Hello to all.
i have a brand new computer. i like to play once in a while needs for speed game.the problem is that after 5 minutes playing the game the pc shut down by itself and i have to wait 3 to 4 minutes to turn it back on.it only happens with this game .i also run flight simulator for hours without problems.
the system is :
Intel core 2 duo cpu
EDIT: oops, I'm guilty of skimming your post and missed the part about it only happening in Need for Speed and not Flight Sim. Still though sounds very much like a heat issue to me! CPU-Z and GPU-Z will give you quick numbers that you can compare with online for average/safe temps.
You're probably over heating. What are you using for cooling the processor and case? Is the case inside a cabinet or in the open? Room temperature? What's happening is your CPU and GPU get running at full speed and are generating much more heat than when they idle, and the sensors are shutting the system down to prevent perma damage.
Easy way to test this is to pop the side of the case off and fire up the games again and see if it shuts down as fast. If they go longer with the side of the case off then it's definitely a heat issue since the heat won't be trapped in the case with the side off. Point a fan at the open side too if you want.
If it is heat there's a bunch of things you may need to do. re-seat the CPU/heatsink, add fans, etc.
Another thing to consider is teh brand of PSU you are using. A poor quality PSU could be an issue as well, but it's faster and easier to check heat first. Download CPU-Z and GPU-Z for quick numbers as well on heat.
Motherboard can also be an issue that causes rebooting likes this. I had 2 dell's that would just randomly reboot. I swapped out everything, until I narrowed it down to the motherboard. ECS and Foxconn for the loss :|
^lol if thats all there is on the psu itself, I'd say it's PoS and can't handle the load when the gpu kicks in, Flight simulator is so cpu bound that it doesn't really put that much load on the gpu. Though the X1650 only draws about 50W but that might be enough for the psu to trip...
Get something with decent brand, Corsair, Antec, PC Power&Cooling, Silverstone, OCZ, Enermax or something similar around 400-500W range.
i just open the case and found the processor loose. i bring this machine on a plane and maybe the shaking loose the processor.i also install a pci fan and is working like a champ. thanks to all for the help.