GPU temp = 117degC!?

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January 26, 2010 at 13:44:56
Specs: Windows XP
Please can someone tell me why my gpu is so hot (117degC) and what I can do to cool it down? Will it be fried by now? Will this have anything to do with my computer restarting itself when I watch a dvd? Please help - I'm not good with all this stuff! Thank you! x

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January 26, 2010 at 17:10:55
It would probably help to have some information about your system.

What type of GPU/CPU, etc?
How many HDs are in your system?
How many fans.

To give you an idea, for my home system with a gtx285 based video card, I have 4 fans, two blowing into my case and two blowing out. All of them on high. One of them blows onto the video card.

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January 27, 2010 at 09:12:26
Hi - sorry I should have said! Im using windows xp,
as far as I'm aware it has one HDD(C:) and one DATA(D:)
CPU Type = DualCore Intel Pentium D 820, 2800 MHz (14 x 200).
GPU = NVIDIA GeForce 6200 LE (128 MB)

From what I can remember/tell there is just one main fan. I guess I need to buy another and put it on the gpu?? Is that difficult for a pc idiot like me to do? I've only ever opend it up to vacuum it! Thanks for your help.

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January 29, 2010 at 10:13:34
Make sure that you have room around your graphic's card (move other PCI cards to other open slots, away from it if possible). Make sure that your wide ribbon cables do not block the airflow too much, but move them slowly and carefully. You should have a place on the front of your case for a fan to blow in as well as the fan on the back to blow out. You might have another fan port on your motherboard, but if you don't, new fans usually come with a plug that will attach to your power supply cables. If you look, you will find a pattern of holes creating a circular area with 4 or 8 holes just outside at the corners. If you measure across these, you will find the fan size(s) you can purchase (you might have a set of holes for an 80mm fan and one set for a 120mm fan.

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January 29, 2010 at 11:05:43
117 degrees Celsius = 242.6 degrees Fahrenheit

You should not have this machine on at all.

That temp is way too high and will burn up the mainboard. It would appear no fans are working especially the power supply fan. All fans in the system should be checked/replaced and add an addional exhaust fan.

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January 29, 2010 at 14:00:43
Thanks for the help. I am going to buy a new graphics card with inbuilt fan. I have been recommended the following model but told to double check compatibilty with my motherboard.
The new card is: XFX Radeon HD 4650 512MB
My motherboard/chipset info is:
Motherboard ID 05/19/2006-RC410-SB450-6A665G0DC-00
Chipset info: PCI-E x16 port #0 In Use @ x16 (nVIDIA NV44 Video Adapter) ATI Technologies Inc.
Do you think it will be ok? I can provide more info - I am just copy/pasting from 'Everest' and have no real understanding of what it all means but hopefully I've given you the right info.
Thanks again.

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January 29, 2010 at 14:36:10
Video card has nothing to do with your overheating. You need to address that before you have nothing to put a new video card into.

you do know that this (117degC) means celsius?
you didn't mean Fahrenheit did you?

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January 29, 2010 at 14:47:01
Yeah it's degrees celsius! I know - I'm scared its gonna spontaneously combust any moment!
I'm pretty sure the main fan is working... other temps being shown are as follows:

CPU 37 °C (99 °F)
Seagate ST3160812AS 38 °C (100 °F)

Cooling Fans
CPU 1577 RPM - I guess this means the fan is working? I was also thinking of ordering an additional fan when I get new GPU. Do you think this will resolve the problems?

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January 29, 2010 at 16:26:01
From reading elsewhere it seems the default throttling temperature for gforce series 6 cards is @ 120Deg C so if yours is peaking at 117 C then you are within the design spec for the card. If that is your idle temperature then you have a major airflow problem within the case. Before buying another graphics card investigate additional casefans to improve airflow.

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