Cooling is a vital part of the computer. It keeps the CPU's plastic from melting and short circuiting the whole computer.

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Possible fire risk from leaving a laptop on for several months/years to use as a server

I found this question which comes close to mine - Implications of using a laptop always-on as a server - but doesn't specifically ask about a fire risk, and dismisses the idea of removing the battery, ...
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What direction should case fans be mounted?

What is the true for fans situation? Do all fans take away air from case? Or can there be one with take in function, e.g. in front? My installation looks like: Two Top coolers (OUT) ...
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How to regulate fan speed of external USB fan?

I installed SpeedFan, but the only fan showing up is the one inside my laptop for the CPU. Since today, I have an additional fan which is external below the Fellowes® - Precision Cooler Laptop Riser. ...
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What direction should the heatsink fan face?

My current setup looks like the following: Rear fan <----- Heatsink Fan <----- Heatsink Case: Arc Midi R2 Heatsink: Scythe Ashura with stock fan I've placed the Fan so it sucks the air out ...
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Air cooling a liquid cooled motherboard

So i am going to purchase an asus rampage IV watercooled motherboard, however i will not be constructing a cooling system for a few months (when i have the rest of the system) will the motherboard run ...
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Laptop cooling slacking off

Recently i've ran into the problem that my laptop had collected too much dust inside and starts overheating in difficult tasks (i.e. games), this happens every half a year or so, as always i opened ...
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How to build a Novec Liquid immersed desktop?

I've been reading about immersion cooling and watching some videos on youtube, and it looks to me like 3M Novec 1230/7000/7500 is an ideal liquid for this purpose (unlike mineral or other oil). You ...
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Best practices for thermal paste for CPUs during maintenance

I built my PC my self with a Core i3 4130 recently. It turned out that I forgotten to apply thermal paste after a time so I "unbuilt" it and removed the CPU fan. There was a big round thing on my CPU. ...
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HP EliteBook 8470p running extremely hot

(tl;dr; see my bold text) I've been using this HP EliteBook 8470p for well over a year - it has an I7 proc with 8gb of RAM and before ever turning it on, I swapped out the HD with a 512gb SSD. I was ...
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Can a hot PCI adapter slow down the computer?

Using the "watch sensors" command in Fedora, I see that while the temperature of the CPU's are normal (70 degrees at most), the PCI easily exceeds 90 degrees (celcius, of course.) Once the PCI gets ...
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How can I set the laptop fan speed to 100% manually?

I would like to know if there is a way to set my laptop fan speed to 100%. I want something that I can assign a key to, so when I press combination of keys my fan speed will boost to 100% and pressing ...
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Does my GPU finally needs thermal compound?

I have the following PC configuration and since September 2011 when I bought and assembled it the only maintenance I did was cleaning every fans with compressed air. SSD: Crucial RealSSD M4 128GB ...
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CPU overheats when display turns off

Since about a week I’ve noticed that my CPU heats up very badly as soon as the display turns off. I can't find any suspicious processes when I resume, but, if I leave the display off for more than 20 ...
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My LENOVO ideapad yoga keeps the fan on but not cooling the laptop…? Why?

For the last few days, my laptop tends to turn the fan on to cool the laptop down with no success. I keep my laptop on a desk where it's never hot or too dusty. I live in central europe, no desert or ...
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Built a PC some months ago, facing automatic shutdown, temperature issue?

I built a PC some months ago, it worked fine, but now it's summer time and temperature is 45 °C here in Jaipur, India. When I start playing BF3 after 20-25 minutes my UPS starts beeping and system ...
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How can I prevent air from getting trapped by my video card in my case?

This is an overview of the airflow in my case. Anyway, I'm concerned that the air is getting trapped in the bottom left side of the case, under the GPU. First of all, there's no vent for it, ...
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Could a fan stopped (too low voltage incoming into it) during long periods damage my computer fan?

Computer fans use to run at 12Volt, but most, as for today, use to allow 9Volt or even less to slow down the fan speed (RPM, Revolutions Per Minute). In cases of too low voltage, the fan stops, but ...
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Does liquid cooling mean I no longer need to dust my machine?

I've got two long haired cats, a dog and I live with a smoker. I use my computer pretty much all day everday, and though I put it to sleep in the night, those fans are constantly going during the day. ...
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After cleaning out dust, laptop fan always full speed

My laptop was getting too hot and I decided to open it and clean it (haven't done that in 5-6 years). I opened the CPU fan which had A LOT of dust in it and cleaned it. I also replaced the thermal ...
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Cannot read CPU temperature with HWMonitor

I bought a new MoBo and a FX4300 Black Edition along with a tower cooler. Looking at HWMonitor, my CPU has a temperature of about 10-20° C. This is just too good to be true imho. It even goes below ...
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AMD FX8350 CPU - CoolerMaster Silencio 650 Case - New Water Cooling System

Lately after a use of 6 months of my AMD FX8350 CPU I'm experiencing high temperatures and loud noise coming from the CPU fan(I set that in order to keep it cooler). I decided to replace the stock fan ...
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Computer turns off Unexpectedly because of overheating [closed]

My System turns off unexpectedly after about 8-10 minutes of usage. When it turns off, I turn it on again and go to BIOS where I see that my CPU temperature is 91°C! If I wait for 8-9 hours to cool ...
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Air Cooling versus liquid cooling in humid environments

Okay here's the deal I live in Nebraska and I am a PC enthusiast. Now as the rest of my fellow Nebraskans hit the corn fields this summer I mess with my PC to figure out the best way to cool it. ...
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Is my laptop overheating?

I'll start with the TL;DR part: TL;DR HP TX1000's WiFi stopped working one day. Then it began to (suddenly) turn itself off. When "cool", it turns on and I get bios but it turns off after 5-6 ...
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Speccy and SpeedFan not showing cpu fan speed

I have a HP dv3 notebook. I have just downloaded speccy. Altough there is written that speccy has the property that can show fan speed, my copy (v1.26.698) does not have even this line ever. When ...
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Will keeping all my fans at 100% speed harm my computer?

If I use a program such as SpeedFan to keep my fans at 100% power 24/7, will it harm my computer? I don't care about my power bill but if the excess power could harm my computer I would worry. I have ...
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Temperature and airflow in a large empty case

My brother is looking into building a home computer and has asked my opinion on the components he's picked out. One concern that I've had is that he has chosen a Full ATX Tower, but the rest of the ...
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Excessive heat with Corsair H80i

I've recently purchased a Corsair H80i (liquid cooling), but the CPU temperatures are actually higher than with stock fan cooler. My build: CoolerMaster GX550W, AMD FX 6300, ECS GTX 560, Kingston 8GB ...
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Five year old unopened boxed CPU – is the stock thermal compound still good?

I have obtained an unopened, sealed, boxed CPU dating back to 2009. It’s an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 with heatsink + thermal compound pre-applied. Is the stock thermal compound still OK to use after ...
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How to cool my laptop?

I've a 4 year old laptop that is consistently running 60-70 degrees Celsius. I cleaned the heatsink and replaced the fan as it was previously running at 90 - 100 degrees and although it was clearly ...
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Powershare USB cooks external SSD

I have a laptop with four Powershare (high amperage) USB ports. Whenever I plug my mSATA USB SSD enclosure into my laptop for a hour or so it gets very hot (even if it's not used at all). I don't want ...
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how do I know whether a fan error on post requires action?

I have an HP a6400f PC, (it's a tower) and after a brief power blackout, I started getting a generic "Fan error" problem upon startup. I can click through the error and boot into Ubuntu. ...
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PC overheats when at BitLocker password prompt

I have very strange problem... first, some details: Windows 8.1 Pro motherboard: ASUS Z87-A Intel core i7-4770k CPU cooler: Corsair H90 (hydro) chassis: thermaltake mk-1 I've encrypted my system ...
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How do I decide what CPU cooler to buy? [closed]

I'm building an HTPC and I already have a motherboard with an Intel socket 1150 so I have a half idea what CPU to get. Now I also need a cooler, and that choice is just as overwhelming; there are so ...
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Gaming laptop temps a bit high?

I have an MSi GT70 Dragon Edition 2. Whilst playing Battlefield 4, my GPU and 'Temp1' (SpeedFan) show results of it being up to 80c. Is this too hot for it? And if so, should I get a laptop cooling ...
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Are there any negatives for having fan speeds at maximum

When I gaming, I usually turn fan speed of my Graphic and CPU to maximum possible speeds. It doesn't matter what is the temperature or load, I just do it always before starting any games. The question ...
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CPU Cooling fan trouble on Notebook

I'm using lenovo IdeaPad Z370 I just cleaned my fan and replaced thermal paste but the temperature still heating. based on Psensors the temp very high: I checked the fan again, I keep the back ...
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How many fans does a PC need?

A friend of mine is looking to buy a new PC. Someone told him that the CPU fan plus the 3 fans on the GPU plus the PSU fan would not be enough and that he needs another 2 or 3 fans so his system could ...
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i5-4670 in a mITX build [closed]

I'm assembling a rig for multimedia production, running programs like 3Ds max and CSS Suite. Going for the i5-4670, no OC required :) My build only needs a SSD and a HDD. Will 450W be enough ? Can ...
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Does running constant load help degrade life of a computer? (Ignoring heat generation)

I run Folding@Home on my laptop (2013 MacBook Pro, no GPU). I tried to convince a friend of mine to join me but he claims that running the program will degrade the life of the computer - making it ...
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Will my soundcard (Asus Xonar DGX) stay good in my case? [closed]

Will my soundcard (Asus Xonar DGX) stay good in my case? I just have a free slot, and above it there is my Radeon 7850HD with two fans. (My motherboard is MSI Z87-g43)... Links to photos of my case: ...
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Does running a computer with the case open mess with the airflow/cooling? [closed]

My friends say that it should actually improve the cooling since there is more air available to it, especially the CPU fan. I have to admit that it at least looks like it would stay cooler. I ...
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Should thermal compund be replaced after the heat sink is taken off?

I recently took apart a Dell Inspiron N5110 Laptop to clean the cooling fan and other stuff. This involved removing the heat sink as well. I did not put on new thermal compound when I put things back. ...
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CPU power states and temperature spikes

i just noticed something really unusual on my brand new (slightly used) ASUS N550JV. During my first checks in general performance and etc, i noticed that the temperatures were unusually high for a ...
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Dell Inspiron N5110 Overheats and Shuts Down from Past few Days

I have a Dell Inspiron N5110 with a 2.5Ghz i5-2450M processor, 4GB RAM and 1GB nVidia Graphics card running Windows 7 Home Premium, that's about 2 years old now. When I previously used to play games ...
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Where to point external fan on graphics cards

I was redirected to here to ask my question. I have two graphics cards running 24/7 along with a small fan to help keep them cool. One card is in the motherboard while the other is raised on a rack, ...
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How to put a cooler on a CPU?

Some time ago I bought a computer (computer parts to be exact) and I assembled it myself. I have a motherboard GA-TA770-UD3 from Gigabyte with AMD Phenom II X4 955 (Black edition) + stock cooler. ...
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Game keeps overheating laptop?

I have an Acer TravelMate laptop.Recently I installed Portal 1 and whenever I play it, the CPU gets hotter and hotter until the computer is forced to shut down. With normal use (and even when there's ...
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Really Hot Laptop

My Laptop: Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 2670QM. nVidia GeForce GTX 525. 8GB RAM, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, with Windows 7 Ultimate. I tend to run a lot of programs, but most are services and Chrome BG processes. I ...
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Heat and its relationship to Frequency in overclocking

I have a i7-4770k - In order to Overclock it from 3.5-3.9(boost) to 4.5 I have to raise the Voltage to 1.387Vcore. This is not an issue with heat as my water-cooling keeps the CPU at 70c under P95 ...