I noticed that some computers run hotter than others. Similarly, some computers are inherently cooler than others. I was wondering what is the ideal pc temperature? I understand that the temperatures can affect the computer’s performance as well.
When you talk about pc temperatures or as enthusiasts may say, PC temps, you are talking about the CPU temperatures. This is the temperature at which the CPU is running. If the CPU is running at higher temperatures, not only does the performance of the CPU drop but so does the life of the CPU.
Generally, the cooler the better. Keep your computer as cool as possible. More realistically, room temperatures are considered ideal. For long hauls, sixty-degree Celcius is considered to be the threshold. You should aim for 45-50 degrees Celcius.
I’m not sure if there’s an ideal temperature for a computer. As long as the temperature of the processor runs low, you will get the system to perform at optimum speed. This is the opposite when the processor becomes hotter; the processing power becomes low providing you with a decreased performance. That’s why it is important to maintain an efficient cooling system for the CPU.
If you want to keep an eye on your CPU usage as well as the temperature even while playing games, the best way to do it is with a gadget called “All CPU Meter” which you can install on your computer. It installs perfectly on 64-bit Windows 7.
To try it, go to All CPU Meter and download it or click All CPU Meter ZIP to download the ZIP file directly. Once downloaded, unpack the ZIP file then double-click “All_CPU_Meter_V4.7.3.gadget” to install. At first, you will not have temperature readings from your processor. To display the temperature, you need to download PC Meter 0.4 Beta.
Unpack the ZIP file on a new folder on your system drive then right-click “PCMeterV0.4.exe” and select “Run as administrator”. In PC Meter window, go to “Options” and check “Run On Windows Startup” or check everything. After this, go back to the All CPU Meter gadget, right-click it, and select “Options”. Next, go to “Options” tab then in “Show CPU temperatures”, select “ON (PC Meter)”.
Set the other options if you like then click “OK” when you are finished. Now, to be able to see the gadget even when playing a game or using other applications, right-click the gadget and select “Always on top”. This way, you will see the CPU usage and temperature readings even when a program is running at full screen.