Hello folks, i've got an issue. I play many games just fine, but for a few of them my computer will randomly black screen and restart itself at any point in the game. It has been happening for games like minimum, space engineers, and most of all battlefield 4. I have looked into it a bit and many say that it is a faulty or failing PSU. How valid does this sound? I'll attach PC details.
Since I can't send you a picture of what it says, i'll just try to describe it. this reading is from sitting at the desktop with a single google chrome window open.
In the program under readings, the right hand box in the middle is showing blue down arrows by all of the things except for my GPU, which has a little fire symbol next to it and says 52C which can't be good. what do?
I took some tests running battlefield on low graphic settings, it did not crash as before, I suspect it is due to the lowest possible settings, seeing as it crashed on medium settings. The temperatures went as follows
Over about 20 minutes of battlefield":
CPU 56 to 73
GPU 55 - 71
Core 56 - 80
I also clicked the automatic fan speed button, but it seems to only detect my gpu fan, the rest aren't registering numbers but I am positive they are working.
I dusted my case from top to bottom. Tried running battlefield, it seems that the PCU temperature went higher quicker. It got up to about 90 degrees and it shut down again. I dusted the heat sink and removed the fins and stuff to dust them more thoroughly. Perhaps a new coat of thermal paste is in order.
I checked, and the thing is there is no fan immediately attached to my heat sink. There is a fan above it, below it on the bottom of the case, to it's left, and then one on the front of the case, but none are actually attached to the heat sink. Also, the current thermal paste is very dry and when i run my finger across it, it does not move. It seems like it's very old and should be replaced. If that's the case, i'm about a ten minute drive from some arctic silver 5.