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  Reply # 375242 1-Sep-2010 11:29
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HWMonitor will give you the temps of all sensors in your system. It's a great tool and a must-have in my opinion.

Can you run it when your fans are next high and take a screencap? That'll help pinpoint the thing going to a high temp causing the fans to speed up (assuming there's not a faulty sensor/fan in the system)

You could also look at using the ThrottleStop utility which you can use to undervolt your CPU. This can help it run much, much cooler. The only "risk" with doing this is to set it too low and your PC will crash. Once you find a lower voltage that's stable though, it works well, keeps your system cooler and lengths battery life on laptops. And it's free! I use it on two systems with fantastic results.

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  Reply # 375411 1-Sep-2010 18:14
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Right, so I checked my capacitors. Yes, all of them. They're fine. There is no bulging and/or electrolyte oozing.

@muppet I downloaded HWMonitor as you suggested. Here is a screenshot (taken when fans were overreacting as requested):



I also downloaded ThrottleStop, ran it, and got the error "CPU not supported". Frown

Was that program designed for laptops only?

Oh and please feel free to recommend PSUs which would be compatible with my GX280.

Cheers for the help guys, keep it coming.

EDIT: Thought I should probably let you know that the fan noise increases when watching videos now. Not HD videos. A typical Youtube flv for instance. This never used to happen but is now a regular occurrence.

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  Reply # 375537 1-Sep-2010 23:57
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I believe the tower version takes a standard ATX PSU.

Perosnally , I'd go with a brand name modular PSU, but you could really get away with throwing anything in there as long as the wattage is equal or greater than what is currently has.

You can get a 550w modular for under $150, otherwise your looking at $40-50 upwards for non modular.





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  Reply # 375619 2-Sep-2010 10:26
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I like the sound of a brand name modular PSU. Don't worry about the cost. Feel free to recommend higher-end if they will do the better job. I'll pay top dollar if it will help to improve my overall system performance.

Also, where should I be looking to buy the PSU from? Ascent? Playtech?

And lastly, are they easy to install? Would I need to take my PC in to somewhere to get it installed, or could I do it myself?



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  Reply # 375689 2-Sep-2010 12:03
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It appears your CPU is old enough to not support reading the temp from it. Which is a hassle, but I guess it's not that causing the fans to run high.

Sorry, I'm out of ideas!

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  Reply # 376043 2-Sep-2010 23:45
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TomHax: I like the sound of a brand name modular PSU. Don't worry about the cost. Feel free to recommend higher-end if they will do the better job. I'll pay top dollar if it will help to improve my overall system performance.

Also, where should I be looking to buy the PSU from? Ascent? Playtech?

And lastly, are they easy to install? Would I need to take my PC in to somewhere to get it installed, or could I do it myself?



I'd recommend Computer Lounge.. They are the highest rated online store on GPforums (which has a HUGE user base)

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=6477

You should be able to install it yourself, its pretty easy.






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  Reply # 376904 5-Sep-2010 15:35
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You're not gonna believe this. My PC has now died. It won't even boot. I'm having to post this from another PC.

It goes to the BIOS, and I get the following message:

"Drive 0 not found : Serial ATA, Sata -0. Strike the F1 key to continue".

My PC is now absolutely unusable. I think I'm going to have to call some professionals to see if I can have it properly serviced.

If I'm being honest though, I think it's time to buy a whole new PC.

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  Reply # 377052 6-Sep-2010 08:10
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TomHax: You're not gonna believe this. My PC has now died. It won't even boot. I'm having to post this from another PC.

It goes to the BIOS, and I get the following message:

"Drive 0 not found : Serial ATA, Sata -0. Strike the F1 key to continue".

My PC is now absolutely unusable. I think I'm going to have to call some professionals to see if I can have it properly serviced.

If I'm being honest though, I think it's time to buy a whole new PC.


Caps can die withotu visibly dying. Given the propensity for that model to have capacitor issues and it dying totally, I'm still going to lean in that direction.

If you can find a new motherboard to take a P4 CPU & DDR2, you should just need a new case & motherboard to keep going on. But an upgrade would probably be well worth it if you have the dinero.








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  Reply # 379135 12-Sep-2010 21:09
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Alright well I bought a new PC.

Here are the specs:

Processor: AMD Phenom II Hexa-Core X6 1055T 6x 2.8GHz/6x 3.33Ghz Turbo Socket AM3 9MB Cache
Motherboard: AMD 880G SB710 AM3 Ready DDR3-1333
RAM: 8GB DDR3-1333 Dual Channel Low Latency Memory
HDD: 1TB SATA II 7200RPM
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD4250 Graphics onboard up to 512MB of memory shared
DVD: 24X Dual Layer DVD-RW

It's a beast. I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Feels good to have a brand new fresh machine. Should keep me going for a while without too many problems.

Thanks all for the help and advice. I really appreciated it. :)





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