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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey everyone!

 

So for a while now my 3-4 year old PC has been acting up every now and then, the occasional freezes, occasional blue screens of death and crashes during gaming etc.

It also gets really loud and hot whenever I play basically any game, so I thought i might have to upgrade at least the cooler,

and I thought I'd ask in here for some help.

 

Specs:

 

AMD FX-8350 CPU (~30-35°C idle, ~70°C load) with stock cooler (as far as I know)

 

AMD Radeon Sapphire R9 380 Nitro GPU (~49°C idle, ~76°C load)

 

MSI 970A-G46 Motherboard (~47°C idle, ~75°C load)

 

16,0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (11-11-11-28) RAM

 

236GB Intenso SSD Sata III ATA Device (SSD)

931GB Seagate ST1000DX001-1NS162 ATA Device (SATA)

 

MS-Tech CA-0300 NG Case

 

Games and such mostly run smoothly on pretty high / highest settings, but the occasional freezes, blue screens and the noise and heat when gaming are what made me write this.

Also while I liked the case when I bought the PC, a new case would be pretty welcome, but my focus is on getting the thing quieter and cooler in general.

 

Any Advice is welcome ^^

 

Edit: It isn't really the heat bothering me, but the noise is just too much and I was going to buy open-back headphones, so it's just really distracting and annoying all the time.

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I guess the thermal paste between the CPU cooler and CPU just dried up.


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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If you're satisfied with its performance you can just clean every thing good, reapply thermal paste on the CPU cooler, reinstall windows fresh new, maybe a new better SSD for boot drive and that's it.

 

Overclock every thing once done too... there is no easy upgrade path in here because to make anything meaningful you'd kinda have to start over with current day components.


Workstation Rig:
CPU:  Intel Core i9 9900K @5.0ghz  |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Dark Rock 4 |~|  MOBO: Asus Z390M ROG Maximus XI GENE |~| RAM: 32gb 3333mhz CL15 G.Skill Trident Z RGB |~| GPU: nVidia TITAN V  |~| PSU: beQuiet! Dark Power Pro 11 80Plus Platinum  |~| Boot: Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2X4TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Iron Wolf + 2X2TB SSD SanDisk Ultra |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Acer Predator X34 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
 
Personal Use Rig:
CPU: Intel Core i9 9900 @4.75ghz |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Shadow Rock Slim |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z390M Gaming mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3400mhzCL15 Viper Steel |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti |~| PSU: beQuiet! Straight Power 11 80Plus Gold  |~|  Boot:  Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2x2TB SanDisk SSD Ultra 3D |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Viotek GN34CB 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.


HTPC / "Console of the house":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

If you're satisfied with its performance you can just clean every thing good, reapply thermal paste on the CPU cooler, reinstall windows fresh new, maybe a new better SSD for boot drive and that's it.

 

Overclock every thing once done too... there is no easy upgrade path in here because to make anything meaningful you'd kinda have to start over with current day components.

Thanks for the suggestion! How exactly does reapplying thermal paste and reinstalling windows help btw? (not doubting you, just want to understand it properly)

 

And yeah i understand the thing about the upgrade path, the Motherboard doesn't have great compatibility for a lot of current-day CPU's etc

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Just now, nekooo said:

Thanks for the suggestion! How exactly does reapplying thermal paste and reinstalling windows help btw? (not doubting you, just want to understand it properly)

Thermal paste dries out and thus loses thermal conductivity. Reinstalling windows can help because then parts of code slowing your computer down are deleted.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, LePips said:

Thermal paste dries out and thus loses thermal conductivity. Reinstalling windows can help because then parts of code slowing your computer down are deleted.

Thanks! What would you suggest to do about the noise though?

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, LePips said:

Was it always this loud or has it become louder over time?

 

It's become louder & hotter over time, It's been like this for not so long, not even a year I believe.

Also the freezes/crashes started at a similar time as far as I can remember.

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