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Hello OCN, this is kind of a strange question, but it needs to be asked and I don't think I'll find a "better answer" on the "alternative forums". But anyway, my i5-3570k machine is sitting on my work desk. It is a studio system that dual boots between OS'. It is currently on an air setup that is not meeting my needs (60 degrees max temp - No Prime, no OC). I am pretty sure I'm going to pickup a seidon 120m from microcenter for like $50 because the CM Hyper line doesn't fit in my case properly.

That is my setup; now the meat of my question, I smoke a lot. Like a lot. And I try to keep it to just vapor, but recently there has been a lot of white smoke in the room (Never enough to come anywhere close to setting off and alarm). The machine is running 100% fine however, and I actually recently moved it on top of the desk because the floor seems to collect dust fast in this house. I clean it monthly as well.

How bad IS smoke for the machine? And since it IS exposed to some forms of smoke, is it better to have a push pull system to keep it clean than a closed loop like the seidon? I know SOMEONE out there has similar habits and wouldn't mind shedding some light.

Thanks in advance!

P.s. Cheers to Maryland residents wink.gif
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post #2 of 22
I'd think vapor isn't too bad. Regular cigarette smoke will leave a thin, sticky layer on everything it comes into contact though, which is something you don't want to happen to heat sinks/radiators. It'll impede heat transfer to the air and dust will stick to it, exacerbating the problem. Whether this is more or less of a problem with radiators compared to heat sinks I don't know.
Come to think of it, this may be why you're seeing 60C under regular (non-extreme like P95) load at stock in the first place.
Honestly the best course of action would be to not smoke next to the pc, or rig some sort of air filtration unit to your case intake points.
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post #3 of 22
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Ok I will look into the vapor side more. Also 60 is the highest temps I have seen, 90% of the time when I'm gaming the high temps don't even get that high.

The case is a Raidmax Smilodon with dust filters, but maybe I should replace/upgrade those.

Also I NEVER smoke cigarettes in the room, if that makes any sort of difference. laughingsmiley.gif

If anyone has more information about the difference between push pull air and closed loop (as exhaust) in this situation that would be awesome thumb.gif
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Wife and I have vaped at our computers for 3 years now, never had any issues at all. Its just water vapor u exhale.
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post #5 of 22
Where there is smoke there is ash...so there will be more dust build up inside the case. Just clean it more often. Really no worse than a PC that is a house that is more dusty than others or a PC that is kept out in the garage.
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post #6 of 22
you could always use an evaporative cooler, same price, better temps and the smoke won't affect it.
you could also try putting a Rad or evap cooler outside, that would fix it.
post #7 of 22

Save a computer, quit smoking ;)

 

 

 

 

 

I bet you were just WAITING for someone to mention quitting. 

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by LDV617 View Post


Also I NEVER smoke cigarettes in the room, if that makes any sort of difference. laughingsmiley.gif

:

It's good that you don't smoke cigs in the room with the computer. In every computer related book i've read they explain that cigarette smoke is one of the worst things you can do to a computer. Matter of fact when I was working in a shop we would get this one lady's computer like every 2 months and that thing was chock full of smokey dust. That stuff really clogs up everything inside the computer, as for vapor i'm not sure but you could always slap some filters over your fans. They restrict air flow a bit but not enough to really bother your performance.
     
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post #9 of 22
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How bad IS smoke for the machine? And since it IS exposed to some forms of smoke, is it better to have a push pull system to keep it clean than a closed loop like the seidon? I know SOMEONE out there has similar habits and wouldn't mind shedding some light.

The yellow smoke residue that settles on the components becomes somewhat capacitive, especially when there's moisture in the air. Cleaning it out on a regular basis as you are should be enough to keep the system running in top shape, but getting deep inside some of the parts (e.g. power supply) will be difficult. Just be persistent and when you see any buildup at all, get it out of there.

My former neighbor used to replace his motherboard/CPU/RAM/power supply and various other components approximately every 1-2 years simply due to smoke residue destroying them. Of course, he chain smoked 24x7 Camels and didn't clean out his PC. So, take that for what it's worth. He's also dead, from lung and pancreatic cancer complications. Take that also for what it's worth.

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Save a computer, quit smoking wink.gif





I bet you were just WAITING for someone to mention quitting. 

your avatar is so f-n cute, no homo
     
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