We all know how temperatures can affect system performance (specially if you Over Clock, but this is another subject)
I find myself living a few degrees north of the Equator in the island if Puerto Rico. Temperarures here are generally tolerable thru out the year. But summer time can be really hot!!
So here are some tips to keep your system cool specially in summer time.
For the following If you dont know much about Computer hardware Its recommended to get someone who knows to do the job or to help you.
1. Clean the clutter around your pc. let it breathe!
2. Clean out the vents. Get a paint brush or tooth brush and clean the dust.
3. Time to open the case.
4. Take the case fans out and clean them.
5. Clean the CPU fan And heat sink, when ready to install back in place, clean out the old thermal grease and apply a new coat of high grade thermal compound. (you will get better heat transfer spending a few pennies xtra than buying the cheap stuff)
6. Take everything out of the case and clean it! Clean the case completly, get rid of them dead roaches and cob webs!
7. Take your time when reasembling. This is a very important step!
When assembling take the time to reorganize your wiring to improve air flow. Tuck away unsused PSupply cables. Use some elctrical tape or plastic ties to pick up dangling cables. If using IDE 40/80 pin cables try to fold them neatly. (there are pre-folded IDE cables for sale) Do this and your system will look better and further more will stay cooler by improving air flow.
8. Check your fans, make sure that they all work! Including the one inside the Power Supply. (If this fan is not working is time to get a new power supply unit, DO NOT attemp to replace this fan!!!! Nor to open the Power Supply!!! May result In DEATH!!! As high voltage residual charge is left in the unit even when unplugged!!!
9. Spend a few buck in some good fans if you are not satisfied with your temps (Use For example Everest to monitor system temps)
I replaced all stock fans from my system to higher grade ones Including Video card fans.There is total drop of 20 degrees f. in idle and a 30 degrees f. while playing games.
(Nornal v-card temps were 149f idle/186f running. Now 133f idle/ 156f running.)(CPU normal 117f idle/ 150f on full load. Now 103f Idle/133f on load)
(Ambient temps 115F/ now 105f)
A chipset Fan is also welcome.
And if you are still not satified you can do the following:
1.Move your PC to an air condioned room.
2.Use an external fan to blow on your PC
3.Invest in water cooling (this works wonders if you have around $200 to invest)
4. There in another device in the market (dont know the name of it) but it is said to work like an internal air conditioner for the CPU an other periferals. The cost is around $1200
5.Move to the North pole! I heard is quite chilly there. One may think your PC will stay cool enough the whole year!!
To finalize....do this your system will thank you!! will run smother when cooler. And you will be extending the life of your system...