Hello all, new to the forum. I hope I posted this is in the correct category.
I'm in need of some help.
I bought a used PC from a friend but since I've had it it hasn't worked as it should.
As the title suggests, my CPU (AMD Athlon II X4 620) is getting very hot and I'm not sure why - even when idling in Windows.
Lack of cooling? I have 2 after-market fans and a Artic Freezer 13 Heatsink/Fan, I cleaned this out today and removed dust.
While I had it off I looked at the Thermal Paste, which had too much on so I cleaned it off and re-applied it.
Also, I think my CPU has some self-protection installed because my PC just dies when the cpu gets to ~100c.
After putting the thermal paste on again - 2 grains of rice, spread over the cpu with an old credit card - I expected the temps to be high as the paste has to bed in, however, It will load windows and on CoreTemp I just watch my CPU temp go up....90...91...92...etc.
I've also gone into BIOS and set everything to default - no luck
and then I lowered the voltage and CPU speed frequency, but it still just kills itself in an attempt to lower temps.
The only thing I can think of is a) broken CPU or b) Heatsink isn't fitted right.
All the screws are in securely on the heatsink and it seems stable?
I've seen the computer working fine round my friends, so why not now?
Any ideas guys?
Thanks for help, it's really appreciated.
1. Contact the seller(your friend) and find out if he had such issues with it previously.
2. It's usually only one grain of rice not two (when applying thermal paste)
3. Are you sure it is fitted on correctly?
4. Is it getting enough ventilation. Also check your temps in the BIOS menu too.
5. Try to remove the CPU and re fit it again VERY GENTLY!
6. The CPU is faulty