#1
Hey UG,

I just upgraded my PC. I put a new motherboard in, the P5K(?) and upgraded the ram to 4 gigs. I also put windows 7 on it. It's about 6 years old. but I've been upgrading it for a while.

Now it keeps randomly restarting. I shut it off overnight and it works fine now. But, it seems the longer its on, the more frequent the restarts are, to the point where it is unusable.

I asked a friend, and he thinks it could be the power supply being too weak. I thought it could be over heating, but I doubt that is the case because it has never happened before.

any help?
#2
Well if it's 6 years old there could be some ventilation issues if the case is collecting a lot of dust and has worn fans. Clean the dust out and maybe replace the fans. Make sure your power supply, CPU, and video card are up to date as well and has working fans.

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#3
if it takes a while to shut off the first time, then quicker and quicker, something is overheating. or else my best guess is the power supply isnt strong enough.
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#5
I concluded that it is not dust. I removed all of the dust when I installed the new motherboard.

I can here my fan going right now.
#6
Defintely sounds like something overheating. get RealTemp and tell us what it says your cpu is running at.

Your fans may be spinning...but they may not be spinning fast enough.

Did you apply new thermal paste?

Does anyone know of a program that would tell him his North and South bridge temps etc.?
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#7
New mobo and more RAM? First, how powerful is your power supply if it's potentially six years old, by the way? Second, cool that shit brah. If you've only got one fan going, with new gear, that may well not cut it.

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#8
is it safe to say that it is either the fan of the power supply?

I will look into the power supply specs tomorrow.
#9
Maybe you need to clean inside your computer, there could be alot of dust in there
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#10
He said he cleaned it out when he replaced the mobo.....

I would say that it is most likely the power supply or a fan not getting up to speed.

Also, just thought of this. When my friend built his computer a little fan came with the mobo for the north bridge. In the instructions it said that this fan was to be used when watercooling the north bridge so we didn't put it on. Upon initial startup we went into bios to look at the temps and his north bridge was at 70C and climbing pretty quick. We installed that little fan and no problems after that....

So i'm saying check and make sure the mobo didn't come with fans for anything else in particular.
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I think the search bar can be used to fix it.

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#12
my guess would be the CPU overheating...

check the heat sync, thermal paste, make sure the CPU and anything cooling it is seated properly...
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I'm a nerd...I found the title amusing.

Also, this isn't some "where can i get drivers for such-and-such" or something linear like that. this problem could be a few things and he needs direct feedback from his symptoms. Now after he tries something to fix it we can see what it does and if it doesn't fix it we can deduce what is the next correct course of action.

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my guess would be the CPU overheating...

check the heat sync, thermal paste, make sure the CPU and anything cooling it is seated properly...


I still think this is the top possibility. TS, please get a program that can monitor your temps and let us know what happens. RealTemp is good, SpeedFan should also work fine, and can monitor other temps as well. Although the other temps will probably just be labeled as temp1 temp2 temp3 etc. but at least you'll know if something is overheating.
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