Flickering monitor, Freezing Computer, and Lock ups in game

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AkDang

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recently, my monitor has been flickering and then the whole computer freezes and/or the monitor just shuts off [with a soundloop of the last sound in game]

before i could play HL2, but now i cant even play Counter-Strike without this problem occuring. i used to run CS at 85 fps before but now i'm forced to run it at 60 fps because of the flickering/freezing. It still freezes at 60 fps sometimes. I tried to play Lineage II. . .same result.

i suspect that this may be overheating or my outdated hardware, but i'm not sure what to upgrade

according to EVEREST Home Edition:
OS: Win2000 Pro
CPU: Intel Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz
VGA: GeForce FX 5200 [128 MB, AGP 8x]
Memory: 512 MB [two 256MB DDR SDRAM]

Temperatures
Motherboard: 38 °C (100 °F)
CPU: 48 °C (118 °F) it goes as high as 122°F in games
Aux: 31 °C (88 °F)

is there any other info i need to provide ? what about the PSU ? [and how would i find this info?]

i only have 1 fan and it's used to cool the CPU, the video card does not have a fan, it only has a heat sink that gets really really hot. . .i touched it and could not keep my finger there for more than 2 seconds literally. I tried opening the case with a fan blowing into it. this seems to help a bit but my computer ends up freezing anyways.

i have already updated the drivers for my video card. i haven't tried to overclock anything.

Any suggestions to what i should buy ? i got alot of christmas money =) Thanks so much :eek:
 
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well if your freezing id say either the cpu or video card is gettting to hott. Id use rivatuner to monior it temps or ati tool can monitor them to see how hot the video card is getting might need to invest in a new one or least a cooler for it.
 

AkDang

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thanks for the suggestion

At this point i'm thinking of buying:
nvidia 6600GT- cheap but very effective i heard
1 gig RAM - to help relieve overheating
400W PSU - i heard my Dell Stock PSU 250W could handle more than just 250W but i don't believe that it could handle the newer VGA cards like the 6600GT

also maybe a couple of extra pci slot fans?

any better ideas? ;)
 
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Sounds like the problem could be the psu if its only 250W. I would suggest buying a whole new computer.
 
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122 C sounds a bit too hot for the CPU temp... Are all your fans working as they should? I agree that the power supply should be bumped up but I think the temp on the cpu should also be addressed. Have you cleaned out the heat syncs on the CPU lately (canned air?)
 
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Forseer said:
I would suggest buying a whole new computer.
Ummm... no, that PC still has a lot of life left in it... short of being a motherboard issue, you dont need a whoe new PC.
 
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banner he said 122f not c lol 122f is about right for cpus if it was 122c it would be melting lol. I wouldnt buy a new pc yet either it still has alot of life left. Few upgrades and it has new found power.
 
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I must have seen the 48C and not the F after the 122...lol I was having images of the processor blowing up in the case...
 
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lol oh i had a motherboard blow a mosfet it got so hot the heatsink on top of it was silver turned black and woke me up spelled so bad i had to open all windows in house.
 
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