. If you find that your CPU is NOT overheating & the SMPS (aka PSU) is made by iBall, that is most likely the problem. iBall PSUs are low end garbage.

There's nothing wrong with Zotac graphics cards & it is NOT an "Nvidia knock-off". NVidia does NOT manufacture cards & never did. They manufacture the GPUs that are used on graphics cards but the cards are manufactured buy other vendors (Asus, EVGA, MSI, Zotac, etc).

The GT 610 is a general purpose/HTPC card, as long as you're not a gamer, I see no need to upgrade or change brands.

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December 5, 2013 at 16:59:56
Thanks for that riider, I didn't even think about the PSU.... *facepalm* If that PSU is as bad as you say it is riider, then jinitjha that is a likely culprit. If your computer's guts are running on dirty, under-volted current then not only will you experience hangs and mild temp increases, you could be signing the death warrant on every part in your system, from the CPU to the hard disk.

And on the clarification of the cards, I am still a noob when it comes to all the piles of brand names. Note I did say 'could be'... :-p

Other than that, I usually recommend Speedfan for a temp monitor; on some PWM systems you can also manually control the fans.

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