Can too low temperatures damage the PC?

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  1. 0rpheus

    0rpheus Active Member

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    Hi. I have a little concern about my PC

    I have my PC on the windowsill (on the the inner side of course ;) ) and the side panel is off so that the open side is facing the window. When needed I can leave the window open just a little bit so the colder air can ooze in, creating a cool "chamber" between the window and curtains. But usually it's cool enough even without doing that.

    But it's that time of the year when temperatures outside start dropping below 0, and because it gets too hot in my room quite often I have to open the window completely for a few minutes.

    So can that kind of low temperatures damage any parts of my PC?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. Julepalme

    Julepalme Master Guru

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    Most components will handle a few degrees below 0.. wouldnt worry too much aslong as you dont subject it to -10-20 degrees and below..

    I'd be more worried about placing the PC where hot and cold air meets..

    Hot air from the room meets the cold window or cold pc.. and the water vapor in the end then condenses and makes any cold surface wet..

    Same as how you'll sometimes see water on a cold window in the morning when you wake up..

    Try it out.. if the components start to get damp or wet.. move the pc.. the temperatur should be fine.
     
  3. magicdave26

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    Been watching the Phenom II Overclock and they were cold booting the system at Minus -242c so I guess your CPU will be ok lol
     
  4. mrmonsoon

    mrmonsoon Master Guru

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    I would not worry about the cold as much as moisture in the air.

    Wet and live electronics are a dangerous mix...
     

  5. heliman41

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    Yep,
    If condensation wasnt the prob we all would be piping in cold outside air to our systems in winter..................
     
  6. nexu

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    Hard drives does not like huge temperate swings, especially too cold.

    You can also see that back on Google's drive failure rate document here.
     
  7. 0rpheus

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    Ok, I'll have to make some changes here then. Thank you
     
  8. Pill Monster

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    This man speaks the truth. Premature drive failure occurs more often at lower temps..
     
  9. IcE

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    It's not likely, but as they said there's no need to and you want to avoid condensation.
     
  10. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Wish I could "pipe in" cold air from outside....my room is friggin HOT!!!!
     

  11. inklimited

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    I have a new concept for you. Walk to the window, and open it!

    LOL. J/k You could buy a piece of ducting, and hook up a couple of 120mm fans on either end.
     
  12. stenelaus

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    below 0 degrees isn't recommended!
    keep it at a steady 30-50 celsius.
    Don't go to hardcore, because i don't see the use of it!
    i have 3 fans on my pc, besides the processor fan and psu, mounted very close to my video card, all sucking air from the exterior just to cool the gfx card.
    But as in your case, "natural" temperatures will not harm your components inside because when you turn it on, the temperatures rise slow, not fast, so the components won't blow or crush(i didn't find a good word for it-Romanian!) because of it!
     
  13. Forbiden

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    Below 0 is fine for everything but optical drives and hard drives, and 30-50 Celsius? A lot of us don't even get close to 30 until we're full load :3eyes:
     
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    Really? my videocard reaches a 90+ ROFL!!! when i play a game, and it has HEATSINK TECHNOLOGY WOOOOOO!!!!! (i know it sucks :) )
    and is it really that bad when you reach 50? come on, don't be a spoil brat!
     
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    Do you live inside a refrigerator?..
     

  16. sykozis

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    30-50 for ambient temp is bad....30-50C for load temps is good. Until recently, my Q9550 had never exceeded 62C running IBT. 30C ambient temp and my poor Q9550 would probably fry.... I'm currently hitting 82C under load with an ambient temp of 22C....
     
  17. SnooSnoo

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    Well, some ppl cant resist tryin it. :D

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  18. Passion Fruit

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    I've been piping cold air into my systems from outside in winter for years. Never once run into any issues. Rig is right next to the open window.
     
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    In the Coldest countries Winter makes air very dry, soo you may not have problems into puting Cold air from outside to your tower, I once did it, and just for precaution, (I live in spain and winter is a lil bit humid here) I inserted some Disecants (Dryers) Sacks inside the pc and the tube.
     
  20. 0rpheus

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    Hm...Some contradicting opinions here. Well, now I put a blanket over my PC just in case when I have to open the window, though I did the same thing (cooled my PC with cold air from outside) with my old PC a few years ago in the same room and nothing happened.

    And damn it's getting cold here, -15 right now, it's expected to drop to -22 in the coming days. Finally, over quite a few years, we can expect a true winter again :)

    That's pretty badass :D

    Just make sure you won't forget the window open when it starts snowing, snowflakes are so light they might get carried onto your PC components by the wind or something.
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009

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