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[Solved] Buzzing noises at Windows startups and games are crashing. Help!

#46 User is offline TmEE 

Posted 03 March 2013 - 04:33 AM

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BE careful with arctic silver as it has some conductivity at high freqs and putting it too much on a chip die will result it spreading to the few components around the die and that can cause instability issues. I have seen several GFX cards and laptops that no longer work because of it (until you wash it off and apply sane amount of the paste). You don't need a lot.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:57 PM

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View Postacrazyplayer, on 03 March 2013 - 04:21 AM, said:

Yeah that Arctic Silver 5 will work fine, there isn't much of a difference between all of the good ones like you said. If it gets good reviews then that's what matters.

It has an average rating of 5/5 on Amazon with over 40 reviews so I probably have nothing to worry about.

View Postacrazyplayer, on 03 March 2013 - 04:21 AM, said:

BTW you could push "Alt + Tab" to switch out of the full-screen game to check the temperature program. I did some looking and found that your gfx card should idle at anywhere around 40 degrees Celsius and gets as hot as 75 C *normally*. I wouldn't doubt it though if yours is getting much hotter

Noted. I'll keep this in mind next time I play a game.

View PostTmEE, on 03 March 2013 - 04:33 AM, said:

BE careful with arctic silver as it has some conductivity at high freqs and putting it too much on a chip die will result it spreading to the few components around the die and that can cause instability issues. I have seen several GFX cards and laptops that no longer work because of it (until you wash it off and apply sane amount of the paste). You don't need a lot.

I plan to apply very little paste and follow the instructions in the video I posted.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:11 AM

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My computer is fixed. By replacing the thermal compound paste and getting rid of a ton of dust from my graphics card, my computer works better than it has in quite awhile. To test my graphics card, I just played six levels and two boss battles in Sonic Generations as Modern Sonic. It ran at 60 FPS around 90% of the time and the game didn't crash. :D Makes me wonder if I should open up and clean some of my other computer components. I'll post pictures later of what my graphics card looked like before I cleaned its insides. It looked absolutely disgusting and there was very little paste protecting the golden shiny thing in my card. Thank you acrazyplayer and one of my rl friends for mentioning the possibility of my thermal compound paste being dried up. I didn't even know about that stuff until you guys mentioned it.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:20 AM

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It's no problem at all and I'm glad you got it all fixed for only a small amount of money.

congratulations!

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 04:23 AM

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The fan replacement cost me around $7 and the paste cost me around $8, so I only spent around $15-16 to repair my computer and it's probably in a better state than it has been in years. Not bad, especially since I can't imagine how all of this would've cost if I had a professional try to fix my PC issues. Oh, and rubbing alcohol to help clean my graphics cost cost me $1.07.
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