Need Help, poss. heating issue, PC shutting down without warning

OkamiOkami On the internet nobody knows you're a dog. Nobody.Land of Ports, OreganoRegistered User regular
I'm back again, with an all new and much more serious problem and I have no idea what to do about it anymore.

I installed win7 finally and for the last week or so everything's been peachy keen. Until I tried placing my previous boot disk in the PC as a slave so I could retrieve some old program files I neglected to save elsewhere. Well it failed to start up with the old HDD in, I tried swapping it as the master and disconnecting all other drives (as it still has an install of winXP on it), still would not boot. I tried reconnecting it through the IDE raid controller pci card that it was previously hooked up to (due to my mobo only having one IDE port that was previously in use by my old CD drive). Checked the bios each time and it was not recognizing the old HDD.

I gave up, deciding I was SOL on those old files. Plugged the correct HDDs back in started it up and then it powered down in the middle of start up. Kept trying, and it kept failing either shortly after windows started or just before. I checked all plugs, jiggled and pushed them in to make sure they weren't the problem, started again, and failed shortly after windows loaded.

I got my boyfriend to poke in it a bit since he's a bit more tech savvy than I am, after a few minutes of poking about inside the case he somehow got it to start up and run normally. I let it idle while I went to shower, by the time I got out, it had shut down again. Started it back up, let it idle and went about other things and it shut down sometime after a few hours. Basically continuing this all night and this morning with each time between shut downs increasing or decreasing somewhat. Sometimes significantly to the point of shutting down within seconds of powering on.

This is my motherboard http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3013#ov
The component that reads "gigabyte" feels fairly hot compared to the rest of the system which all feels fairly cool. Not quite burning hot, I can rest my hand on it just fine, but it's very noticeably warm. It sits next to my RAM, possibly the cause of my RAM also feeling fairly warm.

After a ten minute rest and starting up with a stand up fan pointed directly at this area on high, I'm fairly certain there's a heating issue focused to my mobo. My concern is am I going to have to replace my motherboard to fix this?

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    CheesecakeRecipeCheesecakeRecipe "Should not be allowed to post in the Steam Thread" - Isorn Squalor Victoria, Squalor Victoria!Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    A nice simple program to check temps as well as monitor other functions is Speccy, I'd suggest downloading that and running it and keeping an eye on the temps there. A green number for a temp will be the best possible outcome, yellow is still within safe, orange would be considered dangerous and a possible problem. Try watching that for a bit to see if there is a sudden spike in temps or if they are just always that high.

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    OkamiOkami On the internet nobody knows you're a dog. Nobody. Land of Ports, OreganoRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Ran for 1 hour idling with the fan pointed at it, shut down, felt cool inside so I turned it on and went into the bios to monitor the rising temperatures as it warmed up.

    CPU temp rose to 119 C before shutting down. It is a heating issue. Apparently the thermal paste holding the processor fan to the processor according to my boyfriend.

    So problem solved for now until we apply new thermal paste and see how it does.

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    eelektrikeelektrik Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    119 C? Shit, I thought mine hitting 80 was bad. And Ive been having various crashes and freezes as is.

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