Im a noob at building computers, but I like to play video games. I recently bought SC 2 and was wondering why it kept crashing. I dl'ed HWMonitor and the results shocked me. I now know why it kept crashing...the Video Card Temp was at 117 CELSIUS
Here is a read out of HWMonitor on Idle, the only thing open right now is Firefox:
Hardware monitor Fintek F8000
Voltage 0 1.70 Volts [0xD5] (VIN0)
Voltage 1 1.72 Volts [0xD7] (VIN1)
Voltage 2 1.66 Volts [0xCF] (VIN2)
Temperature 0 52°C (125°F) [0x34] (TMPIN0)
Temperature 2 35°C (94°F) [0x23] (TMPIN2)
Fan 0 1574 RPM [0x3B9] (FANIN0)
Fan 1 1157 RPM [0x511] (FANIN1)
Register space LPC, base address = 0x0290
Hardware monitor ACPI
Temperature 0 35°C (94°F) [0xC0A] (THRM)
Hardware monitor Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Temperature 0 56°C (132°F) [0x2C] (Core #0)
Temperature 1 52°C (125°F) [0x30] (Core #1)
Temperature 3 51°C (123°F) [0x31] (Core #3)
Temperature 2 52°C (125°F) [0x30] (Core #2)
In you case a good case would make a huge difference. The HAF 922 is a good choice.
Is the motherboard original or have you upgraded?
If upgraded do you plan on overclocking? If so I would recommend an aftermarket cooler.
it can be an issue for various reasons depending on your actual model. Some use BTX motherboards, some have proprietary internal connectors between the case and mobo. You need to check those out and make sure all your internal hardware is compatible with a new case.
Remove the cover and it may help to remove the video card so we can get a good look at all the connections on the board. If I dont respond back I went to bed but someone else can give you a hand if not I will post first thing in the morning. Also if you can get a picture of the back of the all drives to make sure they arent proprietary, they probably arent but better to make sure. I know Dell had alot of proprietary drives but im not sure about HP.
Yes, the new case will do you a lot of improvement as far as the temperatures go. And you could dust off your gpu cooler. Just as a generality, use a can of compressed air and blow inside and out of the cooler.
it looks like a regular mATX board so it should fit into a new case
I am not sure if the link I posted is the same board quicksilver has or not. It is the only thing I could find that was close to what quicksilver posted from cpuz. That is why I wanted to see pics. It would be a good comparison.
do you think if i get a new case it will drop my Video Card temp? Like I said its running 107-108 C idle! that is ridiculously high! would a new case w. good fans cure the problem?
will the temps drop? sure
first i would take a side panel off your case and stick a desk fan next to your PC and see how that does, if your GPU does not drop to a reasonable temp then you have a more serious issue with it then case airflow.