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Do you think my computer crashing was caused by overheating?

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May 14, 2013 6:13:57 PM

Well last November I put together my first build and all was well until around Christmas when it started freezing while playing games and resulted in me having to turn it off by holding the power button down.

Later I was watching the temps with HWMonitor and it was getting up to like 100C. Then I downloaded coretemp and it gave much more believable temps and showed it getting around 70C which I assumed was quite hot. Then I noticed my cpu was running at 3.9 GHz instead of 3.6 so I went to the bios and disabled amd turbo core which brought my temps down a good amount. I wasn't doing to much heavy gaming but when I downloaded Assassin's Creed 2 while playing for like 40 minutes it crashed again and then again when playing l4d2 (It crashed while sitting at 69C for 10 minutes). So then I opened it up and used some compressed air to blow out the heat sink and there was a ton of dust inside. Afterwards while playing minecraft they hottest it got was about 43C instead of 65C. And it hasn't crashed since (but I'm still worried).

On a side note when I disabled amd turbo core it fixed a problem with my boot speed, before it would sit at the part where it says windows before the colorful balls would come up and swirl around. And now it brings up the fancy lights within 2 seconds of being on the screen.

So I'm just wondering if you guys think my crashing/freezing problems are from the cpu getting too hot. Thanks :) 

Specs:
CPU: amd a8-5600k
MOBO: asrockfm2a75-dgs
PSU: Rosewill Fortress 550watt 80 plus platinum certified
MEMORY: Corsair 8gb (2 x 4gb) DDR3 1600
GPU: None (the cpu has a integrated graphics chip)
May 14, 2013 6:19:26 PM

Same thing happens to me... My cpu temps never go past 50 degrees c and my gpu never past 65 degrees...but after a while (like 1-2 hrs) the game just freezes and i have to force quit, what could this be? This happens on far cry 3 and COD 4
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May 14, 2013 7:02:34 PM

To the op. I would most certainly tell you that your high temperatures were causing crashes if you had turbo mode on while playing intensive games. What settings were you running Assassin's creed 2 at? Try to keep your system (especially cpu cooler) free of large concentrations of dust. Your psu was the first thing I thought of, but that Rosewill should be perfect for your setup.

If you don't run into anymore issues than you should be good to go.
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May 14, 2013 8:13:41 PM

chrisafp07 said:
To the op. I would most certainly tell you that your high temperatures were causing crashes if you had turbo mode on while playing intensive games. What settings were you running Assassin's creed 2 at? Try to keep your system (especially cpu cooler) free of large concentrations of dust. Your psu was the first thing I thought of, but that Rosewill should be perfect for your setup.


Thanks for the reply! The settings for Assassins Creed were set to medium. Only reason I thought to disable turbo core was because other people had been telling me how they were having a lot of problems with their computers and disabling it fixed many issues. Also since the graphics chip is on the cpu I would think it makes the cpu run hotter (maybe I'm mistaken).

My computer gets a large amount of dust due to the fact my computer is next to our laundry area and when people do laundry they clean out the filter thing which puts a large amount of lint and junk in the air.
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May 14, 2013 8:17:39 PM

Denoahnator said:
chrisafp07 said:
To the op. I would most certainly tell you that your high temperatures were causing crashes if you had turbo mode on while playing intensive games. What settings were you running Assassin's creed 2 at? Try to keep your system (especially cpu cooler) free of large concentrations of dust. Your psu was the first thing I thought of, but that Rosewill should be perfect for your setup.


Thanks for the reply! The settings for Assassins Creed were set to medium. Only reason I thought to disable turbo core was because other people had been telling me how they were having a lot of problems with their computers and disabling it fixed many issues. Also since the graphics chip is on the cpu I would think it makes the cpu run hotter (maybe I'm mistaken).

My computer gets a large amount of dust due to the fact my computer is next to our laundry area and when people do laundry they clean out the filter thing which puts a large amount of lint and junk in the air.


Yea, I believe those apu chips turbo mode also overclocks the integrated gpu so it would definitely run much warmer. I hear you about dust though, so annoying...
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June 4, 2013 11:22:35 AM

I recommend getting an aftermarket CPU cooler. This will solve your CPU temperature issues. It will be safer to overclock and it will be much more efficient.

Another thing to help with dust is get more positive air flow into the case (intake) and less negative flow (exhaust).
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