It’s already May 4 and some say summer is over, but the weather tells us otherwise. For me, I can still feel that heat and I do mean the very hot heat of summer. Specially from 10 am – 3 pm of the day.
Yes, I still want to go the beach even if it’s already May. 🙂
Keeping your computer cool, is one of the ways that you can extend your computer’s life. As it preserve and keep all those ever important IC, chips, processor and other components up and running.
Anyhow, if you think that your trusty and hopefully not rusty computer is feeling the heat as well, here are some tip to keep your computer cool.
1. Clean your computer.
Like what I posted on my “Tech Tips: How to extend the life of your Computer?” Dust and other dirt can clog up your computer and trap heat inside the computer, making it hard for your installed fan to do their job properly.
2. Keep your computer in cool places.
Ever heard of the phrase “Store in cool and dry places”, this make sense since placing your computer is wet environment will not just harm your computer but also you. 🙂 But if you’re an average joe and cannot afford an AC one of the best place to store or place your computer, a desktop in particular is that cool and dark corner of your house. It can be that wall adjacent your window or the wall near your opposite your window and I’m not referring to the Windows the OS. 🙂 Just make sure that you clean that corner first before you place your computer.
3. Keep the cover on.
You’re asking, if there is no cover then you will have an increase air flow and that means you will have a cooler computer, but the problem here is not the air flow but with the dust and dirt. Since your computer’s internal component are exposed to different element not only that you need your place to be dust free, and it should also be free from other elements like water, nosy cat, flying objects and kids that are running around.
4. Install Fans/CPU Fan.
Like what the title suggests, install additional heatsink or fan on your computer to increase air flow thereby cooling your computer. Of course, when you install more fan, you may want to check your power supply if it can still manage to supply power to the additional fans.
5. Stop Overclocking.
Aside from exterior elements, a computer that is overclocked is one of the heat contributor to your computer. If your computer just running application that does not need that much computing power, it’s best that you rather stop the overclocking then just increase the RAM of your computer and overclock it until it fries.
6. Upgrade your cooling system.
This one is easy, if you have the budget and your computer really requires heavy duty cooling, you may want to switch from fan only cooling system to liquid cooling system or phase/Phase-change cooling system. If you are on either liquid or phase cooling system, then you can just disregard my number 5 entry. 🙂
Since I mentioned budget, for you to have an idea how much a liquid or phase change cooling system, you will need to shell out atleast $500 to $1,000 for the phase change cooling system and $100 to $300 for the liquid cooling system.
NOTE: A phase change cooling system is similar to the cooling system of Air conditioner. You can say that it is the AC of computers.
Last modified: May 4, 2010