To keep an eye on the CPU temperature and other hardware temperature’s is a good idea. If your hardware is too hot, it can decrease your computer’s lifetime and that is really a waste of money, because you can do something about it, if you want to. To invest in a new CPU cooler or a couple of extra computer case fans, is much cheaper than to buy a new CPU, graphic card, hard drive and so on. The best way to find out your hardware temperature’s is to install a hardware monitor, and there are free software’s available.
Free Hardware Monitor’s!
HWMonitor is a free software developed by CPUID. It can measure voltages, temperatures and fan speed. It reads hard drive temperature’s via S.M.A.R.T, CPU’s on-die core thermal sensors and graphic cards GPU temperature’s and more. I check my hardware temperature’s with HWMonitor regularly, not every day but pretty often. There’s a PRO version too, but I never used it and the free version works fine. Using HWMonitor is a very easy way to take control over your computer’s temperature.
Open Hardware Monitor is another free software. It’s an open source software under the Mozilla Public License 2.0 (MPL). I can’t find any real difference between Open Hardware monitor and HWMonitor, so my own conclusion is that it doesn’t matter which one you use, but read the documentation before you install the software. Open Hardware Monitor and HWMonitor supports many hardware suppliers, but make sure they support your hardware before you decide.
Some Tips To Keep Your Computer Cool!
If your computer temperature is increasing, you should check if you need to clean it. If your hardware parts are covered in dust, it can have a big impact on the temperature. The best way to clean computer hardware is to put on an anti-static wrist strap and to buy a can of compressed air. Messing with a cloth is a bad idea, you can easily damage things and it’s also very hard to get rid of dust that way. Don’t ever put any material inside your computer that can lead static electricity when you dealing with computer hardware.
I never use the original CPU fan that’s included in the package. I have built many computer’s from scratch, and very often the original fan can’t cool the CPU enough. I can recommend a CPU water cooler if you want to get maximum effect, and it’s not hard to install a water cooler and the price is not that high anymore. If you have room for extra fans in your computer case, you should put in more fans. An HDD drive generates more heat than an SSD drive, and that’s another thing to keep in mind if you are planning to upgrade.
If your computer has a good temperature, it can give you many benefits such as a faster speed, better performance and the computer’s lifetime will also increase. You should only start to worry if the CPU temperature is over 65c (149F), but without a hardware monitor, you will have a harder time knowing the right temperature.