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July 18, 2009 7:43:45 PM

Hi, I have just updated my PC. The configurations are as follows:

*Intel Core 2 Quad 9400

*Motherboard XFX 750i SLI

*RAM DDR2 Transcend 2 GB

*Sapphire Radeon 4890 1 GB.

*PSU- Tharmaltake 750 W

But the problem is My PC gets freeze at the middle of operation. It is constantly happening in the middle of playing game. I am trying to play call of duty 5, but within 10 minutes it gets frozen. My PC Case does not contain any single cooler fan except fans on graphics card, processor and PSU. Is it over heating problem? Should I change my PC Case? How can I rectify this problem? Thank you

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July 18, 2009 7:48:27 PM

The motherboard probably came with some monitoring software on the driver disc, use that to check the CPU temperatures.
For the graphics I like GPUZ because it's so small, but Rivatuner is more powerful, either will record temperatures to a log so you can check them at your leisure.
For the CPU: 15-20C above ambient at a moderate (1200-1600 RPM) fanspeed is normal at idle and abut 45-55C under load. The GPU should idle at 60C or less and not exceed 80C under load.
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July 18, 2009 7:56:53 PM

Crazy idea, but how about monitoring the temperatures to actually see if it's overheating?
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July 18, 2009 8:05:13 PM

Is adding more cooler fan will solve this problem? The shop where I bought this components, it suggested me to purchase ATI recommended PC Case (http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1303&ID=14...). I have just noticed ATI Overdrive option in ATI Catalyst controller. I found some option to increase / decrease GPU and memory clock there. Should I decrease them? If so how much?
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July 18, 2009 8:17:59 PM

nahid08 said:
Is adding more cooler fan will solve this problem? The shop where I bought this components, it suggested me to purchase ATI recommended PC Case (http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1303&ID=14...). I have just noticed ATI Overdrive option in ATI Catalyst controller. I found some option to increase / decrease GPU and memory clock there. Should I decrease them?

Check your temperatures first. One way to prove if it is an overheating issue is to run an application with the case open and see if it works.
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July 18, 2009 8:25:20 PM

Before buying new hardware, check the current temperatures!
Also, in the CCC, if you unlock the Overdrive (click on the padlock icon, top left hand corner) you will be able to increase the GPU fan speed.
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July 18, 2009 9:15:58 PM

coozie7 said:
Before buying new hardware, check the current temperatures!
Also, in the CCC, if you unlock the Overdrive (click on the padlock icon, top left hand corner) you will be able to increase the GPU fan speed.


In that case it may reduce the life of GPU Fan
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July 18, 2009 9:35:59 PM

nahid08 said:
In that case it may reduce the life of GPU Fan


It that case ignore the advice everyone is giving you and spend a ton of money on lots of new stuff. :sarcastic: 
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July 18, 2009 9:44:18 PM

orangegator said:
It that case ignore the advice everyone is giving you and spend a ton of money on lots of new stuff. :sarcastic: 


That was not my intention to ignore the advice. I just mentioned the ATI's warning message while unlocking the interface.
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July 19, 2009 1:27:00 PM

@ Nahid08: I understand your concern, it will shorten the life of the fan, by how much will depend on how high it is set but they are usually good for two years or so of normal use, even at higher speeds.
Several companies make replacement coolers, so even if the fan fails, it is not a total disaster, but make sure you have registered the card to get the full warranty, check your documentation, sometimes you need to register with the manufacturer, sometimes the supplier, sometimes the importer, it depends on the country you live in.

So, back on topic: What are the temperatures or have you already resolved this issue?
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July 19, 2009 2:31:38 PM

I have not solved it yet. Now I have just checked the default temperature in Catalyst Control Center.

Temperature: 63* C to 66* C

Activity Rate: 0% to 4%

Fan Speed: 27% to 30%

All them are either increasing or decreasing.

In "Enable Manual Fan Control" option the range of fan speed is 20 to 100. By default it is set by 50%. Is there any mismatching with fan speed? Default setting is 50% but fan is running in 27% to 30% ! How much should I increase the fan?

My PC Case does not contain any single fan inside the case except the fans on Graphics card, processor and PSU. There are only two ventilator on case cover. Should I switch PC Case with better one?

I'm planning to play Call of Duty 5 with the case open. Actually, System is getting frozen only in playing game. Desktop is running well.

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July 19, 2009 2:41:11 PM

Open the CCC.
Click on 'Overdrive'.
Click on the padlock icon to unlock the overdrive. (I think you've done this;))
Click the set manual speed icon. (it's been a while since I had an ATI card, so this may not be there).
Use the slider to set the speed to 40%
Click on 'Accept'
It will only set the speed once you click 'accept'
The fan will run at this speed all the time, from the moment the drivers load, just a few seconds after the Windows welcolm sound.
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July 19, 2009 5:52:52 PM

But default set is 50%. Shall I decrease the speed to 40%? There is an icon of fan which is showing 27% to 28%. Are you saying about that icon fan? If I move the slider to right then will the speed in icon fan increase? I mean 40%.
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July 19, 2009 6:15:20 PM

g3force said:
Check your temperatures first. One way to prove if it is an overheating issue is to run an application with the case open and see if it works.


g3force you are absolutely right ! I have just played the game with case open and It really worked. I played it one and half hour smoothly with case open and nothing happened (No freeze). So, is it overheat problem? should I switch the PC Case? (Go for that Thermaltake PC Case)
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July 24, 2009 8:23:26 PM

I have that Tharmaltake Full tower Chasis and no freezing problem. The case is solved now. Thanks everyone for participating in this discussion.
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