is it safe to leave my computer in cold temp?

February 9, 2010 at 19:16:25
Specs: Windows XP home sp2
Hi, I've recently built myself a budget pc (kinda proud of myself btw) and since i have too much crap in my room, i decided to move my computer to the basement. Basement however, has no heating system, therefore, with this crazy snow-stormy-weather, I don't know if it is safe to leave my computer in a place like that. I don't think i can move it back up because i can't make more space in my room. Is it bad for the computer to stay in the basement? if so, I'd really appreciate any precautions that i should be aware about.
today's temp was around 37 F btw

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February 9, 2010 at 20:10:52
37 F in the basement or outside?
If outside, what's the temp in the basement?

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February 9, 2010 at 20:27:25
somewhere around 50F There really isn't any source of heat. Maybe a little higher because the walls are blocking the wind.

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February 10, 2010 at 02:48:47
Yes, moister is the problem, temperatures down to -10C should be fine. It is variations in temperature that causes condensation and that is the problem.

Providing the temperature if reasonably constant everything should be fine. If you ever need to bring the computer back into a warmer environment give it time for the condensation to disperse before you turn it on


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February 10, 2010 at 07:23:19
Get yourself a thermometer for down there.

You can get inexpensive devices that monitor the relative humidity in the air. Use one of those in the basement. If it shows, say, 70% or less, you're fine.

This guy in a recent Topic has his computer in a cool room that has shown as low was 11C (51.8 F) in the current bios readings and it seems to be working fine.
See Response 58 and 59

He quoted the temp outside too. That's not relevant.
The temp where I am was -38 C outside on one day a short while before Xmas, but where my computer is in the heated and insulated basement never gets below about 15 C or so (59 F) in the winter, and that's only when we're sleeping - we keep the furnace thermostat upstairs set to no less than 20 C (68 F) at night - it might get a bit cooler there in the spring and fall when the furnace doesn't come on as often.

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February 19, 2010 at 06:10:30
Correction to link in Response 4

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