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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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

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 ...
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7990 next to a R9 280x heat

I'm considering buying a second graphics card and plugging it along side my R9 280x. What I'm wondering about is if this will cause too much stress on the PCIe bus in regards to heat? I've got ...
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Planning out an NES PC build (on the cheap) [closed]

I'm in the process of building a PC inside an NES case. I'm trying to get as much power out of it without breaking the bank. Rigging up the power switch and reset has been well documented, so this ...
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Front fan controller power

I've just built a new PC with 11 fans. I've bought a very cheap Chinese fan controller with 4 channels, and I connected my 11 fans to each other in groups of 3 + 3 + 3 + 2, and each group to one ...
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My computer is loud: How do I tell which fan is the issue?

On my new computer, my fan(s) is/are plain LOUD! Using SpeedFan, I find that my temps are all under 32 degrees C under my normal use (IDK how accurate that is but the CPU itself says 27 C). The fan ...
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CPU Thermal Margin is very low

My computer is restarting unexpectedly for some days. First I though Its an os issue. I gone through all the sys log and didn't find any clue. Then gone through bios event log. Nothing was there too. ...
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Temperature sensors showing high CPU temps, CPU not super hot

(For monitoring heating I have used SpeedFan, Ai suite II (asus mobo software), RealTemp and my bios (on an Asus Gene IV Rampage)) SpeedFan says 100-120 C RealTemp says 30-80 C at idle (30 C ...
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High CPU temperature of new Clevo w350ST Laptop

I just recently bought a new Clevo W350ST laptop. While everything has been working extremely fine in it, its the CPU temperatures on the laptop I am worried about. The Tj Max. for my processor (i7 ...
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What kind of tape do I need to tape cpu fan to heatsink in notebook?

I'm cleaning up a notebook from dust and the cpu fan is usualy taped to the heatsink all around it. This time half of the original tape was also covered with dust so I want to just replace it. Can ...
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Laptop Thermal Sensor Reading Excessively High Temperatures

My laptop has done a thermal shutdown several times tonight due to high temperature readings. The computer however is not running at a temperature any higher than it normally does. I think the ...
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Do third party cooler's T.I.M. contain adheasive?

I'm building my first computer, and I purchased a cheap Thermaltake CL-P0503 cooler in a bundle. I was originally going to grab some high quality thermal paste, but I forgot to purchase some. My ...
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Toshiba Laptop Ventilator (almost) turns off after boot

So my Laptop is a Toshiba Satellite L550. The problem I have is that it overheats quite often. I know that the ventilator is rarely turned on, despite sensors returns a high temperature of about 70 ...
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Will a smaller desktop machine generate more heat in the surrounding environment?

I'm looking at buying this Lenovo desktop. However, a colleague of mine is concerned that because it's relatively slim (3.9" x 13.2" x 15"), it will output more heat. We don't really care about the ...
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CPU cooler installation thermal paste

I was installing a brand new i3-4330 with the stock CPU cooler. I couldn't get the CPU cooler push pins to click the first time. I removed the CPU cooler for just a few seconds and put it back on and ...
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IPMI beginner's tutorial / GPU fan speed adjustment

I have a workstation equipped with two Kepler K20M GPUs that doesn't have active fans installed on them. There is one external fan attached to the rear of the chassis extracting the exhaust. However ...
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Replacing faulty fan on CPU heatsink, minimum recommended air displacement

I woke up this morning with a broken fan on my CPU. The heatsink itself is a scythe Kabuto. The fan can be replaced quite easily at is a standard 120 mm fan. Now I'm not seeking for specific ...
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Why is my notebook's GPU tempertaure higher than CPU temperature?

I have a dell studio 1555 notebook with Core2Duo CPU and ATI Radeon GPU. Recently, I noticed that, during idle time, the CPU heat kicks down and the temperature reduces to some room temperature level. ...
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Laptop turns off randomly

Tonight I started having problems, meaning that my laptop started turning off instantly. I guess it is from overheating. It was happening when I tried playing some heavy game, but now it started doing ...
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i7 CPU Thermometer breaking down?

I have a custom build with a Intel Core i7-3820 on MSI X79A-GD45(8D) X79 motherboard. I'm using Thermaltake CLW0215 Water 2.0 Performer as CPU cooling. I have this build for about a year now. Back ...
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Black spray (?) on a laptop's heat sink assembly

We have a HP Pavilion DV3 4000SB that was given an error on startup that the fan was having problems (System Fan 90b error message) So I decided to open the laptop up and clean the fan, as that ...
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How to control fan speed using SpeedFan?

The CPU fan in my laptop is running too fast. I wish to control the speed manually to my preference, at times. Here is a CPU-Z screenshot of my laptop configuration: And here is how SpeedFan ...
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Does the color of a heatsink affect its performance in dissipating heat?

I know that heatsinks come in different fin forms and those different fin forms affect the way how they dissipate heat. However, there's something I could not get about them and it's their color. Can ...
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Where to find 200mm case fans with 4-pins M/B connectors? And does it make any sense to use them?

I'm using this case for my high-end computer. It can accommodate two 200mm larger fans at the front (in) and top (out) and two 120mm smaller fans at the bottom (in) and rear (out). Unlike the one ...
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Can I replace my notebook's fan without replacing the heat sink?

My laptop (Acer Travelmate 8204) has started making a grinding noise, which seems to be coming from the fan (not the hard drive). Some articles online mention replacing the fan, but others imply that ...
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Can I use an LGA 1156/1155 heatsink on an LGA 1150 motherboard?

I'm considering moving to Haswell from Nehalem by just getting a new mobo and CPU, but I'm not sure if I can keep my current heatsink. Can an LGA 1156 heatsink be mounted on to an LGA 1150 ...
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Are Socket C32 and socket 940 coolers compatible?

I would like some confirmation - would a heatsink for Socket 940 fit on socket C32? I ask this because a lot of coolers do not specify this socket, while specifying S940. However, the mounting holes ...
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Control 2 fans as if they are 1?

I'm currently planning out my first PC build and have come to an unusual problem. As part of my build I decided to include an LCD screen-type fan controller, [this one] ...
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Preferred bearing type for a CPU fan

I've been doing some research into my first computer build and have come to a cross-roads when choosing my CPU fan. I have been told of various bearing types such as ball, sleeve, rifle, magnetic and ...
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Windows 7 blue screen after CPU cooler died and got replaced

Okay, so here is the deal: We have a PC at home that used to be mine, it was running pretty well (though sometimes blue screen, but most likely due to faulty RAID controller, as now other 'strange' ...
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My graphics card is overheating and I'm trying to determine the most effective solutions

My hardware profile: Case: APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA785G-UD3H PSU: Antec Neo Eco 400W CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 RAM: 5GB Dual-Channel ...
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Computer either shuts down or monitor turns off

I have Windows 8 and I've been suffering from "kernel-power 41" I tried changing the power supply but the problem persisted. I noticed that the heat sink was unbearably hot so i removed it and removed ...