Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

I can't play graphically intensive games anymore without my PC shutting itself off.

  1. Feb 5, 2010 #1
    I've owned my Gateway FX6710-01 gaming desktop for a little over a year. I used to be able to play games such as Crysis, STALKER Clear Sky, Far Cry 2, CoD 5 World at War, for as long as I wanted without having to worry about my computer shutting itself down because my graphics card is reaching critical temperatures.

    Now, I can only play older, DirectX9 games, which don't heat up my graphics card past 110 *C. My CPU temperature is normal, the highest I've seen it (according to CPUID HW manager) is 45 *C. Which is a bit warm, but well below a temperature where the BIOS chip would have to shut it down to prevent it from getting damaged/fried.

    My GPU has NOT been overclocked, it is running on its stock speeds. It is using it's stock air cooler. Under the terms of warranty, I cannot RMA my GPU, as I did not purchase it individually. I bought my PC as a whole, from an electronics store.

    I can't run Crysis, STALKER Clear Sky, or anything, for more than 20-30 minutes without my computer shutting itself off. The only game I can play is Battlefield 2.

    What should I do? If I remove the heatsink, reapply the thermal paste, my warranty is out the drain! Then my stepfather could become violent because then he would have to use money.

    My guess is that my card is starting to die. Which I expected because of the inexplicable temperatures. I'm surprised that it lasted as long as it did. Do I have to wait for it to burn itself out to have it replaced under warranty? Should I keep a fire extinguisher next to me?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 5, 2010 #2

    turbo

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: I can't play graphically intensive games anymore without my PC shutting itself of

    Open the case, and clean out all the dust. Vacuum out the heat-exchanger and fan in your power supply. I don't mean with one of those wimpy hand-held computer fans. Get out your mom's Electrolux, fit the crevice nozzle on the hose, and clean that sucker. Also clean out the vents on the FRONT side of your PC's case. The air has to come in somewhere, and no matter how clean the fan and exhaust vents are, if the inlets are blocked, your PC will overheat. Last, pull the GPU board, clean it up well, and re-install it. When re-installing a board that hasn't been touched for a while, it is a good idea to put it in the socket and remove it a couple of times, with whatever amount of "play" you could manage, in the process. This wipes the contacts and can resolve some hair-pulling problems (faults that seem to have no rational cause). Good luck.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2010 #3
    Re: I can't play graphically intensive games anymore without my PC shutting itself of

    I've cleaned it out thoroughly with a can of pressurized air. It doesn't help AT ALL with temperatures.
     
  5. Feb 5, 2010 #4

    Dembadon

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    Re: I can't play graphically intensive games anymore without my PC shutting itself of

    Find the make and model for your video card and do a google search on overheating issues. Wouldn't hurt to do so for your model Gateway either. The cooling system for your tower may be poorly designed. Design flaws with specific models will likely be mentioned by others somewhere.

    I had an NVIDIA 8800 GT OC2 which had problems with overheating. I found that the solution was removing a sticker which was poorly placed by the manufacturer (on the fan). Since doing so I have not had any problems with the card.

    I'm not saying that this is the fix for your particular issue, just that some digging will likely yield some useful tips in addition to what turbo has suggested.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook




Similar Discussions: I can't play graphically intensive games anymore without my PC shutting itself off.
Loading...