Duct Tape Dude wrote:
...Additionally, GPUs and motherboards can also handle quite a bit of heat, or at least a lot more than whatever a hot CPU would be giving them. I could cite several personal anecdotes from the Core 2 era onwards (8600M anyone?). The most sensitive component of heat these days is really the battery (its long-term lifespan).
I said it because it's true. I do this for a living for office, friends, and family. I have seen numerous laptops fry due to people using them on pillows on their lap (how ironic), fans fail outright, improperly mounted heatsinks, and more. Additionally I've seen SFF and even desktops fail due to bad ventilation. In one case, a guy put his tower in a computer desk (again, ironic!), and left the door closed 24/7 with no ventilation. The hard drive was the first component to go.
Most people don't realize. If you could see your CPU temperatures, compare with what they SHOULD be normally, you will have a pretty good idea that something might be wrong, and be able to take action before any failures occur.