You Must Let Your Computer Breathe

You Must Let Your Computer Breathe

By Richard Hay for Windows Observer

Any idea what a major contributing factor is to the failure of the electronics in your desktop computer case?

Heat, Heat and more Heat.

The build up of heat can cause the computer boards, connections and other elements in your computer system to fail early.

That is why you see so much focus on good ventilation, not only as part of a computer case itself along with the fans to move air in and out, but also where you place your CPU case when setting up a new PC.

You want to make sure there is plenty of room for your case fans to draw in fresh air to blow over the electronics in your system.

Naturally, pulling air in and out of a case also allows dust particles to be drawn into it because none of our homes are clean rooms and dust is simply a fact of life for the majority of us.

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2 thoughts on “You Must Let Your Computer Breathe

  1. That is good advice indeed but I would go further with my cleaning. I think the most critical build up of dust accumulates in the grills of the heat sinks on both the processor and the graphics card. My graphics card is mounted low down in the case. Its fan and heatsink cannot easily be seen without either using a mirror or removing the card.

    Every few months I disconnect everything from the tower and remove the sides of the case to inspect for dust build up, especially in those areas. I remove the graphics card for a better look at its heat sink and use a vaccuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment on the wand to remove fine dust from inside the heat sink. Same for the big heat sink on the CPU and on my pc it is quite easy to remove the fan here for better access.

    Recently I left it much longer between cleanings and was alerted to possible trouble by hearing an increase in fan speeds, depending on the demands on the graphics card. I also run HW Monitor occasionally to monitor temps at various locations in the works. I think most pcs these days will auto shut down if temperatures at critical places run too high.

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