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Old 2008-05-22, 15:30   #4
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Dec 2005

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If your cpu has thermal protection then you are probably okay if all works well as it should shut down once it reaches the shutdown temperature. If it doesn't, then the internal temperature will just keep rising until something melts and shorts out. Could be the cpu, could be the power supply, could be a component on the motherboard. What happens when your cpu fan fails to keep the cpu within the required operating temperature range? :)

When a cpu overheats and destroys itself, it's not abnormal for the motherboard to end up unusable too. So the end result can get rather expensive. One of the gents on the amd_users forum had his computers in his garage, and ended up with one of them starting a fire with resulting serious damage to the garage structure of several thousand dollars.

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