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PC Operating Temperatures: How Hot Is Too Hot?


Are you worried about your computer's temperature? Excessive heat can affect your device's performance and your hard drive's lifespan.

But how can you tell if it's overheating or just hot? What is a good temperature for your CPU? And what are the signs you should look out for that indicate that your PC is too hot?

How Is Heat Generated by Your PC?

Heat is a natural by-product of electricity. Anything that uses energy to set in motion an activity—whether that's a computer, a car engine, or our own bodies—results in heat transference. The amount of electricity needed is dependent on the task being performed.

Components inside your computer easily exude heat, notably the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Graphic Processing Unit (GPU), as electricity is carried across circuits and experiences resistance.

Overclocking generates excessive heat, for instance. This is when you operate your CPU at a higher clock speed than intended by its manufacturers. You can typically find out ideal clocking rates by visiting the site of your processor's maker, but unless you're well-versed in speeds, these won't mean much to you.

The main benefit of overclocking is a more efficient and faster operating system, but it also requires a higher voltage to perform tasks. This greater need for electricity results in your CPU generating more heat.