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    Default Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    Lately, my FX-8120 has had severe temperature spikes at idle and under very light usage such as web browsing. The CPU temp skyrockets to 50 degrees Cecilius and CPU usage jumps to 100% for no apparent reason. I've checked all the running processes during the spikes and have reseated my H105 3 separate times, but haven't seen any improvement. I'm thinking it's time to get a new CPU for this machine. Thoughts or comments?

    Note: I previously had a Glacier 240 installed on the CPU and it had a bad pump (common problem, I guess). I think the CPU overheated severely and more than once as a result of the bad pump. I'm guessing this could have ruined the CPU.
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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    Hi Sam I have no idea of whether our not your processor is on its way out or not maybe Kenny can chime in here
    How is performance? has it suffered since this is going on?
    I would think if its on its way out that would be the first thing to look for

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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    It doesn't sound like a CPU issue. Something is making the CPU usage spike, and the temps are corresponding. It could be a piece of software, or could be another piece of hardware (I have seen HHDs on their way out cause this issue, usually there is also a lag associated with it).

    While monitoring processes, did you see any unusual activity? What is showing as actually using the CPU?

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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    No usage spikes whatsoever. And the performance has dipped considerably.
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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    Even opening Google Chrome makes temps shoot up the 45 or 50 Celsius.
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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    Hey Sam, Are you use its not the motherboard that is reading the temps incorrectly?
    Its very rare for CPU's to go out like the way you have explained, more then likely, I would blame the MB first.

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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    How would I figure that out Kenny? HE MONITOR and the Motherboard software as well as bios all report same temps.
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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    If you have another AMD system, you can put the 8120 into that system to see if you are getting the same results. If I remember, you had 2 systems.
    If the 8120 acts normal, then most likely you have a bad motherboard.

    There is no other way to really know other than testing with a different motherboard or system.

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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    Thanks Kenny. What it boils down to is either the board or chip are bad. So I'll probably replace both with something better. Will probably move my cross hair board and 8350 to the system that now has the 8120 and do something completely different with the system that crrently has the 8350.
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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    Pretty much Neil. Was trying to wait until AMD releases new chips next year but can't now. I'll probably go with an i7 6700 and a z170 board. Gonna have to get new RAM and a better SSD too. Gonna be spendy. I'm open to suggestions at this point.
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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    i7-4770K and i7-4790K are good. (I have both of them) Hell Sam, even my i5-4690K is an awesome way to go. I would really like to have a new Skylake setup, but the i7-6700K is hard to find unless you're willing to pay a huge premium for it.
    DDR4 prices have dropped a lot lately, but they'll drop some more before too long.

    Consider a Haswell refresh instead.

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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    If you have another AMD system, you can put the 8120 into that system to see if you are getting the same results. If I remember, you had 2 systems.
    If the 8120 acts normal, then most likely you have a bad motherboard.

    There is no other way to really know other than testing with a different motherboard or system.
    That's a good start to discard the problem. The FX 8120/8350s are the warriors, do not die so easily.
    PS. Also you could start your OS in Safe Mode (without unnecessary processes), and check the temps of the CPU.

    Always look beyond the limits...

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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    Quote Originally Posted by Smiki007 View Post
    That's a good start to discard the problem.

    To be honest, Sam has been considering a move to an Intel system for a few years.
    He may be able to buy a new/old motherboard and continue on with the 8120, but he might not be willing to spend more money on it if it's going away anyway.

    He's pretty good at troubleshooting his systems.

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    Default Re: Pretty sure my FX 8120 is DOA

    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    i7-4770K and i7-4790K are good. (I have both of them) Hell Sam, even my i5-4690K is an awesome way to go. I would really like to have a new Skylake setup, but the i7-6700K is hard to find unless you're willing to pay a huge premium for it.
    DDR4 prices have dropped a lot lately, but they'll drop some more before too long.

    Consider a Haswell refresh instead.
    I totally agree. Looking at the two, it's hard to justify the price difference for the 6700 over the 4790K.

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