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Windows 7: Strange heat problem with CPU and MB

22 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp1
Strange heat problem with CPU and MB

This is a concerning issue to me, because it has now happened a few times. The problem is there does not seem to be any consistency to when it occurs.

Usually my computer is on most of the entire day. The last few months I did put a lot of stress by rendering 3d animations with CPU. Some of these renders lasted as long as 5-6 hrs at a time.

But what seems strange is that this problem is occuring now, very infrequently 2 or 3 times in the last couple of weeks without really putting much stress on the CPU. I'll just kind of notice, what I think is the fans are running loud and constant... I'll check my temps using speccy, and they are running very hot

BOTH the CPU and Motherboard are indicating these high temps

I did vacuum out any dust, I still need to get some compressed air and really get into the cpu area a little closer.

But what I don't understand, is I can power off the computer for a few minutes, turn it back on, and then not have any issues for days with it.

Here are my specs

CPU Intel core I7 2600 @ 3.4 ghz sandy bridge 32 mm
motherboard MSI67A-c43

I'd appreciate any thoughts on this.

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23 Jul 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium, x64

Two things that could be happening come to mind:
  1. Your fan(s) might be going bad and fail to run intermittently. When they do turn back on, they're playing catch up. Check your fans occasionally to ensure they're running.
  2. The thermal paste may have failed and your CPU gets spotty cooling. Pull your machine apart and reapply the paste after cleaning off the old stuff. Ensure that you get a nice, thin, even coat and wipe off any excess.

Good luck!
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23 Jul 2014   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

harleynut97 lets start with basics.
You are doing some high stress things on your computer.
When the motherboard and cpu are both getting to hot that is a good indication the the case has poor air flow.
I reviewed the case in your specs and must say it was not designed in my opinion for such work.
You don't mention what cpu cooler you are using. Please let us know what your system has.

Cooler Master: Elite 310

Rear: 120 x 25mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA (installed), or 80/90mm fan x 1 (optional)
Front: 120 x 25 mm fan x 1 (optional)
Side: 80/ 90/120 mm fan x 1 (optional)
Is their any improvement you have made to the air flow in your case.
Their are not many options.
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23 Jul 2014   #4

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp1

@layback Bear and Enoctis

Thanks for replying back... I guess the thing that continues to perplex me is why this would occur so randomly, and when I'm not doing heavyweight processing like 3d rendering. Last time it happened I think I was just browsing on the internet when I noticed it.

And upon shutting down the thing down, waiting 5 minutes, turning on...the problem doesn't occur again for quite awhile.

Layback, I am just running the stock system, so I definitely need to add more fans. It's strange they talk about this optional front fan... because I don't see anywhere on the front of this thing where a fan would go. There definitely is a large fan mount area on the side of the unit. I think I will start there and at least add one there.

EDIT... Actually after posting this I looked a little closer and there already is a fan mounted in the front of the computer. The thing I hate about this case is there is these ultra tiny air openings in the front of the computer... So I can't imagine this front fan is able to draw much air from the front of the computer.

There is a fan that cools the CPU, attached is a picture.... I watched a YT video on removing the cooler, cleaning it, and reapplying the thermal paste... truthfully it makes me a bit nervous to mess around with that... especially if I would have to remove the whole motherboard.

One question you may be able to answer... you'll notice that there is a plastic fan, and behind that the metal grill looking thing. If I remove the 4 screws that hold that fan to the grill, it would give me better access to the outside of that grill, where I can definitely see a good amount of dust building up.

My question is can I remove that black plastic fan, without having to reapply thermal paste? I'd like to at least clean the exposed side of the grill. Also, what is the best method for cleaning that grill...compressed air?

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Strange heat problem with CPU and MB-cpu_fan_web.jpg  
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23 Jul 2014   #5

Windows 10 64 bit

It looks like it has (or had) massive dust, which can cause air flow problems.

Compressed air may take care of all the dust and not have to remove the fan. But it looks like the CPU cooling fan can be removed without removing the entire CPU heatsink assembly.

I don't know where you have the PC sitting, but a computer desk compartment is bad for air flow. Sitting it on the floor or carpet is bad for collecting dust. It needs to be located where there is adequate air flow (and not hot air).
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23 Jul 2014   #6
Wandering one

Win7 sp1 Pro 64bit / XP sp2 Pro (games only)

The fan should be removeable on its own. That being said you might want to take the case outdoors to use compressed air to clean. That is going to make one big cloud when you clean.
As a side note do NOT let a fan spin with the air pressure, hold the blade with a stir stick or some other if you can't use a finger. It may sound really neat to let it spin but more than likely destroy the fan.
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23 Jul 2014   #7

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp1

@wandering one Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to stop the fan from spinning when using the compressed air

@firebird I built a wooden stand that the desktop sits on top of. It is raised about 12" off of the ground. It sits next to my desk, but not in anykind of desk compartment.

I'm going to give it a good cleaning with the compressed air tonight.
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23 Jul 2014   #8

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp1

Yep... I'd say there was some dust buildup. Not sure what is on the other side the cooler. Can anyone confirm, if you have to remove the motherboard to replace the thermal paste?

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Strange heat problem with CPU and MB-cpu_dust.jpg  
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23 Jul 2014   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Like I posted. Start with the basics. The basics here is cleaning up that mess.
The cpu cooler fan can be removed all by itself.
You can remove the cpu cooler at a later date if need be.
You can only do so much with that case but no case will work properly when very dirty.
You must clean everything in that case. I can't remember the last time I saw that much gunk stuck to a motherboard. I can't ever imagine what is stuck to the intake fan.

See if their is a way you can install a filter for the intake fan. They do make magnetic fan filters. I just saw the picture in post #8. You have 75% blockage of air flow through the cpu cooler.
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23 Jul 2014   #10

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit sp1

when I took these pics, I had used a vacume on the CPU and compressed air... that's clean now (at least the exposed side and the fan has been re-installed.

But you can see I still have to try and remove what the compressed air kicked around. But I wanted to show you these stinking little front air vents and what the front fan looks like. The same little vents are on the other side of the computer, identical to what you see.

I haven't heard of the magnetic fan filters your refering to. But maybe I can try googling it, but based on what you see on these pics... do you think it would even be possible to use it in someway?

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Strange heat problem with CPU and MB-cpu_frontair_intake.jpg   Strange heat problem with CPU and MB-cpu_frontfan.jpg  
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