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How to Keep Cool Your Computer Gaming Room – Insider Tips That Will Work!

Your gaming PCs are kicking out lots of heat and making you very uncomfortable. You even have a central HVAC installed, but still, your gaming room feels 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the house.

What can you do?

Install a ceiling fan or mini split ac? or Crack a window?

Well, if hot temperatures are ruining your gaming experience, you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s explore some of the most effective methods of cooling down your PC gaming room.

5 Tips For Keep Cool Your Gaming Room

Method 1: More fans

This is the first and most obvious method for most gamers. By installing more fans, and better ones at that, you create better airflow. But does it always work?

No. It only works when there’s a rich source of air in the first place.

Thus, before installing more fans, you want to create more vents. Or, you could simply open the windows.

With more vents and more fans, you might see a reduction in the temperatures. But during summer, when the air outside is warm, this method might not be very reliable.

In that case, method 2 becomes more appropriate.

Method 2: Liquid cooling

While normal fans and air coolers might work just fine for normal computing, gaming is a whole different matter.

Why? Gaming PCs are high-performance electronics that generate lots of heat.

In that case, you need a BADASS method of cooling to suppress those stubborn temperatures.

You need liquid coolers, which are also called CLOSED LOOP COOLERS.

These are sealed rigid tubes and liquid reservoirs that transfer the heat from your computer to liquid mediums.

They’re safe and extremely effective, reducing the temperatures of your gaming PCs and your gaming room tremendously. On the flip side, they’re a little tricky to install.

You can get an electronics expert to do the installation for you.

Or, if you’re a serious gamer, you can go through this video to learn how to install them.

Method 3: Central air conditioning

If you don’t mind paying more on electricity at the end of the month, a mini split ac unit or a central AC would be a great option.

This method works on cooling the air in the room, giving the computer fans a supply of cool air, to, in turn, cool the PCs.

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Method 4: Taking the PCs near the intake vent

Computers have fans, but we seem to misunderstand how these fans work. If the air outside the fan isn’t cool, the hot air just gets recirculated into the PC, and the temperatures keep rising.

Fix? Creating adequate free space where the fan is located.

If possible, move the PC near the intake vents or better yet, an open window, so the fan can blow cool air into the PC while blowing the hot hair outside the room.

Method 5: Letting them rest

How can you keep your gaming computers on all day and expect the temperatures not to rise? Think about it.

One of the most effective ways of cooling down your computer gaming room is to shut down the computers several times during the day.

When you’re going on a coffee break, a lunch break, or when you’re doing other things, leave the PCs shut down.

This method has been shown to not only reduce temperatures but also increase the lifespan of computers.

If shutting them down doesn’t work, put them to sleep mode or hibernation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes computer gaming rooms to heat up?

The heat mainly comes from the computers. Gaming computers are high performance electronics that have heat-generating components. The fans move the heat outside the PCs, causing the room’s temperature to rise.

If the temperature of the room is already warm, the heat increases even more.

Can clutter increase the computer’s heat?

Yes. Clutter occupies the space that air could be occupying, thus leaving little air for the PC fans to use in cooling the PCs.

Decluttering is a vital step in reducing the heat levels of your PCs and gaming room.

Does direct sunlight affect my gaming room’s heat?

Yes. When the sunlight gets into your room, it brings the heat with it.

Therefore, if you want to reduce your room’s heat, keep direct sunlight out. Close the drapes/blinds or line them in a way that direct sunlight cannot get in.

How can I keep the computer fans working optimally?

First and foremost, declutter the space behind the fans. That provides the fans with enough air supply to cool down the computer.

If pet hair, dust or other debris accumulates on the fans, it blocks them and prevents them from working properly. Therefore, take measures to reduce the accumulation of debris in the fans.

Also, clean the fans from time to time using canned air or a brush.

How can I use ice to lower the temperature in my gaming room?

Some gamers place a bucket of ice in front of the table fan and the mini split ac, and they say that it works excellently for cooling down the room.

Should I keep the case open or closed when gaming?

You might have heard that keeping the computer case open when gaming prevents overheating. That is not accurate.

Actually, that leads to increased accumulation of dust in the fans, ultimately making them less efficient.

It’s better to keep the case closed.

 

Final Word

Cool temperatures are better not only for the performance of your gaming PCs but also for their durability. And again, gaming in cool temperatures is a lot more comfortable than gaming with all that heat and sweat.

We recommend you combine a few of the methods we’ve discussed above to achieve the best results.

If you liked this post, please share it with your friends.

We’ll greatly appreciate your comments. If you have more tips for keeping a computer gaming room cool, put them down there.

Winston Draft – The perfect two player game of Magic!

Opening loads of Magic The Gathering boosters is fun. The suspense of getting a brand new mythic or playable rare, together with that heavenly smell of a freshly opened pack is the reason most players buy these products. But here at Peanut Headquarters, I prefer to do something more than just opening these things. Why not use these booster packs for something more than just skipping to the rare and put away the commons? Something that requires only another player/friend/archenemy? Something simple, fun and still lets you think about Magic? Something… Something like a Winston draft!

A Winston draft is an alternative way to draft in Magic without needing 8-players, which is the usual way to draft. It’s a fantastic way to use your boosters to their full potential and great fun if you need something to do with friends when you want to do something Magic related.

Let me tell you how it works. First you need six boosters.

Once you’ve bought those boosters (any expansion you want), open them without looking at the cards. Remove the land and token card and shuffle the cards into one big pile of not-looked-at-awesomeness. Then, put the top three cards face down into three separate piles, labelled as pile A, B and C. These are the piles that’ll grow and get chosen by you. Flip a coin to decide who gets to pick first.

Picking cards

Alright, let’s start drafting!

When it’s your pick you may look at pile A. If you want the cards in this pile, take them all and put them in your own card pool. Replace the gap in pile A by adding a new card face down card from the big pile. You now do not know what pile A holds…

If you don’t want pile A just pop a card on top from the big main pile. Pile A now has cards you know and a new mystery card. The same procedure goes for pile B and C. If you don’t want any of the cards in all the three piles, you have to take one blind card from the big pile. A gamble which could turn out great… Keep doing this until the big pile is gone and all cards are gone. You both end up with two card pools.

It could be very well true, that one pile grows and grows, whilst other piles get picked over and over. Probably because that growing pile holds crappy cards and the new cards that replace picked piles are highly draftable. No worries, this can happen.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to create a 40-card deck. You use 6 x 15 cards, so there is enough for both of you. On a sidenote though; if you keep picking single card piles and your opponent keeps picking those stacked piles, your card pool can be a lot smaller!

Once all the cards have gone, all that’s left to do is put together a 40 card deck and get playing!

Let’s take a quick look at the upsides of this way of playing:

  • All included boosters will be used 100%!
  • It’s an even bigger surprise what cards you find since you’ve shuffled multiple boosters.
  • It lets you appreciate those lesser used commons, just like a normal draft.
  • It boosts your Draft-skills. Even though you don’t see as many cards as normal, you do have to choose wisely.
  • Once you know how it works, it’s so much fun!
  • If you buy a booster box, you can Winston draft six times!
  • It doesn’t take too much time, where a whole Friday Night Magic is way longer.

Definitely try this mode out, once you’ve done it I’m sure you’ll want to Winston draft every booster you get from now on. Thank you for reading and hopefully you’ll read more articles of me in the future.

Oh and one last thing. On my YouTube channel, ProjectPeanuts, I also made different video’s, Dutch and English about the Winston Draft, here’s one of a Winston draft from start to finish!

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