recently my computer has been randomly shutting off. I suspected that there was a problem with either my graphics card or power supply, so for the past couple of weeks I have been monitoring my system temperatures.
Today when i turned on my computer my HIS ati 4870 had a temperature of 115 degrees Celsius. I quickly turned of my computer and hoped it was a driver error and when I restarted my computer the temperature read a much more reasonable 60 degrees celsius. I updated my drivers and everything was normal for a couple of hours. later that day i woke my computer up from standby and again the temperature was at 119 degrees celsius. within a minute my computer crashed and when i opened my case smelt like it was almost burning, I took out my graphics card and cleaned out all the dust.
I was wondering if there is anything that I should do to stop my card from overheating and causing damage to my system. I do not have my gpu overclocked and i wasnt running any games or intenses programs when this happened.
Here is my full system
RAIDMAX RX-700SS 700W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler, free TX-2 Thermal Paste Included Inside
Does the card push the air out the back, or recycle it? If it's recycled, make sure that you have good through-case ventilation, or a fan on the side of the case near the gpu. I have 2 of those cards, and I haven't had any heat problems with their out-of-case airflow.