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What Temperature Is Too Hot For CPU?

Gina WellsSeptember 12, 2021
What Temperature Is Too Hot For CPU?

It’s essential to monitor the temperature of your CPU because if it gets too high, then there could be damage done to internal components or even a fire hazard. 

Your computer's processor shouldn't be hotter than 75 degrees C (167 degrees F) nor significantly colder than 20 degrees C (68 degrees F). There are numerous things you can do to keep your PC at the right temperature.

If it appears that your CPU is overheating, then there could be an issue with either your PC’s fan or heat sink assembly. It might also indicate a problem with another component inside your PC, such as the motherboard or power supply unit (PSU). 

In this case, it would be best if you brought your PC into one of our stores so that one of our technicians could take a look at it for you and determine what exactly needs replacing. Once they know what part needs to be replaced, they will give you an estimate on cost. 

Keep your PC well-ventilated. Clear dust from vents and fans. Don’t block air intakes with cables or other objects. Don’t put anything on top of the computer or block its vents. Use a cooling pad if necessary. Consider getting an upgraded fan for better ventilation and airflow in the case. 

Ensure that there’s enough space around all sides of the computer so air can circulate freely inside it, especially near vents and fans where heat accumulates most easily. Don't use any objects that might cover up these areas, such as books or papers placed vertically. 

Don’t put your PC against walls or furniture. Keep the desktops and laptops with their backs facing outwards towards open spaces instead of blocking them off with other items like printers, speakers, etc.

If you have a laptop, don’t use it on soft surfaces like beds or couches where heat can build up underneath it. Consider using a cooling pad with built-in fans for better airflow around the bottom of the computer case and more efficient cooling of its components. 

Use compressed air to clean out any accumulated dust in hard-to-reach places inside the computer case, such as between expansion cards and slots, under memory modules, etc., especially if there is no airflow at all coming through those areas because dust bunnies completely block them.

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