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Hugenstein

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I just got a custom-built computer on Friday. Worked fantastic for the first 4 days, but yesterday it started dying with no warning. Hard drive stops spinning (if spinning), no more video or sound. Lights still on and fan still running. I restarted it and it does the same thing, it runs for a variable length of time then dies. At one point, after shutting it down, it tries to restart itself, then stops. Starts, then stops. I unplug it for minute, and then it'll start up all the way, but then cut out after a few minutes.

Does it sound like a power supply or software?

I'm so bummin'. The machine was a monster when running.

:confused: :(
 

~Candy~

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Hi and welcome. Fan on cpu spinning? Could be overheating cpu?
 

Hugenstein

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Thanks for the reply, first off. I knew I would be doing a ton of gaming, so I had four fans put on the case. They all keep spinning after the "blackout". With all the air getting sucked out of that case, I would guess it's suffering from oxygen depravation if it were organic. The more posts I read, the more I fear its a power supply or MB issues. Both of which blow since I want to be playing games this weekend!! I need to get a life.

Thanks.
 
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Yes, there may be a place in the systems bios you can monitor the processors heat, take a look. On some systems there is an alarm that goes off if the system overheats. I think that if the hard drive stops spinning it would be more of a power supply issue. Did this new system come with some kind of warranty? If so take it back to the shop and let them find out whats wrong.
 

Hugenstein

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AcaCandy, you are the man. I let my computer go black like it has been and no more that 5 seconds later the cpu fan would stop turning. I'm not sure if it's a chicken or the egg thing, but when I tried to restart it and it wouldn't boot, I noticed the fan would never start turning. The company's sending a new CPU fan. Hopefully that'll do it...
 

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Yes, some systems are designed to shut down to preserve the cpu from overheating and/or burning up if the fan stops spinning. So I suggest you stop playing around with it until the fan arrives ;)
 
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Hope that works out for you, as it does sound like an overheating issue to me. AIDA32 will give you a CPU temp. If the new CPU fan does the trick, I would suggest downloading it & check the temps before & after a bit of gaming.
 
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