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What is the worst that canhappen if IPC Game and mycomputer overheats?

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November 26, 2012 11:01:31 PM

Hello everyone. Well, I love PC Gaming and I play my computer games from the moment I get home from school to the time I go to bed. A few 1 hour breaks here and there of course. Anyways, I installed about 3 fans about 2 months ago because I was having a problem with overheating. After say playing Skyrim for a long duration of time only 3 hours straight my computer would shut down at the time. It would overheat, but every game was a little different. When I installed those 3 fans my computer no longer would overheat. It stayed at a steady 37 C degrees when in game. Now, one of my fans burned out. I don't know when but it must have been within the past few days because it used to blow air on my leg and I constantly look down at my case to look at the temps and feel my fans. So I got Max Payne 3 and War of the Roses this past weekend on those Steam Thanksgiving Sales. Now that the fan is burned out, I see my temps go up to 60 C when I was playing Max Payne 3 and War of the Roses, they never have been that high since I fixed the problem. Obviously, the temps went so high because one of the fans burnt out. I ordered some new fans online, but the earliest ETA is Friday, and the latest is December 6. I really want to play Max Payne 3, I have been playing it on and off for 10 minutes because I don't want to damage this computer. I have also been playing older games such as; Day of Defeat, Half Life, Team Fortress Classic, and Unreal Tournament 2004. My temps stay at around 45 C when I play these old games. They are lower than when compared to Max Payne 3 and War of the Roses obviously. Can I do any harm by playing Max Payne 3 and War of the Roses even though that fan burnt out? Is it a good idea or should I just stick to playing the old games until the fans I ordered come in? Thanks in advance.
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November 26, 2012 11:20:14 PM

if it is a hard shut down, it could corrupt your hard drive/ssd.
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November 27, 2012 12:59:43 AM

You should hear your motherboard beep if your CPU is overheating to the point where it's going to cause permanent damage, but 60 C on full load is not really anything to worry about.
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November 27, 2012 8:24:03 AM

A modern CPU wont fry itself it will shut off
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November 27, 2012 2:23:28 PM

Worst case? Damage to overheating components.

Usual case? Blue screen or self-power off, both of which remove load and heat from the CPU and GPU before it sustains damage.
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November 27, 2012 2:26:01 PM

blue screen, power off, or if you're unlucky ur cpu and everything else could burn/get fried
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November 27, 2012 4:44:36 PM

Where's that video where they run a processor without a heatsink and it jumps out of the socket at 200 degrees? :) 
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November 27, 2012 5:35:26 PM

Ok, everyone thanks for the replies. Since 60 C at full load isn't bad, what temp should would be then?
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