Solved can a computer run safely in high temperature

August 27, 2011 at 14:51:14
Specs: Windows XP
I want to put a PC in a room in the house with no Air conditioning, Can it run for prolonged periods, and is it safe for the computer? I live in Florida

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August 27, 2011 at 15:07:51
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In most modern systems there are inbuilt protections that will throttle back or shut down the CPU to prevent overheating damage. Whether you will reach/exceed the recommended temperature range for your system will depend on how small the room is and whether or not you can provide adequate airflow/ventilation around the system.

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August 27, 2011 at 15:12:24
It won't overheat under normal conditions. If your vents and fans are dust free, the case fan should be adequate. If it's that hot in the room, you won't want to be in there either.

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August 27, 2011 at 15:12:29
Make sure also that the system receives frequent cleaning (inside) to prevent dust (which acts as a heat-insulator) from building up:

As discussed here (several times), make sure you use only compressed air (not a vacuum) to blow dust out of the machine.

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August 28, 2011 at 10:20:33
Industrial computers are made to work in quite harsh environments. Ours tend to work inside boxes that can get quite hot. They work everyday next to large motors so it should be OK. Even in the server racks the boxes are tight together and run pretty hot. Generally the difference between 78 and 98 isn't that big of a deal to a computer if filters have been changed and you understand that it could fail a bit sooner (on paper.) I think I'd worry if it gets in the sun or above 115 air temps.

The owners manual usually claims some number as warrantied range. One example is 10-35C whatever that is in real numbers.

If you don't care about noise or emi/rfi you could even remove the case.

Better to add in a few extra fans or select a good cpu cooler would be all one should need.

Set bios settings to shutdown or at least warn on temps.

Actually all the classes I have had in esd were to use the preferred esd safe vacuum or in some places you are allowed to use low pressure high volume air. The last three large employers didn't allow using any compressed air. They insisted that one use a vacuum. Compressed air is not esd approved, it creates a flying hazard to eyes. It creates a dust hazard that may include lead along with nuisance dust.

One can tape a long paper tube to a vacuum in most cases to be a better substitute for a professional vacuum. If you insist on using a compressed product keep the nozzle well away and do this outside with mask and safety goggles. You don't want the dust back in your home and you don't want any small parts in your eyes.

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August 28, 2011 at 10:32:23
I am in New Mexico. Average temps are 100 to 105.

As the temp goes up the fan speed should increase. Our Dell roared in the afternoon, so I removed the side panel and replaced it with a screen.

Computer runs 24/7 , 7 years no problem.

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August 29, 2011 at 22:36:15
Most computers should be fine but you can purchase a better higher volume case exhaust fan as a substitute for the original fan and that should be all you need. Leave the case closed because to makes the air flow over all components or you may cool off CPU but make hard drive or RAM fail prematurely because the air is not flowing over it.

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August 30, 2011 at 09:13:39
Thanks for all your answers, it was very helpfull

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