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    How to keep your CPU cool

    Making sure that your computer stays cool and is very important; especially during the hot summer weather. This article will explain to you how to ensure that your computer is not overheating as well as what to do if it does overheat.

    Your cooling system is one of the most important parts of your computer. If you did not have a cooling system, the electrical components would stop working. Because of this, the heat generated by your computer must have a way to escape the casing so that your machine can maintain a safe operating temperature.

    What is the Safest Temperature to Run My Computer?

    There are so many different makes and models of computers that a ?safe temperature range? varies. The variables are things like what type of processor you have, the manufacturer of your computer and several other factors that will change what temperature range is safe for which CPU.

    According to the Overclockers Club website:

    AMD and Intel both have maximum temperature ratings for their CPUs listed around 80C. If your CPU gets this hot, you've got some serious problems. Most people try and keep the CPU temperature below 40C at idle and below 55C at load.

    How Hot is My Computer Running Now?

    If you computer is so hot to the touch that you cannot keep your hands near it, that is a good indication that something in your cooling system is malfunctioning ? but touch is not the best measurement of temperature, so what is the best way to measure it? Here are some options.

    Many people do not know that they can check the temperature on their computer without installing any additional software by checking the system BIOS. In order to check your system BIOS, restart your computer. On the boot screen, you will see options (usually hitting the delete key) to ender the BIOS. Once you see the setup screen, navigate to the BIOS menu by following the onscreen directions. You will see a menu listing information about your monitors and CPU which will list your CPU?s temperature.

    If you are not comfortable accessing your BIOS menu, there are a lot of monitoring tools that will help you read and keep track of your CPU temperature. A free Windows program called HWMonitor (www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html) will display the temperature of several different areas of your computer, including not only the CPU, but each of the computers cores, the video card, the hard drives as well as the minimum and maximum values of each.