What do you do to keep your Computer Cool?

@amitksing (1323)
India
April 30, 2009 3:06am CST
I use my computer to an extreme level, around 14-16 hrs a day these days. With the summers coming, my Computer gets heated very soon. Although I try to keep it cool be putting the Fan in the room on even if I am not around the Computer. I even open up the window for fresh air to come inside. What else can I use? You have any suggestion?
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@s8tern (76)
• Egypt
4 May 09
well, if you are using a laptop , then buying a chill pad would be the optimal thing to do, aside from keeping the fan air way clear of obstruction of any kind if it is a desktop pc, then i suggest you get the following : 1 case fan that you will mount onto the side of case facing the cpu fan 1 case fan that you will mount to the back of the case above the VGA & other cards 1 HDD fan that will be mounted under your HDD , bolted directly to it aside from that , putting a blower to the case and monitor once every two weeks wont hurt ...
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
4 May 09
Thank you so much!! Veru helpful!!
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@sawatzky (69)
• Canada
1 May 09
I have a/c in summer and a cool basement. The external hard drives still overheat if they're working for hours without rest. I have built-in warnings that pop up when the processor temp goes over a certain limit. When they reach 80 degrees C or so (that's HOT!!! 176F). I usually ignore that warnings if I'm in the middle of something, but I try to stop soon. Your computer should be able to keep itself cool, assuming that the ambient temperature is less than the computer max temperature. If your computer has a built in thermometer, watch it. The processor overheats when you are doing process intensive stuff with it. Surfing the internet is not processor intensive. If you are playing games, and the temp rises above the max processor temp... stop what you're doing! The fans should be able to cool the computer back to safe levels.
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
2 May 09
Its pretty informative. Thanks a lot for the post!!
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@rosekiss (30266)
• Eugene, Oregon
2 May 09
I would suggest a chill mat that sits under your laptop. It has a fan in it and it hooks up to the laptop, to keep the cpu cool. Mine never over heats that way. You can get them pretty reasonable at walmart, as that is where I got mine. If you put it on your lap, then use the chill mat to keep our lap cool as well. I have a laptop table that mine site son and I can just pull it towards me to type, In fact the legs will slide under the easy chair for better access to the laptop.
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@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
2 May 09
Fan on top of my CPU - It sucks out the heat accumulated inside of my cpu.
Well my computer's case has two fans installed. One on top and one at the back. The top fan takes heat out of my cpu. I just open the lid whenever it gets too hot to bear. It's retractable and it automatically turns the fan on when it's lifted. The fan at the back runs all the time whenever the computer is on. I don't know but i think it's pretty rare for computers to get overheated as long as everything is installed well and it should be clean too.
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
2 May 09
Desktops always come with a lot of option. And the fan on the upper side of your CPU is really good, I saw it for the very first time! Problem is with Laptops. And I have one such crap !
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@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
2 May 09
Well at least you got yourself a laptop. I don't own a laptop and i think it would be a great experience to own one.
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
3 May 09
Believe me, except the feature of portability, a desktop is far far better than a Laptop!!
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@freak369 (4974)
• United States
1 May 09
Targus Chill Pad -  * Laptop Desktop Holder
 * Unit Construction: Molded Plastic
 * Used for Notebook Protection, Keeping Laptop Cool
 * Compatible with LCD Laptops
 * Additional Features: Easy to Use
 * 11.75x9x0.8 "; 0.9 Lb.
I'd suggest getting a Chill Pad. You can get them for about twenty dollars but you could easily spend $50.00 or more for one of the deluxe models. Target has one for $24.99 that works well to keep laptops cool. If you love your laptop, spend the money to keep it from overheating. Here si the link if you want to check it out: http://www.target.com/Targus-Laptop-Chill-Pad-PA248Y01U/dp/B000OE1RGI
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
1 May 09
Thank you so much! I was really looking forward to something like this! I'll definitely think about having this for my notebook. Thanks again!
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@freak369 (4974)
• United States
13 May 09
Awe, thanks for the best response, it was nice to get a notification instead of the usual spam
@dashawk (275)
• Philippines
30 Apr 09
well, computers don't need fresh air.. hehehe... 14-16 hours, that's really heavy for the computer... I suggest you buy the SilverStone NT06-E CPU Cooler to cool your CPU, although it's a bit huge, it still depends on you on how to install it.. you can also add some CPU FANS on the top or at the side panels or at the front pane... I do have these setup on my computer because it runs 24 hours.. hehehe
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
He He .. And I thought only I am so cruel to my Computer!! Actually I own a laptop, this is the bigger problem!
@dashawk (275)
• Philippines
1 May 09
hehehe, I'm not that cruel.. hehehe that's why I keep my computer cool with those gadgets... hehehehe... there are also cooling fans for laptops.... I forgot the model name of that fan. hehehe
@gcabando (314)
• Philippines
21 May 09
I keep my computer cool by turning on the air condition when I'm using the computer. Because it is humid in my room.
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
21 May 09
This probably is the best solution for the problem.. The issue is what if one cannot afford an Air Conditioner. Thanks for your post!
@ralphido (843)
• India
4 May 09
well.. i had some similar schedule.. so i bought an extra pair of cooling fans for my computer.. and its been working fine for me ever since.. now , i am also looking for something similar for my laptop. ...
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
21 May 09
I would love if you share the solution for the Laptop once you get it. Thanks for the post.
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@animestan (323)
• Canada
3 May 09
If its a laptop , get a 2 fan pad, if a desktop, add a fan or get a new case
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
3 May 09
Thanks for the Suggestion!!
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@agihcam (1915)
• Philippines
30 Apr 09
I have a suggestion for you. I have my laptop at work and it is running for 8 to 9 hours a day and it is getting hot in the afternoon. What I have done is lift the laptop a little having two pieces of tape at the back so that it creates space from the table so that the air can go in.
@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
Great Suggestion!! I have been applying this, but I use some book or other stuff with a bit smaller surface area in contact than the Laptop base, so that th fans get a bit of space and some cool air.. Nice suggestion though, am applying it right from now!!
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@chulasa (69)
• Philippines
30 Apr 09
My desktop before have lots of fan. My Power supply have 2 built in fan, then my CPU casing have 2 fans. I also have a separate fan for my hard disks. If it's really hot I take off the CPU cover then I put a fan directly to the CPU. I made sure that the CPU is free from dust (cause if it accumulates it then tends to block the fans) I also keep the CPU's surrounding clutter free.
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
Wow, you really take care of your computer a lot!! I guess I could get some suggestions about my Laptop..
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@Sir_bobby88 (8244)
• Singapore
30 Apr 09
Well that is why computer is always put in a air con room yea .
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@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
I can't afford turning on AC for 14-16 hours. It consumes too much electricity, and doesn't fit my pocket!
• Philippines
30 Apr 09
Electric Fan. One way to minimize the heat of the computer. And I know some are selling cooling fans for the desktop. That might work.
@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
Do such cooling fans come for laptops also?
• Philippines
30 Apr 09
I think there are USB Laptop Coolers or something like that available in the market. You should try to look for one. :p
@megh4u (372)
• Alpharetta, Georgia
30 Apr 09
to keep my computer cool I use few measures i.e. I put my pc in the cool palce and avoid constant running my pc for hours, use usb exhaustfan to emit most of the heat out side the cpu...I can't afford AC so there are some helpful measures which helps me to reduce heating problem from my pc.
@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
Great measures!! I wish I could get a USB fan for my Laptop
@sergedan (768)
• Romania
30 Apr 09
MY computer is already cool. The baddest PC on the block, might I add.
@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
Ha Ha
@med889 (5958)
30 Apr 09
My laptop is equipped with two fans and it never gets too heated, my previous laptop does not have this feature and I got to open the window or use a real fan.
@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
My laptop has only one fan
@fwangaa (3058)
• China
30 Apr 09
you won't do anything for this. your computer will ok and don't need the fun. when my computer just bought, i also consider a lot for my computer, but when i used it for several years , i found it is nothing for hot in summer.
@amitksing (1323)
• India
30 Apr 09
Ya, this is what I have been doing for a couple of years but I am worried if it'll reduce the life of my computer.
• Canada
16 Sep 09
I have a fan that i got at a business supply store that powers off of my USB port, and sits underneath the computer. From above it looks like a hot plate, and the "burners" are actually the fan vents. I use a laptop, so it gets hot really quickly. The transformer on the power cord also gets hot, and that worries me sometimes. I'm surprised this stupid thing hasn't set something on fire.