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December 15, 2012 3:44:21 PM

Just wondering, according to Razer Gamebooster my CPU runs at 17 degrees when idle and at around 40-45ish when running games. Is this decent, and if not, what can I do to cool my CPU down? I don't want it getting too hot.

Many thanks, I'm a PC newbie and any answer is appreciated.
December 15, 2012 3:52:14 PM

What processor do you have? What's the ambient temperature (of the room the computer is in)?
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December 15, 2012 4:46:37 PM

17 degrees and 45 load are excellent temperatures....almost too excellent. Is this air cooling?
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December 15, 2012 4:58:05 PM

17C = 62.6F
Ambient temp would have to be 16C (60.8F) or lower....which would make for a pretty cold room.

I would find something else to read temps....like RealTemp or CoreTemp.
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December 15, 2012 5:01:04 PM

Hi :) 

As implied above...its NOT running at 17c... not unless you live with Santa...lol

All the best Brett :) 
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December 15, 2012 5:02:05 PM

Only I can run at 17 degrees because I am one of Santa's elves ! :D 
December 15, 2012 11:17:54 PM

Well, I live in England so that's pretty impossible. But I do keep the heating off in the room where my PC is, it's usually about 5 degrees.

I just tested it with RealTemp, here are the temperatures. At the time of testing I had this webpage, TeamSpeak 3, a small fps game called Sauerbraten, and Steam open.


Are these decent? And if not, what can I do to make them better?


My CPU is an Intel i5 3570K (non-overclocked), and I have four case fans and a Xigmatek Apache heatsink. I suppose I could try to mount an extra fan if it would help.
December 16, 2012 2:52:24 AM

Any load temp below 65C is acceptable for Intel processors. Idle temps aren't so much a concern.
December 16, 2012 8:11:00 PM

Oh alright, thanks :p 
December 16, 2012 9:10:43 PM

Similar temps to my 3570k i've only got one pull fan and stock cooling though
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