Keeping your computer cool
How much your computer gets hot usually, depends entirely on your usage. Some people use their computers only for Microsoft word so they rarely face heating issue, while some people play heavy games, which makes the computers heat up easily. If you belong to the latter category or if you’re someone who experienced heating issues with their PC for some other task, there are some simple tips you can follow to avoid facing these issues. If these tips do not work well for you, it may be a sign you that you need a computer cooling system.
Allow the passage of air
This is the simplest way to maintain suitable temperature of your PC. Allow the passage of air from the fans so the built-in cooling system can work efficiently to cool your computer. Do not put any object against the back or sides of the computer. This will give fans the room for circulation of air that is needed to cool your PC.
Keeping the case open
This is a fairly used trick to cool down the PC. Many users use their PC with the case open, as it gives more area for the circulation of air. This does work, but on the long run, it results in settlement of dust on the fans and other parts of the CPU. This can affect the performance of your PC. This technique should only be used in emergencies, when the PC needs to be cooled down immediately.
Regular cleaning of computer
Even if you don’t use your PC with open case, the dust will still settle on the fans eventually. There can be different materials like pet hair, debris etc., that can settle on the fans, making it hard to do its job. This will result in heating up of your PC unit. However, if you regularly clean the fans, this problem can be solved easily.
Why cooling system is necessary
If the aforementioned tips do not work for you and you still face heating issues, you need a cooling system. There is no problem in your unit. You need a computer cooling system because the modern machines, especially gaming PCs, are equipped with heavy-duty transistors and processors. These electronic parts get heated up due to prolonged usage. Furthermore, to make the whole unit compact, these parts are installed very close to each other. All this results in heating issues. To be sure whether you need a cooling system or not, note the temperature of your PC. If the temperature is around 60°C, it is time you get yourself a cooling system. Delaying this task can result in poor performance of your PC and if things get worse, you might experience hardware failure, which will then cost you a lot of money.
To avoid the additional costs and damages, it is best that you support your computer with an additional cooling system. It will help you use your PC without breaks, without worrying about cooling the system.
Different types of cooling systems available
There are primarily two types of cooling systems available; Water cooling system and Air cooling system. Let’s take a look at both of these systems individually.
Air cooling system
The passive air cooling systems maintain a flow of air to cool the PC. Some of these systems are equipped with heat pipes to transport the excess heat out of the system more efficiently. The main task of these cooling systems is to throw the air out of the PC, into the surroundings.
The active cooling systems include a component that is attached at the back of the fan to maintain a stable flow of air inside and out of the CPU.
Both of these systems are used for lower performance PCs and can not be used for heavy-duty gaming PCs.
Water cooling systems
The water cooling systems are ideal for heavy-duty PCs. The excess heat is transported silently outside the PC. A pump drives the water through the CPU unit. The water absorbs the air and distributes the air to the surroundings. This is a very affective but, expensive method of cooling your PC.
Factors to consider when choosing cooling system
When selecting the cooling system for your PC, you need to consider the following factors in mind.
Your usage; whether an Air cooling system will suffice or you need a water cooling system
The Thermal Design Power (TDP) rating of the cooling system
The CPU socket of your CPU
Sound levels you can bear