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AMD Athlon II X4 630 - CPU Overheating

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December 8, 2011 8:47:35 PM

I bought some parts for a computer off of Newegg a little while ago and when I turn it on, I can get to the BIOS the CPU temp gets higher then 60 degrees Celcius and shuts itself off.

My Components:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX630WFK42GM - OEM
CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ZOTAC GF6100-F-E AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 MCP Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996586
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Power Supply/Case: Athena Power CA-1015CR30 Red / Black Steel MicroATX Desktop / MicroATX Slim Computer Case 300W Power Supply

Any and all help appreciated, thanks!
December 8, 2011 8:49:03 PM

tscribano said:
I bought some parts for a computer off of Newegg a little while ago and when I turn it on, I can get to the BIOS the CPU temp gets higher then 60 degrees Celcius and shuts itself off.

My Components:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX630WFK42GM - OEM
CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ZOTAC GF6100-F-E AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 MCP Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996586
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Power Supply/Case: Athena Power CA-1015CR30 Red / Black Steel MicroATX Desktop / MicroATX Slim Computer Case 300W Power Supply

Any and all help appreciated, thanks!


My possible ideas are that it is an incorrect Motherboard or Heatsink...
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December 15, 2011 10:12:28 PM

Bump?
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December 15, 2011 10:53:31 PM

Don't bump, it's against forum rules. You should read them. I would make sure you have your HSF on correctly. Also, if you built it, did you apply the thermal compound?
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December 15, 2011 11:29:53 PM

Sorry about the bump, it won't happen again.

HSF is on correctly and yes I built it and applied "Arctic MX-4" thermal compound. The CPU temperature gets to 105 degrees Celsius and then shuts off.
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December 15, 2011 11:34:36 PM

Assuming the heatsink has been installed properly, how long were you in the BIOS before the computer shut itself off?

While in the BIOS all CPUs are running at full speed. It is not until Windows is loaded when Cool 'n Quiet and SpeedStep kicks in to lower temps.
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December 15, 2011 11:40:36 PM

When I turn it on, I go to the BIOS and go to the "PC Health" tab and I can see the CPU Temperature rise for less just over 2 minutes before it hits 105C and powers itself off. There is currently no OS installed and I intend to, in the end, have an Ubuntu Server OS running and will install that via USB. So no Windows for this one.
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December 15, 2011 11:53:35 PM

jaguarskx said:
Assuming the heatsink has been installed properly, how long were you in the BIOS before the computer shut itself off?

While in the BIOS all CPUs are running at full speed. It is not until Windows is loaded when Cool 'n Quiet and SpeedStep kicks in to lower temps.

Still, he should be able to run it @ full speed. Maybe there is too much thermal paste.
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December 16, 2011 12:07:51 AM

When I did the paste, I did a dot of about 1/8th of an inch in diameter and let the heat sink distribute it as it was installed. Should I try less? If less, what is the best way I should remove what is currently there?
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December 16, 2011 1:05:46 AM

tscribano said:
When I did the paste, I did a dot of about 1/8th of an inch in diameter and let the heat sink distribute it as it was installed. Should I try less? If less, what is the best way I should remove what is currently there?

Well, that sounds about right.... Make sure your HSF is on correctly. Mine wasn't (had one loose side) and it made a HUGE difference.
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January 25, 2012 5:45:27 AM

In an effort to close/resolve this thread I'm posting this. My issue has been resolved, I let it get to me so I bought a new HSF, installed it, and it can run, in the BIOS consistently under 40 degrees Celsius. I have a feeling the original HSF was of poor quality because, with the new one, everything runs fine.
The new HSF, a Scythe SCSK-1100, works great.
Thanks to everyone's input, I appreciated the help troubleshooting!
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January 25, 2012 1:00:06 PM

No problem. To help close a thread, you pick a best answer though.
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January 25, 2012 1:54:16 PM

Best answer selected by tscribano.
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January 25, 2012 3:29:07 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
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