With the British weather warming up, it seems as though the summer of 2011 could prove interestingly hot. Great news for all of the sun seeking folks out there but for our PC’s it introduces a less fortunate scenario of… overheating. The temperature inside a desktop machine will range from 23’C to 50’C, with a variance of maybe around +3’c to +5’c for working the machine to it’s limits. Any higher than this limit though and you can start to introduce major hardware complications whereby almost anything can happen to the machine. In our years in the industry we’ve seen graphics adapters melt causing nothing but an ondisplay white and grey screen, chips melting on the mainboard - causing an array of issues from failure to boot down to no network connectivity, even once to be that bad it left scorch marks under the processor. So we’ve compiled 3 ways to keep your computers cool this summer and hopefully prevent any unforseen complications.
Perform checks on the fans inside the computer
When the opportunity arises, it is often a good idea to make sure that the internal fans are working inside your PC. Once in a while, power supply fans and / or case fans can burn out. When this happens, there may not be any immediate symptoms but if you can identify the problem and correct it before symptoms begin to appear, you might be able to save time and money later.
Stay on top of the dust
It is well known amongst the industry that most over-heating problems are caused by dust than by anything else. If dust clogs the air intake on a PC, air does not move properly through the case and the PC can overheat. It doesnt hurt to clean the back of the power supply unit or occasionally pass a hoover over the machine, this ‘could’ be potentially suggested to the cleaning team.
Avoid enclosing the PC
A lot of desks are designed more for the aesthetic appeal than for their functionality. The problem with such desks is that they can prevent air from circulating. As a result, the computer keeps recycling the same air, heating it a little bit more each time it passes through the case. The temperature may eventually rise to the point that components begin to fail. Just pulling out your desktop PC by a few inches can sometimes be enough to reduce the inside temperature by as much as 5’c to 10’c!
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