After over 30 years of repairing computers one thing we’ve noticed in our computer shop is that heat and dust kill computers. When we build computers for our customers especially gaming computers we pay special attention to designing proper cooling to ensure long life. This requires choosing components that support this in terms of power handling and heat dissipation. The case design is especially important as one that’s flashy and attractive might cause us to overlook good ventilation design which could shorten the life of your computer. Inside the case a lot of heat is generated from the power supply, the CPU, the video card etc. To prevent this heat from baking everything inside it has to be let out. Proper vent and fan location is the key. Notice in this video how this gaming computer’s air flow design draws outside air in through the front fan and expels internal heat through the top and rear fans. Some of our customers we’ve built computers for over 10 years ago are still coming in wanting to upgrade to Windows 10 and the computer is still mechanically solid. For a custom built computer designed to stand the test of time (and heat) let Skyview Electronics build your next custom computer.
Can Dust really damage your computer?
Put quite simply, YES! Just like a car needs clean oil to keep the engine from overheating your computer needs clean cool airflow to prevent overheating. Even with our more advanced technology dust and debris still cause damage to computers by interfering with fans and functioning as insulation, causing your computer to overheat. High levels of heat can cause early failure of components, and excessive, intense heat can cause critical components to fail unexpectedly. Dust can also interfere with the electrical connections on ports and connections causing erratic results.
Even if your computer isn’t overheating, dust can still damage the internal components of your computer. Dust absorbs moisture which allows the dust to adhere to the surfaces of the electronics. Left uncleaned, the circuit boards will begin to corrode and may even produce intermittent failures. The higher the humidity, the more moisture the dust will absorb. Keeping your desktop or laptop computer clean with a scheduled cleaning is very important for the life of your computer.