Yeah -- have you looked at the temps while just sitting in the BIOS? And when you get into Windows (assuming you still can)? It could be you need to pull the heatsink, clean off it and the CPU, and replace it with fresh thermal paste.FuturePastNow wrote:Those systems aren't going to really tax the output of even a generic PSU. I'd check, in order- heat, RAM, PSU, HDD.
dnath wrote:When the system boots, and is running, the CPU cooler is fine to touch,
Very true. And in any case, why rely on a mere touch test when the numbers are available? Especially when a system has been giving you problems? The CPU doesn't care what your fingers feel: if it is seeing a hotspot and shutting down, that will show up in the numbers. (Could even be a bad thermal sensor, though that's unlikely)bdwilcox wrote:That doesn't mean the CPU cooler is correctly seated. In fact, a poorly seated cooler will be cooler than a properly seated one since the lack of contact won't allow proper heat transfer from the CPU to the cooler.
The second one had a bad Windows installation, so I did a reinastall and it is fine and stable now.