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  1. Butler2012

    Butler2012 Thread Starter

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    My specs are:

    EVGA nForce 790i SLI FTW Motherboard, 775 socket
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Processor
    1 tb hard drive
    4 gb ddr3 RAM 1337MHz
    GeForce 260 GPU

    I've been having computer problems that I've never seen or heard about before, so I'm appealing to the forums for help.

    My computer shut down one night, and wouldn't start again. When I attempted to start it, I heard the short, everything-is-okay confirmation beep, but then the problems started. The text for the bios showed up incredibly slowly, a letter at a time. Shortly after this, the computer would simply shut down. I initial reaction was (for whatever reason) that this is a heating problem, as dust and internal temperature have constantly been a problem for my computer.

    So I replaced the heat-sink and a fan as they both were pretty cheap. So I now have Corsair H50 liquid cooling system for my CPU. I noticed, however, in my experimentation that my CPU heated up very, very quickly. I'm not sure if this is common place for CPUs, but we're talking cool to too hot to touch in less than 20 seconds.

    After installing the new heat sink, i tried to start my computer again, but to the same, exact issue is occuring, except that the BIOS text is showing up less quickly, but the computer is staying on longer. The water-bearing chord gets hot again rather quickly. I guess I'm just not sure how quickly a CPU is supposed to heat up.

    I then tried a different a different PSU and I thought that was the issue. I purchased a new, but identical power supply but to no avail.

    Am I right to think that this is a CPU issue? Is there anything I can do to test out that hypothesis before purchasing a new CPU?

    Thanks so much for your time and your ideas.

    PS I cannot enter BIOS or setup, though I haven't attempted to run a boot disk, but I don't think that I would be able to get that far.

    PPS: I have tested my memory and tried the "remove everything unessential" tip and it doesn't change any results.
     
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    If you turned on the computer with no CPU cooler, yes they do heat up very quickly; so "too hot to touch in less than 20 seconds" is normal.

    The "text for the bios showed up incredibly slowly, a letter at a time" problem doesn't seem CPU related. Have you tried resetting the CMOS with the reset jumper?
     
  3. Butler2012

    Butler2012 Thread Starter

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    I haven't reset the jumper, but I have pressed the "cmos reset" button multiple times and done a battery pull reset. Is the jumper near the battery?
     
  4. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    I think the reset button does the same thing.
     
  5. Butler2012

    Butler2012 Thread Starter

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    So then what do you suggest?
     
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