Recommended component temperatures in situations?

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    Just curious as to what becomes "risky" when your gaming or perhaps rendering video etc. I notice the highest my CPU temp gets to is 70 degrees Celsius (Appox. 158 degrees farenheit) and when it reaches that heat level, it tends to heat up inside the case, casing the other parts to heat up a bit...
    My GPU however iIrc maxed out at 50 something celcius when gaming, I may be wrong as it has been a while since I checked...

    So what do you guys think are 'safe' temperatures?
     
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    70 is probably within the sensible operating temperature window (it is certainly within the suggested one) although if you run it at that 24/7 I would be surprised to see it still working in 2017.
    From what you said though it sounds like your case air flow could use improving. Are you going for positive pressure inside the case (better but sometimes hard to pull off) or just a steady flow of air?
     
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    The CPU temp is usually around 30-40 celcius, just when I'm maxing out all cores does it get to temps like that...

    What exactly do you mean by "positive pressure inside the case"? The air flow seems great, it's one of the CoolerMaster's HAF cases.
     
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    Positive pressure is what happens when airflow in makes it so there is technically more air inside the case than outside or a higher (positive if you will) pressure inside the case- it is quite nice if you are avoiding dust but it does mean you have to set the fans up right and probably block any non fan positions up (something the nicer stuff from companies like Coolermaster and Antec tend not to do by default).

    As for air flow a nice case certainly helps but stick a few wires, ribbon cables and such in the wrong place inside it and it can negate the case's best efforts- try pinning the back more.

    A delta of thirty degrees is quite a lot for full load but the i whatever series stuff is quite noted for whatever they are calling speed stepping this week and a steady 70 at full load is nothing I would be upset about.

    I probably should have also asked what is the room temperature is- I know you are in the middle of winter but looking at the charts daytime temps for you are not far off what I would call summer.
     
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    If you're using the stock heatsink for your cpu, then 70C is fine. It's a bit on the high side, but stuff like ambient temperature may bring that up as well. I wouldn't worry too much, unless your processor starts reaching 90C. But if it gets that high, its likely that the heatsink isn't seated right or a fan went out. Of course if high temperatures bother you at all, just get an aftermarket heatsink, and you'll likely never go above 50C again.

    As far as the GPU, again, I wouldn't worry about it. Typically they run hotter than your normal CPU, so if it's running at 50C at load, then you're good.

    The key here, is that the components have systems built in to shut down if they start reaching something like 100C.
     

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