PC's enclosures for cold weather

November 16, 2005 at 05:58:41
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Here is my dilemma, I have a shipping dock area that has PC's that allow employees to scan shippments into our system. My problem is that these a regualar desktop PC's not designed for the extreme hot and cold weather that we experience in northern Kentucky. During the winters a couple of the PC's crash because of the cold weather. I have looked at some of the computer enclosures that are out there; however, I haven't seen any with any type of insulation to keep the CPU warm. I am not looking to spend thousands of dollars, so I need a good cost effective solution. I also need the enclosure to have fans for good air filtered flow, to help keep relatively cool in summer, and keep dust from entering the PC. I currently have 5 PC's at our shipping docks. Does anyone have any ideas?

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#1
November 16, 2005 at 06:50:37

Usually there should be no problem with the cold. The computer should produce enough heat to keep itself warm. Maybe a wind resistant box with a damp chaser (small closet heater). More air circulation in summer.

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#2
November 16, 2005 at 07:51:29

I think the main issue with the cold weather is with regards to the hard drive (EIDE). Most hard drives that I have read up about only have an enviromental operating temp of no less than 30-35 degree fahrenheit.

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#3
November 16, 2005 at 08:21:43

What is the temperature in the box with the computers left on? If you want to shut off you should heat it to about 40. (maybe 25 watts in a box)

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#4
November 16, 2005 at 09:05:33

can you put a small lightbuld 15 watts or so in case to keep warm while comp is off ? turn it off once comp is running . should keep things warm enough to operate

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#5
November 16, 2005 at 09:28:29

The computer(s) aren't currently in an enclosure, so I can't take a temp. I am looking to order som type of enclosures. I think just having the computers in an enclosure with fans and a filter would help quite a bit.

What I am hearing from most of you is that if the computer is up and running, the cold wether would most likely not cause any issues. What about the monitor, I have seen enclusures that house just the CPU, or both the CPU and the monitor. I would like to just purchase the CPU enclusre and let the monitor stay outside of the box. What do you all think?


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#6
November 16, 2005 at 10:36:19

While low temperature itself is not a problem, condensation is.

A daytime temperate of 40F falling to 20F at night would be enough to cause condensation. Generally speaking if the temperature is tolerable for a human, it is also tolerable to a computer. But humans aren't as sensitive to condensation as computers are. If condensation is the problem then you are going to need some kind of dehumidifier.

Stuart


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