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a b K Overclocking
July 12, 2010 8:34:36 PM

I need some help,
when i open a game that has high graphic requirements, (i played mass effect 2). After 30 minutes of play time i started smelling something burning, it came out of my pc, and i touched the pc box and it was real hot.
now, i don't know if my fans are too weak, i have 2 fans.
someone knows what could it be?

thanks for any help

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a b K Overclocking
July 12, 2010 8:56:56 PM

What part of the box was really hot?

Can you post your full system specs for us? Also download HW Monitor and use it to keep track of your temps while you game and post the max temps here.
Anonymous
July 13, 2010 1:07:40 AM

Sounds bad, open the side of you case, switch PC on and check all fans are spinning!
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Anonymous
a b K Overclocking
July 13, 2010 5:47:21 AM

using win7 32bit

2.67 gigahertz Intel Core i7 920
Board: MSI MSI X58 Pro SLI (MS-7522) 3.0
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT

3064 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory DDR2

Slot 'DIMM0' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM1' is Empty
Slot 'DIMM2' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM3' is Empty
Slot 'DIMM4' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM5' is Empty

Temps at normal : 63 average on Processors.
63 average on graphic card

after playing for a while in mass effect 2 : 85-87 average on processors
76-80 average on graphic card
Anonymous
a b K Overclocking
July 13, 2010 5:50:30 AM

Oh and i have a window on my box so i see all fans are working.
Anonymous
July 13, 2010 8:55:23 AM

Have you got the stock cooler on the CPU, how many case fans, how are they orientated in the case.

That Idle temp is high as well as load temps..

What is the room temp?

Could be time for better case cooling and better CPU heatsink/fan

I would not stress the CPU too heavily until you solve heat issues, burning smells and case too hot to touch is not good!

GPU is average temp though.

Have you checked the CPU cooler is installed really tight, did you build this yourself?
July 13, 2010 9:06:12 AM

Check for dust, also check that you've the right voltage on all your fans in your Bios make sure they're up to speed. Also check this out, could be an airflow prob.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cases-How-to-Avo...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/ATX-Case-Cooling...
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Typical-PC-Assem...

If it is a self build did you apply thermal paste to the CPU? I'd also recommend checking the Power Supply Unit, making sure the fan is blowing the right way and that it's not that that's heating up.

a b K Overclocking
July 13, 2010 10:31:24 AM

could be an insufficiently tight fitting cpu cooler, pushpin issues are common enough.
July 13, 2010 2:22:01 PM

A cpu wont bloody burn, it will throttle well before that,

Your smell is most likely coming from your psu, what brand is it and what wattage?
PSU's are notorious for becoming smelly before they die.

Stick your nose in the exhaust fan area of your psu and have a whiff (with it turned off)


If not and you cant find it, get some one that can or take it to a shop, electrical components that smell burnt can leed to other things burning also (eg, house/you/your dog). Minute risk but still.

a b K Overclocking
July 13, 2010 5:22:35 PM

tonkatuffmofo said:
A cpu wont bloody burn, it will throttle well before that,

Your smell is most likely coming from your psu, what brand is it and what wattage?
PSU's are notorious for becoming smelly before they die.

Stick your nose in the exhaust fan area of your psu and have a whiff (with it turned off)


If not and you cant find it, get some one that can or take it to a shop, electrical components that smell burnt can leed to other things burning also (eg, house/you/your dog). Minute risk but still.


you are bloody right it wouldn't...
Anonymous
a b K Overclocking
July 14, 2010 1:45:16 PM

yup it was the Power supply, i took it to the lab and they switched it =P
thanks!
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