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My PC keeps breaking CPU cooler

This is the third one that just broke this week - PC does fine for a year or so, then PC starts overheating then i have to replace the CPU cooler. Is it bad luck or something wrong? I am not buying the cheap kind either.
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Cubbybulin

8/22/2022 - Mon
Gregory_V

What kind of PC, Motherboard, processor are we talking about?  How hot is the system getting, and what part of the cooler is failing?

I had a string of defectives from a store once several years ago.  Bad fan bearings, had sat on the shelf one too many years.

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Intel BOXD945PVSLKR LGA 775 Intel 945P ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Pentium D 830 Smithfield 3.0GHz LGA 775 Dual-Core Dual Core, EM64T, Processor
Gets 180 then it shuts down - this one makes really bad noise, looks like the fan blades are not working, they dont spin too fast, the previous two were spinning, but PC kept shutting off becuase of overheating, and when i replaced the CPU cooler, it went fine for another year, then same thing over again. Seems like they only last 1 or 1.5 years for me. I never had this problem with any other computers.
Craig Bowman

I gotta ask... you are using thermal paste right?
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Yes, using thermal paste   :)
Craig Bowman

what kind of cooler was it?
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This is the first one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835193001
Second one i cant remember, third one i cant tell right now, (PC is at home I am at work) but it got really good reviews, and was over $150
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Zahersyed

Most of the new CPU fans come with termal paste pre applied to them. Make sure your fan has termal paste on it. Also check if your fan is compatible with the processor speed and not socket type. You didnt mention the type of CPU cooler you are using. Intel stock fans are huge but  they do the job and last long, I would avoid cheap fans.
Craig Bowman

Regardless you should not have to spend that much on a new combo,  if the fan is giving you problems I would replace it with another 80mm or 120mm fan (whatever is on it now)  and save yourself some money.
keep the heatsink and replace that fan for cheap.  It is more than likely you have just had some bad luck with lemons.
Gregory_V

Sounds like there's something else going on in the case as well.

If the system is cooking, then it maybe time to add additional fans to the case to bring more airflow through the system.  On a custom case, it shouldn't be a problem to snap a fan into one of the empty fan slots.  On another case you could add a slot fan.

Is the computer in an enclosed area or in the open?
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Gary Case

A Pentium-D 830 is a 130w processor -- so you need a heatsink that's designed for cooling a high-power CPU.   Many are not.

Use a top-line heatsink like this excellent Zalman unit and you won't have any problems:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019

If you don't want to spend that much, this will also work well (but the 9700 is a better unit):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118036
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its in an open area - thing is i dont even use too many applications on it, lately its just internet explorer and skype. When i get back i will report on what kind of cooling system i have.
Gary Case

Note that if you've consistently overheated your CPU it may be damaged.    Virtually ANY new Core-architecture CPU will easily outperform an 830 ... you may want to consider upgrading your system with a new motherboard, CPU, & memory.    The Core architecture CPU's are much lower power as well -- a fairly low-end CPU like a dual-core Pentium E5300 (only $67.99 including a heatsink/fan) has double the performance of your D-830 [PassMark of 1729 vs. 804 for the D-830] and uses a maximum of 65 watts (1/2 the power of the D-830).    For ~ $250 you could get a new motherboard, CPU, and memory and significantly boost your system's performance.
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Ok Its an Ultra Chilltech cooler. Looks just like this: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4143848&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE    might not be the exact same model but i know i paid about $150 for it
Gary Case

That's an excellent cooler  ==> you either have a damaged CPU, or the cooler wasn't installed correctly (either not seated well or you didn't apply the thermal compound correctly.
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Yes but it was fine for a 1.5 year - if it was not installed correctly - wouldn't have it broken sooner? It seems my fans last for a year or so.
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Thanks  i think its time for me to upgrade