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Ways to keep your hardware cool in the hot summer days?

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June 17, 2012 11:18:40 PM

I personally take the side panel off and put a desk fan blowing air directly at it.
June 17, 2012 11:30:14 PM

i would just buy more case fans
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June 18, 2012 12:02:44 AM

Some serious Watercooling that lets you have a really low Delta
Moto
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June 18, 2012 12:09:43 AM

i dream of water cooling but too expensive im using a H80 right now on my Cosmos II
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June 18, 2012 12:25:13 AM

Beer cooling(for the operator) and turn it off & go outside and enjoy the weather.
-Bruce
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June 18, 2012 1:31:18 AM

Watercooling is indeed expensive. The Closed loop cooling by corsair looks nice, but its currently out of my budget
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June 18, 2012 1:47:09 AM

I have an Antec 300 with a pair of Antec TriCool fans at the front. I simply bump the front fans from low to medium for summer and clean the filter a little more often.
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June 18, 2012 1:50:56 AM

Put an Air conditioner in yourcompuiter room window, keep the door closed and then run it all the time. That will keep your computer cool all summer long. Kind of expensive though especially if you have high electricity rates.
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June 18, 2012 1:52:21 AM

tupacalypse said:
i dream of water cooling but too expensive im using a H80 right now on my Cosmos II


You could have bought a reasonable case and water cooling instead of a Costmos and H80. :kaola: 


On Topic; If you get better temps with your side panel open, your airflow is crap. Key components should actually have better temps with your case closed (given proper airflow). Check your case fan setup, see if you can add some more fans. If your case doesn't support more fans, get a better case.
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June 18, 2012 3:22:34 AM

I have a HAF 912 with 3 intake (2x 120mm fans in the front, and 1 120mm side panel) and 3 exhaust (2x 120mm on top, and 1 120mm on the back) Would it be better if I have more intake or more exhaust?
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June 18, 2012 3:27:32 AM

dfsa90 said:
Would it be better if I have more intake or more exhaust?

I personally favor more intake since that allows me to use dust filters so I don't have to clean the whole case multiple times per year due to dust coming in from every crack and hole around the case and building up on heatsinks all over the place.

With dust filters, I clean the filters every 1-3 months, the intake fans every year or so and that's that, the rest of the case does not seem to be accumulating much dust at all, haven't bothered cleaning the rest yet.
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June 18, 2012 3:33:00 AM

InvalidError said:
I personally favor more intake since that allows me to use dust filters so I don't have to clean the whole case multiple times per year due to dust coming in from every crack and hole around the case and building up on heatsinks all over the place.

With dust filters, I clean the filters every 1-3 months, the intake fans every year or so and that's that, the rest of the case does not seem to be accumulating much dust at all, haven't bothered cleaning the rest yet.


But if I turn the top exhaust into intakes, wouldnt that just push the hot air down and make the processor hotter?
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June 18, 2012 3:51:16 AM

You're running 6 case fans and still have heat issues in summer? Your Hardware? Room Temp?
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June 18, 2012 3:53:49 AM

whatsthatnoise said:
You're running 6 case fans and still have heat issues in summer? Your Hardware? Room Temp?

Well, I live in arizona and lately its been a constant 90f-105f degrees. My Room is about 80f-85f
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June 18, 2012 4:21:33 AM

dfsa90 said:
But if I turn the top exhaust into intakes, wouldnt that just push the hot air down and make the processor hotter?

You need to have at least some exhaust fans (or fanless) locations somewhere for hot air to get out of. The only exhaust fan I am using in my Antec 300 is the rear one to draw air across the VRM area and toss hot air from the 212+ out. My top fan is disconnected with a sheet of paper blocking airflow there.

No point in having intake dust filters if your exhaust fans are pulling so much air that they make the case suck dust in from all other openings.
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June 18, 2012 11:24:00 AM

Buy a better AC.

On a more serious note, other posters are saying about more intake than exhaust is due to pressure. Sucking all the air out makes negative pressure inside, which does suck dust in.

Also remember, that your components can never really be cooler than your ambient air temperature, so if its close enough than thats about as good as its going to get. Ambient temperature plays a huge role in cooling.
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June 18, 2012 3:51:12 PM

You can however push your delta temps as much as possible if you go water cooling (the real deal, not a Corsair, Antec, ... Asetek sealed loop). You could as well just get an air conditioner instead, though.
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June 18, 2012 5:00:04 PM

I just turn on my AC if it gets too hot.

If you overclock, then you can lower it or reset the CPU back to stock speed.
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June 18, 2012 6:31:17 PM

True, Ill just reduce my gaming until the night, or wait until winter
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June 18, 2012 10:36:12 PM

If your hardware is running within spec temps, why worry about it?...
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June 18, 2012 10:46:24 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
If your hardware is running within spec temps, why worry about it?...

I want some of my hardware to last for a while. Since im still in highschool have have no job, I cant afford to get replacements ever 6-7 months
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June 18, 2012 10:57:47 PM

Turn on your air condtion or turn it higher if it's already on....
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