CPU is overheating

Intel Core 2 quad q9650 quad core proces...
December 22, 2009 at 14:58:30
Specs: Windows XP 32bit, Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 (I think)
Evidently my CPU is overheating. This problem seemed to happen after I recently installed Fallout 3 (again). I installed a few mods to it, and it seems as though i can't really run it for more than, maybe an hour, less.

I have been using liquid cooling for the past two years and replaced my memory, CPU, and motherboard within the last year, but none have been a problem.

Something else that happened recently, before the overheating is there was a power shortage. Perhaps something could have been done then.

Well any theories and help are great. Im not sure if it overheats in idle mode, although Ill see... If Fallout is the problem, I thin ill just uninstall it, cause it's not that great ;)


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December 22, 2009 at 15:13:03
"Evidently my CPU is overheating."

What evidence? You didn't tell us.
How much ram? You didn't tell us.
What graphics card? You didn't tell us
What motherboard? You didn't tell us
What PSU? Ditto

Are you overckocking?

Do you actually want any advice here or just wanted to share with us your decision to uninstall the game because you no longer enjoy it?

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December 22, 2009 at 15:31:49
u mad?

Well I can tell by the fact that my system shuts down randomly, and once turned on the "CPU HOT" button is glowing...

2. Either 4gb of Patriot PC16000 2000MHz
3. NVIDIA EVGA(?) 8800 GTX
4. EVGA 790i Ultra
5. I dont really remember what brand PSU... 700watts

No overclocking anymore.

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December 22, 2009 at 15:47:05
When talking about temperatures it is useful to check and report on ACTUAL temperatures. Do you know how to boot into BIOS and look at system health? Your CPU temperature will be reported there. Do you have any temperature monitoring software such as speedfan you use to check system temps while running?
"the "CPU HOT" button is glowing." Is this a LED on your case somewhere? Was it glowing before the system shut down?

"u mad?"

Not really, It's just that without detailed info on your system there is no way to tell if some other hardware conflict or deficiency might be behind your problem.

This is a technical help forum and you provided almost no technical information on which to base an assessment.

When you say "No overclocking anymore." does this mean you have overclocked this motherboard/CPU/RAM combination in the past? If so you may have damaged something that now fails under stress.

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December 22, 2009 at 15:48:35
What's a CPU HOT button? What are actual temps?


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December 22, 2009 at 16:43:37
I agree with the others. You need to report actual temps, not just assume the CPU is overheating. There are temp readings in the BIOS or there are numerous programs available to montior temps in windows.

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December 22, 2009 at 16:54:33
When I checked the Core temp before it was at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Now all four processors are at 45 degrees Celsius

I at one point I overclocked yes, but after replacing my motherboard and CPU, no.

the CPU HOT light is a light on the motherboard like the STBY PWR, MEM PWR, and MAIN PWR

Thanks for the help.

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December 22, 2009 at 17:44:41
Cause it's not that grate? Dude your are talking about fallout 3,go and check review yourself gamespot.com, ign.com. 45c seems fine that means it's not cpu overheating. U replace cpu,ram,board, did u replace psu?And we need to know the psu specs +3.3v@?A +5V@?A +12V@?A. try to check gpu temp.

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December 22, 2009 at 18:59:37
+3.3v@ 24 A
+5v@ 24 A
+12v@ 16 A

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December 22, 2009 at 19:26:02
Your PSU must have multiple 12V rails as the specs listed only add up to about 400Watts and @ 16A wouldn't be enough on one rail to power all the 12V needs of your system.

download one of the hardware monitoring progs such as speedfan and check your running temperatures. It will also tell you harddrive temps. Not sure if it will give GPU temp.

Check also if there is any adjustment in BIOS for overheat warning & shutdown. If they are adjustable it could be the default setting is too low.

Intel website lists thermal spec for your processor as 71.4 degC and describes thermal spec as follows:
Thermal Specification: The thermal specification shown is the maximum case temperature at the maximum Thermal Design Power (TDP) value for that processor. It is measured at the geometric center on the topside of the processor integrated heat spreader. For processors without integrated heat spreaders such as mobile processors, the thermal specification is referred to as the junction temperature (Tj). The maximum junction temperature is defined by an activation of the processor Intel® Thermal Monitor. The Intel Thermal Monitor’s automatic mode is used to indicate that the maximum TJ has been reached.

Have you checked the function of your liquid cooling system? I've never used one so don't know how they work. Does it have an external pump? External cooling fans etc?

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