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Is using ice to cool your computer safe?

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I've been running some stability tests for my processor and it is getting it slightly hot. About 50C which isn't too bad but it normally is around 30C so I wanted to cool it off a bit. I filled a tall glass cup with ice and placed it right in front of my side fan which blows right into my cpu fan. It seems to be working pretty well. My cpu is about 5-8 degrees Celsius cooler. That's pretty good for something anyone can do without any effort. But is this safe? The cup creates condensation which will put a considerable amount of moisture into my computer. Can this cause problems with my computer or even make some parts rust? I don't think it would rust because the computer is too hot to let the condensation collect and sit on it. But what do you guys think? Also, if it turns out to be safe, you guys should try the ice thing.
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One word CONDENSATION. Stop using the ice. If you want the temp to drop, bite the bullet and buy an aftermarket HSF.
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You may want to do a search in the dry ice and Cooling sections more on this. Much discussion on using air conditioners and other items that create moisture have been talked about.

Dry ice is an option. Water cooling would be your next step now that you have discovered the effects of cool air/water.

http://www.overclock.net/water-cooling/
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it will probably mack your CPU wet.

do the math!
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Originally Posted by JMT668 View Post
it will probably mack your CPU wet.

do the math!
But the cpu fan is hot and shouldn't allow water to collect on it. Think about it, when do you see condensation collecting on hot things?
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It probably won't do anything--it's essentially like having 8-10C cooler ambients, like going from 68F to 50F. Do you have to worry about condensation with running your computer at ambient temp around 50F? No--relative humidity won't change for the most part, plus your components are warm, they won't condense any moisture unless they cool down below ambients, which isn't possible for air cooling anyway.
    
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It probably won't do anything--it's essentially like having 8-10C cooler ambients, like going from 68F to 50F. Do you have to worry about condensation with running your computer at ambient temp around 50F? No--relative humidity won't change for the most part, plus your components are warm, they won't condense any moisture unless they cool down below ambients, which isn't possible for air cooling anyway.
That's what I thought. We are on the same track.
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