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New system up and running, but i "think" i've got overheating issues.

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July 21, 2008 1:18:48 AM

hey guys, back again for another round =)

Got my new system up and running, was working like a dream until i installed COD4 and started playing... thats where the drama starts, but first off, system specs.

E8400 + TR 120 extreme (120mm fan also)
P5E deluxe
Antec 300 (also includes front fan and side)
Corsair 620 HX modular PSU.
4gb Ballistix memory (ddr2 800)
Asus 4870.

So neways, playing cod4, looks amazing. runs smooth as hell, until the game freezes, sound is on repeat (this is about after 45 mins of gameplay) can't do anything, had to hold the power button to kill it.

after that, boots up again normal. I notice that the gfx temp was pushing about 70 degrees celcius, so i increase the speed on the fan, so its idles at about 36 degree's under load about 40 - 50 degrees celcius.

But now the freezing has turned into a common thing. Can happen from 5 mins in a game to 30 mins in a game. Doesn't freeze with anything else.

So are there any specific steps i should take to try and find this problem? i've tried a couple of different gfx card drivers, no luck.

Any help would be greatly appriciated =)

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July 21, 2008 2:06:05 AM

Just want to note also, the system is running completely stock. No overclocking has been done.
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July 21, 2008 2:36:33 AM

When you say the system doesn't lock with anything else, have you tried other intensive 3D games?

Have you confirmed that your memory is running at the correct timings and voltage?
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July 21, 2008 3:01:00 AM

Yes i have tried others, all with the same result.

Memory is running at the correct timings, but not to sure on the voltages.
July 21, 2008 3:47:39 AM

Will do, i'll give all of that a try tonight, and post up the results tomorrow.
July 21, 2008 3:49:31 AM

I'm guessing that either the CPU or GPU is overheating. Could be bad RAM, but you'd be more likely to bluescreen instead.
July 21, 2008 3:55:08 AM

The cpu isn't overheating, i haven't seen it over 40 degrees. haven't blue screened yet either. But i'll do a mem test when i get home to, just to make sure.

July 21, 2008 3:59:57 AM

may be a bad card. It doesn't seem to be overheating. My old card an 7600gt ran at 95C during crysis and it was still fine. Your card at 40-50 is perfectly fine i have an 8800gts 512mb running at about 58at full load and 48 at idle which is condidered very cool for standard air cooling.Good luck.
July 21, 2008 4:02:34 AM

hey, it's still a new card...driver issue or bug ?
July 21, 2008 4:04:04 AM

Yeah, i was also questioning a faulty card. I'll do the Ati tool test tonight and see if i get any artifacts.

Could the card still be faulty even without artifacts showing? I'm guessing yes, but can't be 100% certain.
July 21, 2008 4:11:06 AM

It might be your onboard sound. Try updating drivers for your motherboard. Also make sure that you have disabled the sound device on the 4870 if you're not using it.
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July 21, 2008 4:11:46 AM

In most cases a faulty card will artifact, however poor drivers causing it(meaning the card is good, so make sure you also try that hotfix driver set from amd) will not.
July 21, 2008 4:14:03 AM

yeah, new card, there aren't any proper drivers for it yet if you go to the ati site. lol. just a few bouncing around.
July 21, 2008 4:15:00 AM

I tried those drivers on the weekend nuke. Still had that same problem coming up, so now im really starting to lean towards a faulty card.
July 21, 2008 11:52:57 PM

Just a quick update.

Did an Artifact test. Nothing came back. Prime95 was sweet to.

Also it hasn't frozen at all, running mint as. Guess it needed abit of "burn in" time. =/ Who knows.

Neways thanks to all that helped =)
July 22, 2008 1:04:23 AM

Saw that to, i'll definatly get them when i get home =D