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I purchased a computer a month or two ago (core i7, 24gb ram, geforce gtx 590, windows 7 ultimate). Within the last week it began to bluescreen regularly. I tried lots of things (check hds, check memory, reinstall windows etc..) but it still bluescreened. At the time my temps were as follows...

CPU - aprox 40/50c. GPU - arpox 60 idle, aprox 90 during heavy use. HDDs - aprox 55c after the PC had been on a while.

I thought the 55c was ok, but I have since realized it was probably too high and may have been the direct cause of the bluescreening.

I've installed a spare fan I had in the front of the PC blowing air in, (so there's airflow from front to back)

Since then, obviously, all my temps are down. Especially the HDDs - three of them reach 30c and one has been up to 47c (it is some distance away from the airflow, in one of the 5.25inch drive bays)

I haven't had the PC on for as long as it would normally take to bluescreen yet, but If it does I want to know what all the temps were right before the bluescreen. I have tried Everest but it only shows me realtime temps or gives me the ability to create one-off reports.

I want something that can record all the temps to a file at 30 seconds intervals. If the computer bluescreens I can load it up again and check the last entry in the file.

Side question: Am I right in thinking 55c was far too hot for a HDD? (It might have got higher than that before the bluescreens.. I don't know)

Another side question: Is 47c too high? This is actually why I am asking the main question - I am concerned that this one drive that isn't getting the benefit of the extra fan may still cause the computer to bluescreen.

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For hard drives, 47 °C should be safe, but 55 °C is a bit on the high side. It shouldn't cause any immediate problems like BSODs, though. –  Indrek Apr 15 '12 at 16:46
    
But they may have been getting higher than that, just before the bsods. –  MrVimes Apr 15 '12 at 17:18

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I use SpeedFan for monitoring temperatures on my computers. It can be configured to log temperatures to a file:

  1. in the main window, click Configure
  2. go to the Log tab and check the Enabled checkbox
  3. go to the Temperatures tab, click on each temperature you want to log and check the Logged checkbox at the bottom
  4. click OK
  5. log files will be located in the directory you installed SpeedFan to
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Another couple of programs, for the CPU and Graphics card respectively are Coretemp and GPU-z, both of which can be set to log to a file.

They are rather more single-purpose than Speedfan or others, but GPU-z can show you quite a bit more about your graphics card such as memory usage, load and fan speed.

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