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Since it's starting to get to that point in the year where my house has the A/C on all the time, I've been debating on placing my PC case near the A/C vent in my room. Right now I currently have the PC on my little "desk" if you would call it which is only >= 5ft. or so away from the vent.

Now I've browsed threads with similar discussions however this is slightly different and it can't hurt to be double-sure.

Anyways, my biggest concern is if I am going to have to worry about condensation/moisture build-up since the air coming through the vent is only going to be slightly colder than if not the same temperature as my room's ambient temperature. Another thing I am wondering is if it is really going to make that much of a difference in terms of cooling on air for my PC, as I would really like to get a nice and high over-clock on my processor without spending any money for the time being on some better cooling (currently using a Cooler Master Hyper 212+).

If condensation/moisture is a concern is it worth it and what are some in-expensive ways to prevent it?

On another note, my house does have a humidity controller (currently set at 40ish which is recommended for 20+ degrees Fahrenheit outside. ) and could put it to use if necessary.


Thanks,

~C~








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Edit: From what I have been reading, condensation shouldn't be a concern since it'll be the temp as the air in my room for the most part, correct?

I just want to be absolutely sure and maybe get a few other opinions because in the event that something goes wrong and needs replacing, I won't be able to for the time being.
Edited by CS14 - 5/20/13 at 5:20pm
post #2 of 13
Condensation won't be an issue. You should be fine as long as you don't have the heat on, haha. I'd be more worried about dust or something else getting into the PC.
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Originally Posted by TheLawIX View Post

Condensation won't be an issue. You should be fine as long as you don't have the heat on, haha. I'd be more worried about dust or something else getting into the PC.

I think with a few fan filters he might be golden. Wish my A/C worked, my poor 5970 is on 80% fan speed.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by TheLawIX View Post

Condensation won't be an issue. You should be fine as long as you don't have the heat on, haha. I'd be more worried about dust or something else getting into the PC.

Alright, just wanted to be a little 'extra' sure. Not too worried about dust as I frequently (at least more frequently since I was lazy for some time) clean my PC of dust.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by TheLawIX View Post

Condensation won't be an issue. You should be fine as long as you don't have the heat on, haha. I'd be more worried about dust or something else getting into the PC.
Of course condensation is a factor, the hardware is hot fool.
You'll need some filters as stated above.
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Socks keep you warm View Post

Of course condensation is a factor, the hardware is hot fool.
You'll need some filters as stated above.

No, there won't be condensation in this case.... for moisture to collect that area would need to be below the dew point. The AC isn't going to cool the PC to that extent or even be close enough to cool specific components what would be hot enough.
Edited by TheLawIX - 5/20/13 at 11:04pm
post #7 of 13
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When I go to do it should I put some paper towels around the sensitive areas for an hour or two just to be on the safe side and see if they are moist/damp after that time?
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When I go to do it should I put some paper towels around the sensitive areas for an hour or two just to be on the safe side and see if they are moist/damp after that time?

It couldn't hurt for piece of mind.
post #9 of 13
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Ended up giving it a go and still have it near my vent, so far no problems. biggrin.gif

On the other hand it really did not make as much of a difference as I expected in terms of temps (shaved off a few degrees at most).
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Ended up giving it a go and still have it near my vent, so far no problems. biggrin.gif

On the other hand it really did not make as much of a difference as I expected in terms of temps (shaved off a few degrees at most).
Haha, next step is watercooling thumb.gif
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