How To Stop Your Computer From Overheating When Playing Games

Having a computer that is constantly working or gaming can be very annoying, especially in the winter when you want to enjoy some warm games!

If your computer starts acting weirdly ever since you started playing more intensive games or using it for other tasks, it could be due to overheating.

Computer heat comes from two main sources: active components such as processors and graphics cards, and peripherals like monitors, mice and keyboards.

Active components are what do most of the work on your computer, so they take up the biggest chunk of heat energy. Peripheral devices are usually much less powerful than their desktop counterparts, but still important to have because they connect to your computer (think about it- without them, you would not be able to use your computer!).

Graphics cards are an integral part of any game you play, and therefore they consume a lot of power. Because of this, there are several ways to prevent your card(s) from getting too hot. This will also help ensure that your computer works properly while you are using it.

This article will go into detail on how to manage the temperatures of both your processor and GPU, as well as tips and tricks for cooling down your monitor, mouse, and keyboard. We will also talk about why having cool computers is important, and how to tell if yours is becoming too hot.

Make sure your CPU is not overheating

how to stop your computer from overheating when playing games

An ever-increasing number of computer manufacturers have switched from using heat sinks that are attached to the processor by only a fastening screw or pin to using ones where the processor can be connected to a cooling fan directly.

This second design style was popularized in early processors like the Intel Core i3 and AMD Athlon II X4 processors but has become more common as time goes on.

By attaching the fan right next to the chip, it does not require very much space, making them relatively easy to fit into small computers. If needed, you can also add another fan to create an even higher airflow.

Use proper cooling methods for your GPU

Most gaming laptops have two coolers, one for their integrated graphics chip (aka CPU) and another for their discrete graphics card. However, using both of these coolers at the same time can cause overheating!

Most laptop manufacturers recommend not using both coolers at once because it could damage or even destroy your computer.

Luckily there are some easy ways to prevent this from happening. You can choose either to use just the internal cooler or just the external cooler depending on which is more effective in cooling down your GPU.

Use a good-quality cooling pad

how to stop your computer from overheating when playing games

A cooling pad is one of the most important items in ensuring your computer does not overheat while gaming. There are many types of cooling pads, but they all do the same thing! They help cool down your computer by conducting heat away from your CPU.

The size and texture of the cooling pad matter as well. If it is too thin, it will not work very well. Too thick could cause your computer to get stuck or take longer to dissipate heat.

Something to be careful of is plastic gel cooling mats. These can sometimes melt when exposed to high temperatures for extended periods. An easy way to test if this has happened is to hold the mat up to your wrist or nose – you should be able to feel it warm there!

Cooling gels are another type of cooling pad that can be helpful. Just make sure they are thermal conductive enough to effectively spread the heat around. [1] Some people even like to mix regular gel cooling pads with liquid-cooled ones to see which works better for their machine.

Use a proper heat sink

how to stop your computer from overheating when playing games

A heat sink is an integral part of any computer cooling system, which helps dissipate excess heat built up in your GPU or CPU. Because GPUs and CPUs work at very high temperatures, poor thermal contact can cause malfunction or even fire!

Mostly made of copper, a good quality heat sink will have longer fins that spread out heat more effectively. The fins are usually attached to the cooler using solid metal clips or bolts, making it easy to add or remove them for use under different conditions.


Use only products from recognized manufacturers

Make sure you get the right product for your motherboard and graphics card by doing some research first! Only buy things from companies that people talk about having worked well for their own experience with the product.

We recommend staying away from brands that require installation yourself as there may be too much risk for users who do not know how to properly use a heat sink. Generic “cooling fan” types of products often do not perform well and could hurt your computer instead of helping it.

Avoid buying those plastic covers like they were mentioned earlier since these don’t always fit correctly and might block off important cool air passages. An extended-length sheet of thin metallic foil also does not provide enough coverage to prevent overheating.

Ensure your fans are running properly

how to stop your computer from overheating when playing games

One of the biggest causes of computer overheating is poor fan performance. If you notice your laptop or PC being very hot, have a look at your cooling system first- possibly there is a faulty fan that is not working effectively.

If you use your computer for gaming, it can be difficult to tell when a fan does not work due to excessive heat. This could potentially damage your machine.

There should always be a stream of cool air coming from each fan, however, if you do not see any movement then they may need replacing. Testing your fans works easily; just pull out a pin or clip and hold it next to a surface close to the temperature you would like to check (for example, under a heater) – if it moves quickly, then everything is okay!

You can also feel the speed of a fan by touching its metal plate edge – if it’s very cold and takes time to warm up, then there is something wrong.

Replace your heat sink and/or fan

how to stop your computer from overheating when playing games

After trying all of the other solutions, then it is time to replace either your computer’s thermal fin or its fan. Because computers work by taking energy from our electricity supply and converting it into digital information, they must also be able to give off this energy to function properly.

If your computer is no longer doing that effectively, then there may be something wrong with it. Since heat is one of the main reasons why a normal computer will not run efficiently, investing in good-quality cooling equipment can help mitigate this issue

We have identified two potential areas of failure for your computer if overheated games are happening. These include the motherboard (the central part) and the graphics card (an attached chip that processes video images). By replacing these components, you can hopefully prevent further damage to your machine and get it working again.

Run a maintenance routine

how to stop your computer from overheating when playing games

If you are experiencing constant restarts or your system is running very hot, it is important to run a maintenance routine before trying to fix the issue further.

There could be many reasons for your computer overheating such as poor cooling or software that has gone bad.

But one of the most common causes of your laptop or desktop being unable to function normally is an unstable graphics card.

This can sometimes occur if you have too much dust built up in the case or if there is not enough space within the chassis to dissipate heat effectively.

By performing a quick check under warranty (if available) we would recommend checking both the CPU and GPU temperature settings.

We also suggest changing the thermal paste on your graphics chip which will help regulate temperatures.

Update your drivers

how to stop your computer from overheating when playing games

Recent developments in gaming have also allowed software developers to create games with higher performance settings, which can sometimes contribute to computer overheating. While this is great for gamers, it can be a problem if you are trying to do other things like work or watch movies!

If you notice your laptop becoming very hot while playing a game, then chances are its internal cooling system has failed. As we mentioned earlier, laptops contain heat sinks and fans to help keep cool, but when these fail, they may no longer be able to function properly.

Fortunately, replacing the faulty part is usually quite easy to do, so don’t worry about wasting money buying a new one unless you want to try it out! Luckily, most parts sold online and at technology stores come with instructions that tell you how to install them.