|Ive been running my system with this configuration error free for about six months:|
Asus P5B Deluxe MB, Win7 Pro, 2x2GB 667 DDR (system only detects 3 gb), Pentium E5700 3.0 ghz, PNY Nvidia GEForce 210, 250 gb SATA HD, 250 gb IDE HD, SATA DVDR and IDE DVD/CD-RW drive, with a 400w PS.
Over the week I have started to have the whole system crash and reboot. On reboot the monitor will power on and display the nvidia version text and I get one post beep, then it reboots again. It will loop like this interminably. I have managed at times to get it to through to setup and occassionaly even back into windows by holding the power or reset button a little longer, but eventually it returns to this loop. The PC had seemed to last longer after a night with all power off, but that didn't last. I have tried a different video card and also moved all the components to a different system except the MB and processor, and everything runs fine. I have heard the cpu overheat alarm at times but the temperature of the cpu has never shown more than about 115 degrees F. I have a few times seen a brief "Overclocking failed" message at boot. I have reset the CMOS and the BIOS is the most revent version, even still I reinstalled it also.
I have removed all components, replaced the heatsink and fan, cleaned everything of all dust etc.
I have an outside air intake over the cpu, 3 chassis fans and an additional 90 mm fan mounted inside the case. The processor was part of the upgrade I did 6 months ago, when I installed win7 and added the Nvidia card. Asus' system monitoring software etc, the AI suite is not supported by win7 however.
My main question is whether this type of reboot loop is typical of an overheating cpu, and if so should I risk trying to work on solving the overheat issue in a system with a board this old or save the processor for a different board and call it quits? I really needed this PC to last a few more months until I can completely replace it.