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Old 07-17-2009, 07:17 PM   #1
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Long story short, I built a computer, was having some weird problems, and someone recommended the motherboard was the problem. I swapped motherboards, and indeed, the problem was fixed. Now I have a new problem:
It crashes about every 5 minutes.

Current specs:
video card: Geforce 8800gt
cpu: Core 2 Duo E8400
ram: Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C5DHX
motherboard: Gigabyte P35C-DS3R (one I was using yesterday which I replaced was a Gigabyte EP45-UD3R)
hd: Western Digital Caviar WD800BB 80GB
psu: OCZ700GXSSLI 700W

Someone suggested to me temperatures could be the problem, but according to the display on my case my cpu and hd temps are never above ~90

I don't have much technical knowledge, so I guess keep that in mind if you try to give me advice.

Thank you for any help.

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Have you tried updating the Graphics card and motherboard chipset driver's to the latest?

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Yes, I have.
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is the 90 F or C
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Heheh, should have specified.
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what does the bios list for the 12v line voltage and the cpu temp

any error message on the reboot

check for a bios update for the m/board
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Oooh, BIOS says
"Current CPU Temperature 103 C"
Either that's totally off (hopefully) or the temp probes in my case are off.

Also, I tried something just now that might support the overheating idea. I started up and logged into Windows and just let it sit there, did nothing at all. It didn't crash for about 25 minutes. Then I started up a game and played a bit. After only about 3 minutes of Team Fortress 2, crash.

And...it crashed while in BIOS as I was typing this.

No error message when I reboot.

So, I guess the solution is to get some better cooling? What do you recommend?
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A stock cooler is fine, unless you are overclocking. Probably a loose leg on the heatsink, either that or no thermal paste or pad. Get some Arctic Silver 5 or another decent paste like Arctic Cooling's MX-2, clean off the old with 90%+ isopropyl alcohol, available at a pharmacy etc. Aplly a ver small amount of paste and remount the heatsink, making sure it is solid, no give at all to it.

Here's The AS5 instructions, it's not the only way to apply paste, but it's one way that works.
http://www.arcticsilver.com/arctic_s...structions.htm
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Yeah two of the fan legs were loose actually, and the thermal paste I'm using is some pretty old stuff.

I feel pretty stupid now. Anyway, I'll get some AS5. I bet I can guess what's going to happen, but I'll update once I get some applied.

Thanks for the help.
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No prob. Depending on how old the paste you have is, might be worth a shot, as long as it isn't dried out. btw, paste "syringes" should be stored with the tip down, that way if it separates, the good stuff stays at the tip.
There isn't a whole lot of difference between the good paste and your average, garden variety stuff. Maybe a few degrees C. is all. About a year ago I found myself needing some paste, and didn't have any with me. I could only get a fast tube locally that was Startech for a brand. Worked fine though.
Try what you have, quick check of the bios will tell you right away if it's not going to be good enough.

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