Heating issues, how to fix ?

  prudvi 06:03 24 Feb 2013

Hello friends,

I am a gamer. I mostly play World of Warcraft (WOW) and few other games. Lately I am not playing on my PC because of Heating issues (I think). I am not an expert when it comes to computers, which is why I am asking for your help.

Here is the Spec:

2.5 Year old - Dell Studio 1558 x64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 450 @ 2.40GHz, 2400 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series (AMD); 2.75 GB Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB Total Physical Memory 3.86 GB Available Physical Memory 1.91 GB Total Virtual Memory 7.73 GB Available Virtual Memory 5.18 GB

[Please ask me if you need more details about my PC]

I play on the lowest possible settings. The problem is my PC gets heated very quickly (15-20 mins) and FPS drops drastically from 100 to 15 and even low if played for long hours. WOW is a simple game, doesn't required high end gaming config to play wow well in high settings. They say WOW is dependent more on CPU. I think my PC is good enough to play wow on high setting without any problem.

First of all I would like to know if "Heating issues" is the main problem for poor performance ? If so please guide me on how to fix it. If not please help me find the root cause. any help will be greatly appreciated.

PS: I have spent a lot of Money to buy this so its very disappointing that its not working as it is supposed to. I took my PC to Dell service centre 3 times during warranty period. Each time they said they have fixed everything and there won't be any problem further. But they never solved this problem really. They replaced few parts and fixed heating issues (at least they said so) I am not a expert so I couldn't figure out if they really did or not. I gave up on them.

  Chronos the 2nd 06:58 24 Feb 2013

So this is a laptop and as far as I can see provided you are playing at a 1024 x 768 resolution you should be getting very good frame-rates.

You could download and use this Evga Precision which you can have show the temperature,frame-rate, GPU usage and other info on screen during gameplay. This will also keep a log of this information. This should gve you a good idea of your temps and show any problems.

  Chronos the 2nd 06:59 24 Feb 2013

PS: Change your user name from your email address to something less likely to invite spam.

  prudvi 07:24 24 Feb 2013

Yes, I am playing at 1024x768.I am not getting good frame rates. I only get good frame rates for first few minutes. after that my PC gets heated and FPS drop to 10 - 15.

I will try Evga precision and see how it can help me. many thanks for your time.

PS: changed my username :D

  Chronos the 2nd 10:31 24 Feb 2013

When you have installed Evga Precision,open it then click on the two small cog wheels in the top right hand corner. Click on Monitoring about halfway down the new box that has opened you will see a list beginning with Power and ending with Framerate. If you click on any of these and I suggest GPU Temparature go to the bottom of the box and put a tick in Show in On-Screen Display GPU usage is another one as this will tell you how hard your graphics card is working, you might want to add Fan Speed also a useful to know. Each time you click on a heading you will need to put a tick in the Show ETC box.

Whilst you are in monitoring put a tick in Log history to file and take a note of where it is placed or browse to somewhere else you would rather put it.

Next go back to the top of the whole box and click on OSD (On-Screen Display) And select which key will turn on/off the display. Make sure you choose a key that does not have use in the game you are playing.

Click OK mimimise Evga then start your game and you should see the on-screen info.

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