Make your computer happy--keep it cool!

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Registered: 01-20-2004
Make your computer happy--keep it cool!
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Wed, 07-10-2013 - 4:14pm

Is it too hot for you? There is a good chance your computer is warm, too. Your computer doesn't feel heat like you, but it is adversely affected by heat. Microprocessors, the devices that give your computer its computing power, also generate heat. That heat needs to be dissipated or the processor will be damaged. Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/business/ci_23624271/cool-computer-is-happy-computer#ixzz2YfwJiEqY

Do you take any precautions with your electronics? Do you have continued airflow around them? Any other tips you've learned?

Erin
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Tue, 07-16-2013 - 10:46am

I have always bulit my own desktops and I usually try to increase the clock sped beyond the factory default. This generates even more heat and requires bigger cooling solutions inside the case. However as you say it is important to keep open air around your computer. I suppose having it down low on or near the floor is best in summer as its usually cooler there but it subjects it to more dust intake and say pet hair if you have pets. Not a bad idea to take apart the case now and then and blow it out with compressed air.

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Wed, 07-17-2013 - 3:59pm

khatru1 wrote:

I have always bulit my own desktops and I usually try to increase the clock sped beyond the factory default. This generates even more heat and requires bigger cooling solutions inside the case. However as you say it is important to keep open air around your computer. I suppose having it down low on or near the floor is best in summer as its usually cooler there but it subjects it to more dust intake and say pet hair if you have pets. Not a bad idea to take apart the case now and then and blow it out with compressed air.

Yup, mine is in a tower section of my desk, close to the floor, and I often take it apart to clean it. Lots of dust and dog/cat hair.

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