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Computer and CPU Temps

To sum it up I built a computer this summer to play games on. During the summer I had idle temps at around 25-30 degrees (I have a i7 4790k processor). Then when college started i brought it here. For about 3 week it was running the same idle temps but for some reason now when i turn on my computer it runs idle at 55 degrees. However when I play games it only gets to about 60 degrees and no more. Is there any reason for this to happen?

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change in location

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Did you move from Alaska to Florida or Texas?

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Do you have Google and its extensions installed and running?

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Do you have Google and all or part of its extensions? If it is on a MacBook Pro or even on an IPhone, I have found that Google and its extentions have caused the CPU to run real hot. On the Pro, the usage indicator shows 160% power use.
Found that by deleting or disabling the Google extention programs cut down the energy usage considerably to about 30% max on the Pro.

Since I also have a PC system, I went to Extentions on the Google Settings page and deleted any Google program that I do not use or replicates a program that I already use.

Appears that there are conflicts between the latest Apple operating systems and the latest Google programs which cause heatups and shutdowns. I have e-mailed Apple and Google regarding the issues, but have not heard any reply from either the companies. Appears to be a mutual "my programs are perfect and it is the other parties is at fault and should repair it" situation.

In my case, since Google covers both O/S, i have minimized Google programs on my Macs systems and go through Safari to get to my gmail. What a difference! No more hot Mac Book Pro and IPhone! Additionally, I have minimized the interaction through Google between the Macs and the PCs.

Hope it makes some sense.

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Idle

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What sort of cpu usage do you see at idle?

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Nothing new running?

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Sorry to ask a Using Computers 101 question of someone who has built a computer, but my first question is always: What has been installed since it was last behaving like you expected?

It could be that a program you installed is running a legitimate background process. It could be that something you installed was bundled with something that's running in the background.

Are you using your computer on campus? Do you have a firewall/router between you and any school network? Colleges are notorious for kids testing their chops by trying to hack computers they find on the network. That could be another route that could result in something running on your computer when they think you're not looking.

The other obvious question is: Have you cleaned your heat sink? It could be just coincidental timing that it has showed up now. It could be one final little dust bunny that plugged up the last air pathway through your heat sink, and now there's not enough airflow to keep up with the cooling.

I'm not the best housekeeper, so my place is fairly dusty. And, I used to have cats. I have a reminder for myself to clean my heat sink once a month. I don't get to it *every* month, but I try to not skip two months in a row. Prior to doing this, I had one heat sink get so clogged after a year that it looked like a felt pad on top of it. I also have to open my laptop every year or so for the same reason (Why do almost no laptop manufacturers make the heat sink easily accessible?)

Drake Christensen

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60 Degrees isn't excessive when gaming

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What was it when your idle temp was lower? Unless you've moved into a significantly warmer or dustier environment, it sounds like you have some kind of background task running. Something from your college, maybe? Perhaps a timetable, news bulletin or maybe some security stuff the college is pushing down to you? If not, the environment is favourite.

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