Section 1 - 0 Hardware






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SubSection 1 - 05 Cooling Method

From thermal compound to liquid cooling, all these methods help cool down the system. Even though there are these methods, they can't do the job alone.
Here are some tips to help keep your computer cool (No, not the "Car Flame Detail" kind):
  • You can help by vacuuming out your computer from dust every month (If wanted, you can do it more frequently). The video shown below tells you to use compressed air, which blows the dust off the computer and into the air, which is why a vacuum is recommended. Instead of pushing it off for later, a vacuum collects it and keeps it for later when you replace the vacuum bag.
  • Keep the computer off the ground and put it on your desk. Even though your computer "fits" on the floor, it would be smart to keep it on the desk, because unlike the floor, the computer collects LESS dust then it would on the floor.
  • Keep your computer away from enclosed areas. This generally means: "DO NOT BLOCK THE SIDES OF THE COMPUTER!" If you block the sides of the computer where the holes where the fans are, the computer heats up faster, because the hot air has nowhere to go. (Later, I will indicate this as the computer is "breathing")
From left to right: Arctic Cooling MX-2 and MX-3, Tuniq TX-3, Cool Laboratory Liquid Metal Pro( Liquid Metal based), Shin-Etsu MicroSi G751, Arctic Silver 5, Powdered Diamond. In background Arctic Silver grease remover
From left to right: Arctic Cooling MX-2 and MX-3, Tuniq TX-3, Cool Laboratory Liquid Metal Pro( Liquid Metal based), Shin-Etsu MicroSi G751, Arctic Silver 5, Powdered Diamond. In background Arctic Silver grease remover

Thermal Compound

(Also called thermal gel, thermal compound, thermal paste, heat paste,heat sink paste, heat transfer compound, heat
transfer paste ( HTP ) or heat sink compound)
It's the paste that keeps the Heat Sink glued to the Processor to help cool down. The Thermal Compound is more thermally conductive then air, meaning (with the compound) the component can cool down faster. Even then, its connected to a Heat Sink and the compound transfers heat to the Heat Sink which also helps the Processor cool down more. In the picture on the right, you can see the various cases the compound could come in if purchased from a store or online.




 A fan-cooled heat sink on the processor of a personal computer. To the right is a smaller heat sink cooling another integrated circuit of the motherboard.
A fan-cooled heat sink on the processor of a personal computer. To the right is a smaller heat sink cooling another integrated circuit of the motherboard.
Heat Sinks

It absorbs and transfers heat better then its surroundings. It relies on convection-warm air rises away from the heat sink, while cool air flows from the bottom. As said from before, it's usually connected to the Processor by the Thermal Compound, which transfers the heat to the Heat sink.

CPU/Case Fans

These are the most commonly noticeable, and common among the cooling systems. If the Heat Sink isn't enough, you can attach a fan on it to help cool it down even faster. It spins so that it blows away the hot air, and forces cool air through the gaps in the Heat Sink. Some computer cases have their own fans that plow hot air out of the holes of the actual case.

Liquid Cooling Systems
A water pump system inside a computer.
A water pump system inside a computer.

Superior cooling method out of the 4. It generally cycles cold water throughout the computer to cool the system. It can get the components of the computer colder then the surrounding air (Cannot be achieved from the other cooling methods). It can do this because it plugs into the wall and is filled with refillable antifreeze. Even though this method is more efficient, it is more costly.

As shown in the picture to the right of the insides of a computer that has a Liquid Cooling System (No, this is not normally found in any computer) the little black box is what cools the water and sends it other parts of the computer, such as the Processor, Hard Drive, and the Disk Drive. The water doesn't go directly on the component. Instead, it is pushed into a little container (Ex: the dark case that is on-top of the light Hard Drive) on-top of the component, cools the that container, which then cools the component.