What Happens When a Computer Overheats For Too Long?

From time to time we all get anxious when our computer overheats. When we listen to the loud sound of the computer fan, we instantly get paranoid over it. Then we start questioning ourselves that, is it overheating? Why is my computer overheating? Why is my CPU getting too hot and lastly what happens when a CPU overheats?

 The users also ask how hot can a GPU get before the damage, but listen overheating does affect your computer only if it keeps running for too long.

At present, I am reading a lot of questions about what overheating does with your computer. In response, I am going to explain what happens when a CPU overheats for too long?

There are two major components  CPU & GPU which does most of the work generating more heat and is the reason why computer overheats.

In the absence of an adequate cooling system, the computer overheats immediately. It’s because hot air gathers inside the computer case causing Computer overheating. It will be an alarming situation when your CPU temperature exceeds 70 C and GPU temperature crosses 80 C. Here you must take emergency steps to cool down your PC.

What Happens When a CPU Overheats

Intel processors have a built-in chip that shuts down the computer in case computer overheats. But AMD processors keep running until something starts melting.

Usually, when the computer overheats, the first sign is freezing or hang/crash. But the problem doesn’t stop here, and if you keep running heavy tasks on the computer. Then you have to face the music in the shape of a sudden shutdown, automatic restart.

Then pixelated lines or blue screen of death will appear on your desktop screen. The computer fan will make noisy sound due to its constant working. Now you can literally feel the heat from PC.

Continuous computer overheating can damage the PC motherboard along with other components causing total failure of the computer.

In the dangerous scenario, you can smell burning CPU. It will start to melt and then……. Kaboom. The chances are very low because before the CPU starts melting it shut down the whole system.

It is not necessary that all the above-mentioned signs appear at the same time. The situation varies depending on computer hardware quality.

What To Do When Computer Overheats

There are a bunch of methods from a simple and free one to difficult and costly. You can start by cleaning dust with an air blower or run your computer with an open case. Download CPU temp monitor software to check which component is working most.

Place your computer away from the wall for better airflow. Avoid hot neighbors. Lastly, improve the air or liquid Cooling system.

Hope this will help you to solve your computer overheating problem.