When it comes to computer temperatures, the silicon chips are the biggest contributors of heat within the machine. It is quite hard to believe that some of the smallest components in the inside of the computer can contribute so much to raising the temperature of the whole computer.
That is why the areas that produce the most heat attach to fans and cooling blocks or heat sinks in order to provide an efficient cooling mechanism. A thermal paste provides even more cooling between the silicon chips, heat sink and the fans.
At this point you may be wondering, why is the temperature so important? What is the safe temperature range beyond which things begin to go wrong? What causes the temperature to rise beyond normal?
All these are good questions. For one, the temperature is important because after you get beyond a temperature range of about 90 degrees Celsius, you can easily damage the components that are producing all this heat as well as components around these high temperature areas. The usual culprits for these high temperature regions are around the processor, the graphics card, hard disks and the Northbridge.
Ordinarily, most computers never get to have temperature issues at all, but after the computers get to become older and the fans begin to malfunction and as dust begins accumulate, things can tend to get hot. At this point, it would be a good idea to use services like Taskbob’s pc repair services to do some service and maintenance work on your computer to restore it back to its good old self or even better.
Below are the ways to tell if your computer is too hot and if it needs servicing.
- Check the temperatures of your components through the BIOS menu
To do so, reboot your computer and hit r the Del, F10, F2, or F12 buttons in order to get to the BIOS menu of your computer. After you do so, navigate to the systems monitor section of the bios. The systems monitor section could be named slightly differently based on the motherboard of your computer, therefore using the motherboard manual may be of great help to you.
If you don’t have the manual, note down the motherboards serial number and either look for a manual online or directly search for the systems monitor section in the BIOS section by going through the BIOS menus one by one.
After you find this section, have a look to see if the temperatures are above the norm of around 80 degrees Celsius.
- Using software
A much easier approach than the one above is to use software to read the temperatures in the internal components of your computer. Popular software used for this purpose is SpeedFan
- Install a temperature sensor
A good idea is to install a temperature sensor and fan controller system to your computer. You may need the skills of a technician such as the ones at http://taskbob.com/to help you properly install it. Once you do, you will have a screen on your computer case that not only tells you the temperature of the inside parts of your computer, but also adjust the fan speeds to do better cooling of the parts.
Sarah S. Soto has been a computer technician for the last 12 years. She loves to build custom machines for her friends as a hobby. Visit her website for more information.
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