(My apologies if this is the wrong forum section)
I have recently been confronted by two problems with my computer, which I purchased two years ago. These are my specs
Quadcore Intel i7 860 @ 2.80Ghz
ATi Radeon HD 5770 1GB
4GB of DDR-3 RAM
500 GB SATA hard drive
Running Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Whenever rendering videos (Adobe Premire & Sony Vegas) or playing games (Battlefield 3) my computer suddenly shuts off.
I thought it might be a heat problem so I ran Real Temp while playing BF3, and saw that the tempereature on all cores was hitting 99 degrees celcius. This is of course pretty dangerous and so I decided to clean the fan and heat grill, but this didn't help.
Do you think such problems and high temperature have damaged my CPU? I really hope not... Please advise.
I guess I might need to add some thermal paste, as it seems very dried up and there are only a few patches here and there. I ordered some online but it might take a while to arrive.
The other problem is that my graphics card seems to be a bit outdated and I cannot play games such as Battlefield 3 on maximum settings, which is a bit of a problem seeing as I purchased this computer for gaming.
Now my question is, do you think it would be wise to simply buy two more sticks of 2GB ram, and upgrade the GPU instead of buying a new PC? Buying a new computer would mean waiting qutie a while, because for less than 500-600 euros I won't find anything decent.
However, if I were to upgrade what (releatively cheap) GPU could run BF3 on maximum? And I'm worried that my CPU might be damaged... What do you think?
Thank you for your help,