Yesterday, I noticed that my computer was slowing down tremendously while I was working -- the computer seemed to be laboring with lots of hour glasses for time outs. And then after a long session, it shut down completely. I rebooted, noticed it was quite hot underneath and that the fan was not working. I replaced the hard drive less than a year ago. I also ran defrag and disk clean. Also, no virus seems to be present.
Can the fan be replaced? Or is it time to replace machine? Would that cause the incredible slow down.
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Don't try to slow down the speed if you don't know the temperature from your processor or your motherboard. Look on the web for a monitor program to see if one of them is getting real warm Like above 60 degrees Celsius. Then your fan will work as hell.
If the computer is a bit older, perhaps the cooling paste, between the processor and the cooling body on the processor is dried. Only use the correct cooling past, and not anything else. Don't allow the processor to heat up above 65 degrees Celsius, because it won't live long after that.
If you do have a monitor program, you could slow down the fan, without any risk.
PSUs get hot regardless. If it's not adversely affecting your computer (i.e. it shuts off, it slows down tremendously, etc...) then it's nothing to worry about. Remember, a lot of current goes through the PSU and that conversion of energy is going to cause heat (as a loss of energy). Especially since this is (I assume) one of the Slimline models with an external PSU it's converting AC to DC to power the unit, you're going to notice it because there's no fans running to cool it down. It's the same with any desktop model with an external PSU. I wouldn't worry about it. But if you're concerned, just make sure it's not on any carpeting, put it on a surface that will help dissipate the heat (something metal) and see if that helps at all.
Did you install many more things after you downloaded the game and before the game had gotten slow?
Sometimes games take a tremendous amount of resources from the computer, and anything else that can be running in the background such as anti-virus software can really bog the system down. If you game crashes to the desktop, this can be a sign that other programs are running and taking up to much of your resources. If you game plays fine, and then slows down after a few hours, and only a reboot will speed it up, than this can be a lack of RAM. I would suggest that you start by turning down the frame rates, and details on the game and see if this helps. Generally, games have the options to do this from the main menu. If this doesn't work, I would suggest that you turn programs off that aren't needing to continually run on the computer.
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