[NBLUG/talk] Safe cooling in a dusty environment?
troy at zenux.net
Fri Nov 27 13:23:22 PST 2009
On Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 12:25:32PM -0800, Lincoln Peters wrote:
> I'm expecting to do another upgrade on my parents' computer within the
> next month or two (this time it's most likely a new motherboard, CPU,
> and RAM). However, one thing I noticed after the last upgrade I did
> (new tower with better cooling) is that it's in an area filled with
> dust and cat hair (there's a visible layer of cat hair suctioned to
> the intake vent on the front of the case), and once I do this upgrade,
> it will probably be producing even more heat than before.
> Any suggestions? I know I've seen dust filters that install between
> the case vents and the fans, but I don't know how much they'll reduce
> the amount of cooling I get from the fans. And cleaning the dust out
> of the case is a huge chore (I'm the only one who can reach behind it
> to disconnect everything, and I have to travel 90 miles to do it for
> them), so I want to minimize how often that needs to be done if I
> possibly can. I'm also reluctant to install a liquid-cooling system,
> since a leak could cause considerable (and expensive) damage and
> they're on a tight budget.
Unless your parents are gamers or otherwise need serious graphical
capabilities, why don't you dodge the issue and spec out cool-running
hardware? This generation's CPU's aren't the mini thermo-nuclear devices
of a few years ago, and you may be able to replace the existing video card
with something integrated.
Regarding the dust and cat hair problem: the higher you can situate the box
off of the ground, the less of an issue it will be.
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