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#1 kilgorecemetery

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:13 AM

I have more of a general question about cooling a computer. First lets assume a few things: A. Computer is air cooled, B. Computer fans are operating correctly, and C. Computer is not overheating.

To start with my air conditioner in my apartment blows directly on my CPU case. It is from a bit of a distance (21ft), but in a direct line of sight. One day while trouble shooting some hardware issues I had the sides of the case off and I noticed that the Temperature display on the outside case showed a very low Temperature of 65 degrees Fahrenheit. I know that this doesn't measure the processor itself, or the video card for that matter. To my knowledge it's supposed to provide the general Temperature inside the case.

My question is, while the air conditioner is running would I have any reason to put the sides of the case back on or would the computer be better off with no sides for the time being?

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:44 AM

A Computer Tower is designed to have the sides left on. The Fans expel the hot air from the components.

By removing the sides you are disrupting the designed air flow.

You can easily add an extra fan,or two if temp is an issue.

Besides you run the risk of Electrocution,with the sides off.

Small Children,pets,and even yourself.

My advice is to leave the sides on,for the above reasons. :thumbsup:















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Posted 19 May 2010 - 01:33 AM

This quite a question that will always be controversial to most of us.

Sometimes leaving off the side Panels can be advertagious, sometimes not so great.

Those Panels that need Electricity can be still be there still hooked up, for the Fans used in them, but put to the back of where you are working, still hooked up to work on them.

That frees up access to internal workings on Repair. Under Air Con Conditions it is Fine, as Dust is excluded. Under other Conditions it can be detrementral.

Low Temperatures under Air Con is a definate Plus.

Dust under a Non Air Con Enviroument will always be a Problem, same as Smoking.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 06:24 AM

I don't pay much attention to the airflow situation but I still will put my vote in as put the side panels on. You never know when you might have an accident and something might go flying in the computers direction.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 07:23 AM

I don't pay much attention to the airflow situation but I still will put my vote in as put the side panels on. You never know when you might have an accident and something might go flying in the computers direction.



I just had to comment on this.

What the heck do you throw at your Computer?

WHF, it is just a Machine that you control? Believe it or not, Humans Control Computers.

Could I be wrong in that? If I am wrong, we are in Deep Problems!

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Edited by Drovers Dog, 19 May 2010 - 07:33 AM.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 12:46 PM

I don't pay much attention to the airflow situation but I still will put my vote in as put the side panels on. You never know when you might have an accident and something might go flying in the computers direction.



I just had to comment on this.

What the heck do you throw at your Computer?

WHF, it is just a Machine that you control? Believe it or not, Humans Control Computers.

Could I be wrong in that? If I am wrong, we are in Deep Problems!

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My observation is that it is not so much the likelihood of a person throwing things toward the computer as incidental or accidental FOD introduced inside the case. Such as a moth or other insect inside the house landing inside. And as has been mentioned, a pets paw or tail or child's fingers. A flying broken paper clip or staple from correspondence or classwork, and heaven forbid a carelessly spilled drink. These are easily mitigated hazards that would be reduced or eliminated by proper installation of computer's side panels.

No one said anything about human control of an inanimate device. Or said you were wrong. Lets not take this topic into the realms of science fiction.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 01:43 AM

Leave the sides on and control your air flow with fans and vents. Your fans are all ready sucking in the cool air produced by your air conditioner in your room.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 02:15 AM

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Such as a moth or other insect inside the house landing inside.
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Ha! The original computer bug!

Out of curiosity, what was the room temperature when you got that reading of 65?



I'd also vote for sides on, for the airflow. You want the air to circulate between components, and that will probably not happen when you have the side off.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 04:21 AM

As from Post 3

This quite a question that will always be controversial to most of us.

Sometimes leaving off the side Panels can be advertagious, sometimes not so great.


With the side panels on, normal use is fine. Repair is totally impossible, even if it takes days.

Can someone explain how you could change RAM without removing the side Panel? Then Test how it is going?

Ray.

Edited by Drovers Dog, 21 May 2010 - 04:29 AM.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 04:38 AM

As from Post 3

This quite a question that will always be controversial to most of us.

Sometimes leaving off the side Panels can be advertagious, sometimes not so great.


With the side panels on, normal use is fine. Repair is totally impossible, even if it takes days.

Can someone explain how you could change RAM without removing the side Panel? Then Test how it is going?

Ray.


With respect,Ray,read the original post and stop waffling on,my friend. :thumbsup:















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Posted 21 May 2010 - 02:39 PM

for the time being, like the op said, no you shouldnt have to put your side panels back on when your a/c is running. if this is just temporary while you troubleshoot hardware, your computer can operate completely normal with no side panels and the a/c blowing on it.

Im sure the op knows that accidents can happen guys... whether it be leaving the side panels off or crossing the street.

Edited by thicool, 21 May 2010 - 02:41 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:32 AM

Thank you, thicool.

Under Air condititioning this can never happen.

http://www.wackyarchives.com/bizarre/never...ned-the-pc.html

Dust is excluded from the Work Space.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:15 PM

for temporarily troubleshooting hardware, i dont think its anything to worry about




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