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serious graphical and overheating(?) problems. please help

by lemonsworth / January 2, 2012 6:29 PM PST

A while back small green dots started showing up in my games. They weren't on the screen, but on the textures. And they showed up in several games so i know it wasn't a problem with them. After a while the dots dissapeared and insted the screen started to snow little black dots, sometimes light sometimes heavly. This was usualy fixed by restarting, and only showed up in a few games. However, a little while after that the models and textures started to tear and streak. Im prety shour its a heat issue, but i dont know with what. I'v cleaned out the cpu and the graphics card but its still happening. This is a screenshot of the most reacent event.
as for my compuers specs:
Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit SP1
Intel Pentium E5200 @ 2.50GHz 62 °C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
3.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz (6-6-6-18)
CM2017 (1280x1024@60Hz)
ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (ATI AIB) 57 °C
Hard Drives
78GB Seagate ST380013A ATA Device (PATA) 52 °C
156GB Maxtor Maxtor 6Y160M0 ATA Device (SATA) 68 °C
156GB Seagate ST3160812AS ATA Device (SATA) 48 °C
Optical Drives
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
AMD High Definition Audio Device

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More shots
by lemonsworth / January 2, 2012 6:48 PM PST
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Sys issue(s)
by pgc3 / January 3, 2012 12:22 AM PST
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And what is your PSU capability?

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by lemonsworth / January 3, 2012 3:45 AM PST
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It's a 500W

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When I add it up.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2012 3:57 AM PST
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Looks cramped. 4 HDDs is a tip off something is a miss. Any chance of

1. Doing the heat sink compound work?
2. Pulling back to a single HDD?

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Heat, stress, etc.
by pgc3 / January 3, 2012 4:31 AM PST
In reply to: 500W

As Bob and Willy stated, cleaning, heatsink compound are maintenance procedures that could help. But it sounds as if you have the sytem loaded up a bit, especially if you are trying to overclock. I am still suspicious of the PSU as to adequacy, that is not to say it might not be another hdwe issue. 500W might not be sufficient to the task.

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The usual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2012 12:23 AM PST

1. Remove the side cover and point a fan at the machine. (done)
2. Replace the heat sink compound on all heat sinks.
3. Replace all failed fans.

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Heat stress
by Willy / January 3, 2012 4:02 AM PST

The issue with heat problems, the damage may already been done. Heat stress finds the weakest link and once you correct for it as in cleaning, it maybe too late. I can suggest you continue to maintain a clean system but overall, if the problem persists only a replacement may do. The bits of color or streak so whatever is called, "artifacts" that found a poor or lacking video card that can't keep up or has started to breakdown. Cooling becomes all too inm important so that should be present before the problems start. Some fixes have already been provided, if they don't correct it or lessen the problem, then it maybe time to swap out the video card. While a PSU may be a cause if the power isn't present to drive the video card as well. Here you get a larger PSU that's more capable to handle the heat as it too can fall to heat stress.

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