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Is it bad if the sun shines on computer components?

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March 20, 2010 11:08:25 PM

my pc is placed under a window and sometimes i forget to close the blind at night and when i wake up in the morning the sun is shinning on my computer parts, usually the graphic card. my case is pretty open because of fans.
So is this harmful for my computer?

thanks,
a c 235 U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 11:15:07 PM

i would not see hows its harmful as long as the parts remain under normal temp
a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 11:42:08 PM

+1 what ct1615 said.

My pc is just a few inches away from a window. I have not experienced any problems.
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Anonymous
March 21, 2010 12:17:37 AM

I would suggest that long term exposure to direct sunlight will casue degradation to the plastic components in your PC as well as to the Printed Circut Boards. My advice is not to have any direct exposure to direct light to the internals of your pc!

Sunlight degrades many man made materials especially pastics, though, you are probably going to.get a new machinne before major damage is done!
a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 1:39:51 AM

moricon - OOPS! I forgot to mention that. I only get sunshine through the window for a couple of hours in the late afternoon. I've got a steel case. It is oriented so the sun's harmful rays only strike the right side panel which does not have any openings.

BTW - Have you ever ran across a report indicating how long it would take for the sun's harmful rays to damage a circuit board? Just curious.
March 21, 2010 4:46:39 AM

So will i have lost framerate due to sunlight shining on my graphic card?
a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 5:17:55 AM

I don't think so.
a c 235 U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 1:58:52 PM

no loss in framerate
a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 2:16:02 PM

JohnnyLucky said:

BTW - Have you ever ran across a report indicating how long it would take for the sun's harmful rays to damage a circuit board? Just curious.

I have never seen anything like that. But considering that I have fully functional plastic lawn furniture that has been in the Saudi sun for more than 10 years, it has to be a long time.
a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 3:52:47 PM

jsc - That's what I figured.
Anonymous
March 22, 2010 11:26:47 AM

Hmm, yes, a couple of hours to the side of the case is nothing to worry about, as long as it doesn't cause increased temps its all good..

jsc, plastic lawn furniture has additives in the plastic to help prevent UV degradation, that helps increase its life in the sun, hopefully where it should be as it is outside lawn furniture!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UV_stabilizers_in_plastics

Further more,

I did mention that the lifespan of the PC components would probably outstretch its use over UV damage.

I lived in SA for many years and have first hand experience of Plastics breaking down due to sun damage..
March 25, 2010 8:45:07 AM

thanks for all your answers. By the way i cant see the choose best answer option in this thread
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