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PC shuts down while playing games

It's been a month since my computer started to shut down randomly even when I am not playing any games. I thought the problem was with my power supply but then someone told me that remove the old 40 GB Hard Drive which I was using. I think removing that Hard Drive solved my problem but now while playing games my PC just shuts down, I was playing Outlast and Sleeping Dogs but my computer shuts off between 15 to 20 minutes. My CPU temperature reaches 90 C and above while playing Outlast. I don't know what is the problem and I am using zebronics 450 W power supply.

My PC specifications are:
1. AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.91 Ghz Processor
2. 160 GB Hard Disk
3. ZOTAC nvidia Geforce GT 630 1 GB DDR3
4. 2 GB RAM DDR2
5. 450 W Power Supply
6. M2N68 AM Plus motherboard

I also cleaned my heatsink or do I have to buy a new heatsink
I hope that I can get a good solution here
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  1. Your CPU should never hit 90 C get a new heat sink for your CPU that will solve the problem
  2. CPU is definitely overheating. Make sure the fan is spinning on the heatsink. If not then replace it.

    If that doesn't work then it's the psu. Zebronics is not a brand you should buy.
  3. Stjohn Russell said:
    Your CPU should never hit 90 C get a new heat sink for your CPU that will solve the problem


    Even when my computer shuts down after playing games, when I turn it on it does work for maybe 1 hour, 2 hours and also sometimes 6 hours without any shut down when I don't play games. Is my graphics card causing this problem, I recently bought GT 630. Someone told me that virus maybe causing this problem and I don't believe it and also my cabinet size is small. Checked my heat sink its working fine. From last 2 months this PC is causing a lot of problems first my nvidia 9400 GT stopped working , replaced my PSU 2 times and still this shut down. I really don't want to waste a large amount of money for heatsink and PSU.
  4. It's most likely heat from the CPU. It's not recommended to exceed 70C and you should be far below that. I believe the heatsink would be the wisest investment, though I wouldn't trust that PSU.

    It will work for longer when not playing games as it's not being worked as hard and therefore will produce less heat. Then when you start stressing it with games it gets hot and shuts down.
  5. Buy a decent quality psu
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    Stjohn Russell said:
    Your CPU should never hit 90 C get a new heat sink for your CPU that will solve the problem


    I agree, way too much heat, even though you cleaned the heat sink and it appears the fan is running. The fan could be on the verge of failure and not turning it's full RPMs.

    The heat sink linked below is much better than the stock cooler, reasonably priced, and you do not have to pull your motherboard to install it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064
  7. Shivam Dobhal said:
    It's been a month since my computer started to shut down randomly even when I am not playing any games. I thought the problem was with my power supply but then someone told me that remove the old 40 GB Hard Drive which I was using. I think removing that Hard Drive solved my problem but now while playing games my PC just shuts down, I was playing Outlast and Sleeping Dogs but my computer shuts off between 15 to 20 minutes. My CPU temperature reaches 90 C and above while playing Outlast. I don't know what is the problem and I am using zebronics 450 W power supply.

    My PC specifications are:
    1. AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.91 Ghz Processor
    2. 160 GB Hard Disk
    3. ZOTAC nvidia Geforce GT 630 1 GB DDR3
    4. 2 GB RAM DDR2
    5. 450 W Power Supply
    6. M2N68 AM Plus motherboard

    I also cleaned my heatsink or do I have to buy a new heatsink
    I hope that I can get a good solution here


    like others have said its the heatsink its most likely the paste has dried or the fan is failing usually 1 or the 2 most cpu temps shouldnt exceed 61c on most all you will end up doing ignoring the heat issue is kill the cpu if you havent already murdered it.

    ZALMAN CNPS8000B would be plenty this should keep temps to 30-40c

    psu is crap though you so i wouldnt even trust that psu go for well known brands corsair or evga or coolermaster gx
  8. JOOK-D said:
    It's most likely heat from the CPU. It's not recommended to exceed 70C and you should be far below that. I believe the heatsink would be the wisest investment, though I wouldn't trust that PSU.

    It will work for longer when not playing games as it's not being worked as hard and therefore will produce less heat. Then when you start stressing it with games it gets hot and shuts down.


    4Ryan6 said:
    Stjohn Russell said:
    Your CPU should never hit 90 C get a new heat sink for your CPU that will solve the problem


    I agree, way too much heat, even though you cleaned the heat sink and it appears the fan is running. The fan could be on the verge of failure and not turning it's full RPMs.

    The heat sink linked below is much better than the stock cooler, reasonably priced, and you do not have to pull your motherboard to install it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064



    Just to confirm it guys that by shut down I mean the complete loss of power just the black screen
  9. Shivam Dobhal said:
    JOOK-D said:
    It's most likely heat from the CPU. It's not recommended to exceed 70C and you should be far below that. I believe the heatsink would be the wisest investment, though I wouldn't trust that PSU.

    It will work for longer when not playing games as it's not being worked as hard and therefore will produce less heat. Then when you start stressing it with games it gets hot and shuts down.


    4Ryan6 said:
    Stjohn Russell said:
    Your CPU should never hit 90 C get a new heat sink for your CPU that will solve the problem


    I agree, way too much heat, even though you cleaned the heat sink and it appears the fan is running. The fan could be on the verge of failure and not turning it's full RPMs.

    The heat sink linked below is much better than the stock cooler, reasonably priced, and you do not have to pull your motherboard to install it.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103064



    Just to confirm it guys that by shut down I mean the complete loss of power just the black screen


    That will happen the motherboard will turn off to prevent damage

    rule 1 in computer parts heat kills and shortens the life span

    basicly every time your gaming you might as well stick the whole pc case in a oven same result
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