I bought a new AMD Athlon X2 5000+ AM2, fitted it in fine and my pc runs fine.
BUT, for some reason, particular programs keep crashing after a few seconds of use.
Windows media player for example now crashes more frequently, sometimes it lets me use it, other times it just crashes out within seconds. Also 75% of the computer games i've tried crash out to the desktop.
So far i've reinstalled my GPU drivers, but that hasn't worked?
I did have a tube of thermal paste, but the heat sink already came with a layer on the bottom, so i thought that was sufficient.
I just checked my CPU temperature using Speedfan, my PC has been on since 4pm this afternoon, i'm web browsing, listening to tunes on realplayer and sending emails, current temp is 37 degrees. That's suitable i take it?
37 is not excessive. I am only guessing, but two thoughts - is your mobo up to it, as far as the CPU upgrade is concerned - and, are you sure that you have not slightly dislodged something while doing the upgrade?
I did some background checks on the board before hand, and all sources indicated towards my board being handle any of the X2 series. I don't think anything became dislodged, although it might be worth mentioning the heatsink was a 4 slot plug, and i plugged it into a 3 slot adapter on my mobo.