A brief summary: I live on the second story level of an apartment complex and my bedroom (where my computer stuff is) faces the setting sun. Outside it is about 57 degrees F right now, and the temperature in my room is roughly 79 degrees just from the PC being on and me inside the room, exhaling, etc etc.. As of writing its midnight. So the radiant heat from the sun has had about 5 hours to dissipate. I am not even putting the PC under any load now but I can only imagine that the ambient temperature will rise even more once the fans kick in. My apartment must have severely good insulation to keep 20+ temperature difference from my computer and my body alone. Unless I vent my room I could easily see the room temperature going 85+ under load, for gaming, etc etc. On the cusp of fall. After doing a bunch of research I see a lot of guys running server rooms that fall within the 65 - 73 range, and they usually have to run a dedicated AC unit.
My question is this, how much do I have to fear hardware failure in my room? I can generally keep it at 77-79 with the door shut, and thats without bugging my parental unit to crank the AC..which to them sounds weird because it's 57 degrees outside and a decent 72-74 in the rest of the apartment.
I ponder about all the millions of other people in the world who live in less controllable situations, running the same types of hardware (or more) in consistently hotter temperatures. How do they do it?
My top concern is my data drives. I have 2 externals and 2 internals with data I simply cannot lose to hardware failure.
Maybe I'm just being paranoid. My only option is to buy a small portable AC unit but that seems, even for me, excessive to save my hardware, so long as I can keep this room below 90+...right?? Sometimes a perfect scenario is simply unobtainable...right??
Edited by helpmeobiwan, 28 October 2014 - 12:17 AM.