Originally Posted by surgeVel
Is your actual laptop fans running? Overtime they could have stopped working or gotten clogged with dust. If that's the case even a laptop fan won't help since all the heat collects inside and the laptop fan mostly cools the outside with only a little penetration.
the fans are definitely running. I guess dust buildup would probably be the culprit, I was also thinking that there are too many background processes running but I don't know how to check that accurately (the task manager shows 1-4% CPU usage with spikes whenever i do something, and only 1.35 gb of memory used (less than half)