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Old CPU Rendering HD Video

I've got a 5yr old CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor 2.8GHz Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor. It's from a home build back in 2007, but my rig still runs all the mmos I play just fine.

I've recently got in to Fraps and video editing using Sony Vegas 10 Pro. I understand video editing requires a nice rig to use it efficiently.

When I start to render my videos in order to upload them to YouTube my CPU goes from around 10% usage up to 95-99% consistently throughout the rendering process.

My question being will my CPU eventually burn up from the stressful use or is that normal? Also, I'm not rendering videos every day maybe once per week at the very most.
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    As long as you keep the CPU temps within reasonable levels, you could run it at 100% indefinitely without any harm.
  2. cl-scott said:
    As long as you keep the CPU temps within reasonable levels, you could run it at 100% indefinitely without any harm.


    Thanks for the reply. I just needed some reassurance I wasn't gonna burn it up haha.
  3. Yeah, you'll be fine. I encoded a batch of videos for over 40 hours straight.
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