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How to make sure your PC doesn't overheat

Do you have a PC that regularly experiences excessive temperatures that prevent it from performing optimally? You’re not alone. Fortunately, there are several solutions to combat PC overheating.

Provide free space

Your PC needs plenty of free space to ‘breath’. So don’t put your PC in the closet of your desk. There is not enough air circulation there. It is better to put the PC case on your desk (if there is enough space) or next to your desk. Also be careful with other obstacles such as sofas.

Install cooling fans

Every computer needs cooling fans to prevent excessive temperatures. These fans serve to remove hot air from components as quickly as possible. This way, everything stays nice and cool and you enjoy the best performance.

There are two types of fans: intake and exhaust. Intake fans will push cool, clean air into the case. They can usually be found on the front of your computer. Exhaust fans do the opposite. They push warm air outside. Most people install these exhaust fans in the top or top rear of the case. 

Another thing to consider is the size. The standard 120mm PC fans remain the most popular choise. Bigger fans can move more air, but they won’t fit into every case, so make sure you take the correct measurements. Furthermore, the airflow (measured in CFM) is important. Higher is better, meaning the fan is more efficient in moving air.

Keep it away from radiators

Put your PC in a cool place. Not next to a radiator or other heating element. This automatically raises the temperature high, which will quickly overheat your computer. Even a place in full sunlight can cause problems.

Tweak your software

In many computers, the temperature of their CPU and GPU rises due to programs running in the background. This is often intentional, but also sometimes unconscious (think malware, for example).

That’s why it’s a good idea to take a look at all the processes in your task manager en stop those that are unnecessary. Also run a virus and malware scan.