Do you regularly play games and complain that your PC gets overheated. Overheating PCs may lead to sudden shutdowns, hardware damage, and lost data. Proper cooling of PC is vital if you play video games regularly. Proper cooling contributes to component longevity and PC performance.
If you are facing the problem of overheating regularly, try these methods:
- Clean Your PC
Dust is very common, and it easily builds up in any PC, no matter how spacious or modern it is. The dust clogs up fans and vents which in result traps hot air. A proper cleaning maintains a cooling flow of air.
Before cleaning your hardware, make sure to prepare for two simple things:
- Make sure the power cable is unplugged, and the system is powered off.
- Before touching any internal components, make sure to ground yourself to release static electricity in your body. Wear an anti-static wristband to keep yourself “grounded” throughout the procedure.
The first step is to clean every fan inside your PC. This includes your CPU fan, power supply fan, and all the external fans. Get rid of loose dust with the compressed air and clean the blades of the fan with the alcohol and a cloth. Just cleaning the fans will build a big change in your PC.
- Set Higher Fan Speeds
Check your default fan configurations. You need to change them as they can contribute to overheating. With the default settings, your fans might be running too slowly to cool down the PC parts. Various GPUs show high temperatures because the GPU driver software only stimulates the GPU’s fan under certain load ranges. That’s when you should start taking control of your fan speeds.
- Cable Management
Most gamers ignore component cables, which take up a good amount of space. If the cables are not arranged well, they may contribute to the dust collecting problems and overheating. If your cables are scattered around, the proper airflow inside the PC case is not managed which means your PC is not intaking cool air and exhausting hot air efficiently, trapping in dust and heat. To overcome this, zip-tie, move and configure your cables to create more free space on your PC. Cable management needs unplugging components and arranging them back in. Hence, taking the plunge will offer a better airflow, easier component replacement, and an overall cleaner look.
- Maintain Proper Airflow
Keeping proper airflow is necessary to keep a cool PC. Maintaining proper airflow is not just about having a clean computer. Fan orientation is also considered. Proper airflow doesn’t completely require added fans. It means sustaining a middle ground between positive and negative pressure. When cool outside air is rushed into the system, then it is positive airflow whereas when hot inside air is rushed outward, then it is negative airflow. Your aim should be neutral airflow wherein an equal amount of hot air is exhausted out, and cool air is rushed in. There is an indicator on the fan itself to show which way air should be directed.
So have you ever had heating problems while playing video games? What did you do to keep your PC cool? Let us know in the comments section!
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