Your computer contains a lot of parts, almost all of which generate heat when your computer is on. Some parts, like the CPU and graphics card, can get so hot, you could cook on them.
In a properly configured desktop or laptop computer, most of this heat is moved out of the computer’s case by several fans. If your computer isn’t removing the hot air fast enough, the temperature can get so hot that you risk serious damage to your PC. Overheating PCs may lead to unexpected shutdowns, lost data, and hardware damage. Needless to say, keeping your computer cool should be a top priority.
Any PC can benefit from simple measures to lower computer temperatures. Proper cooling will contribute to PC performance and component longevity. Best of all, it’s easy to do. You can encourage your gaming PC to run faster, smoother and cooler. Plus, you get the unseen benefit of longer lasting hardware, which you will thank yourself for in the long run! Many are free or very inexpensive so there’s really no excuse to let your computer overheat and cause damage.
- Over Clocking
If you’re not sure what over clocking is, you’re probably not doing it, so you don’t have to worry about it.
To the rest of you: you’re well aware that over clocking pushes your computer’s capabilities to its limits. What you may not realize is that these changes have a direct impact on the temperature that your CPU and any other over clocked components operates at.
If you’re over clocking your PC’s hardware but haven’t taken other precautions to keep that hardware cool then this one is to be noted down. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your PC. While it may seem nice in theory to have more performance from your hardware, it’s not worth risking your entire system over.
We definitely recommend re-configuring your hardware to factory default settings.
- Run PC in Close Space
Some people might tell you to run your computer with the case open to prevent overheating while gaming, but this is actually incorrect. Though it would seem logical – if the case is open, there would be more air flow which would help keep the computer cooler. The missing puzzle piece here is dirt. When the case is left open, dust and debris clog the cooling fans faster than when the case is closed. This causes the fans to slow down and fail much quicker than usual. A clogged up fan does a terrible job at cooling your expensive computer components. All this does is accumulating more dust in the fans, which will slow down their efficiency.
It’s true that running your computer with the case open might provide a small benefit at first, but the increase in fan exposure to debris has a much greater impact on temperature over the long run.
3. Maintain Proper Airflow
Maintaining proper airflow is vital to keeping a cool PC. Yet, maintaining proper airflow isn’t just about keeping your computer clean. It has to do with fan orientation as well. Proper airflow doesn’t simply require added fans. It also means maintaining a middle ground between positive and negative pressure.
The easiest thing to do is to create more breathing room. There should be nothing sitting next to your computer blocking the vents, particularly in the back. This is where most of the hot air exits from. If your computer sits inside a cabinet, be sure to open the door throughout the day. Otherwise, the hot air recycles itself.
Positive airflow is when cool, outside air is rushed into the system. Negative airflow is when hot, inside air is rushed outward. Aim for neutral airflow, wherein an equal amount of cool air is rushed in and hot air is exhausted out. If you’re ever confused about how to orient your case fan, there should be an indicator on the fan itself to show which way air is being directed.