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Jul 24, 2022
How to prevent your computer from overheating

Whether you're a gamer or a regular user, your computer's components are at risk of overheating if you don't keep an eye on their temperature. Here are nine tips to help you keep your computer from overheating.

Keep it away from vents and windows
Look at where your computer is located. Is it a particularly hot place? Make sure your computer is not near a vent or window with direct sunlight. Sometimes moving your computer to a different location can help reduce its temperature.

Give it room to breathe
Look at where your computer is placed and remove any obstructions to airflow. For best performance, leave 5-8 cm of empty space on each side of your computer. Now let's move on to your desk. If your computer is enclosed in a drawer or cabinet, it is even more prone to overheating problems.

Close the case
While it may seem counterintuitive, an open case doesn't help regulate internal temperatures, but it does keep them from coming down. A closed case reduces the impact of dust and debris on the fans. A significant amount of dust can slow down or even stop the fans. Enclosures are designed for efficient air management. With fans and proper air intake, you can preserve your computer's components.

Clean Fans
Dust and debris can wreak havoc on your first line of defense against heat: the fans. When you open your computer case, you should see several fans: one on the processor, one in the power supply, and perhaps one (or more) on the front or back. Turn off your computer and use a can of dry air to remove dust from each fan. Do not use a vacuum cleaner when cleaning your computer. The static electricity they generate can do more damage than the heat.

Choose a more efficient processor fan (ventirad)
The processor is one of the most sensitive and expensive components in your computer, and it's also the one most at risk of overheating. Most processors come pre-equipped with entry-level fans, designed simply to provide sufficient ventilation for their operation, nothing more. That's why it may be worthwhile to replace the CPU fan with a more efficient model to keep its temperature down. However, keep in mind that your fan, no matter how well designed, is incapable of lowering the temperature below the lowest temperature present in the case.

Add a case fan
Upgrading your CPU fan is a good start, but adding case fans can also be very effective. Since performance-enhancing memory modules and the graphics card generate a lot of heat, installing case fans on the front and back of your computer helps intensify the airflow through your machine. Many of our Ballistix® customers choose to install two case fans: one to bring cool air into the computer, and one to exhaust hot air. If you decide to add case fans, make sure the air intake and exhaust levels match. If you install an 80mm fan at the front and a 120mm fan at the back of your case, the differential will create an area of stagnant air and a slight vacuum, which can increase the risk of overheating.

Check the power supply fan
A PC's power supply has a built-in fan; if you don't have case fans, then the power supply's fan is the only one that expels hot air from your computer. If it is not working properly, your computer will quickly overheat. If the power supply fan is not working, replace it immediately.

Purchase a watercooling kit
For gaming computers with high-end processors and overclocked components, even the most powerful fans are often unable to cope with high system temperatures. To solve this problem, many gamers choose watercooling kits to cool the processor. In a watercooling kit, a pump circulates cold water to the processor through self-contained tubes, then pumps the water out of the computer where it is cooled before being returned to the processor for another cooling cycle. If you're ready to do some technical installation, watercooling kits are safe and relatively affordable.

Take precautions when overclocking
While overclocking can optimize the performance of your components, it also pushes your computer to the limits of its capabilities, which always results in higher temperatures. If you're using Ballistix Tactical or Ballistix® Elite modules, you can use our custom Ballistix® M.O.D. utility to monitor memory temperature in real time. No matter how you overclock, make sure you take the right precautions to improve your computer's cooling capacity.

It's not complicated to reduce the heat of your computer, and with these tips you'll guarantee it a superior durability. By taking these actions to reduce the temperature of your computer, you will save money and improve the life of your system.

Taken from: How to Keep Your Computer Cool

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