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3 years ago#1
I just purchased a Alienware m17x4, I have a USB fan but my room gets pretty hot in summer, at the store they had one on a fan and it was warm to touch and that was without playing anything.

I don't have the know how to mod it so is a USB fan enough or is there something else I need?
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3 years ago#2
If it doesn't overheat, it's fine.
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3 years ago#3
I saw some laptop cooling fan board right in the front of Walgreen's the other day. I think it was $29.99 or something like that. I had an Alienware M17 and they have a lot of fans in them. It never had a problem from overheating, but it was hot to the touch. So a simple area fan might be good for that.

Man those things are heavy. It seemed to have two of everything inside.
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3 years ago#4
Do you mean hot as in the bottom towards the back? The CPU and GPU are there so it's normal for that area to be hot. Use a program like HWMonitor to check the temps. If they're okay, which they should be, then you don't have to worry.
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3 years ago#5
oh so the laptop being hot doesn't damage it? how do I know when hot is too hot or when it's overheating? just do that hw thing?
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3 years ago#6
If it overheats to a dangerous level it will probably shut itself down.
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3 years ago#7
The cpu should throttle itself before damage occurs, don't know about the gpu.
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3 years ago#8
so can I just download hwmonitor? and does it cost anything?
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