Keeping your "computer room" cool?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Obsidian6, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. Obsidian6 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2006
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    Hey guys,

    I've clearly noticed that anytime I have my G5 on for more than 5 minutes my room gets swealteringly hot.

    Hot to the point that I'm considering downgrading to an iMac because its making me miserable.

    what do you guys that have towers ( be it G4 / G5 / or mac pro ) do to keep your rooms cool?
  2. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

    Mac Rules

    Jul 15, 2006
    Well I got this great device..............a WINDOW!!! lol :rolleyes:

  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
  4. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    both of the above are great suggestions, that's abot all you can do. besides downgrading
  5. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

    Fleetwood Mac

    Apr 27, 2006
    Celing fan helps quite a bit.

    The new Macs run much cooler than the old PC towers, so it hasn't been a problem for me lately. (iMac/mini)
  6. Dane D. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2004
    At work my G4 sits on floor next to the cold return so I never feel heat and we keep the thermostat at 70F. At home I have my setup in the lower level of the house where the temp is constant 68F. Neither unit runs hot, the G4 runs around 93F and the G3 at 104F. I also use a Ti G4/667 PowerBook, I bought a table clamp 5" fan to blow across it, it sits on those pink school erasers so air flows under it, the internal rarely kicks in.
  7. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    I have my windows open a little bit all the time, and my radiator hasn't been switched on for about 5 years now. On really warm days, I usually sleep with the door ajar to introduce a throughflow of air through the room. Those G5s do spit out the heat, although my Xbox 360 and LCD TV fairly know how to heat a room too :rolleyes:
  8. Lau Guest

    If you don't have a window you can open, a desk fan makes a big difference if it's blowing on you. Even if it's warm air, the fact that it's moving air (even better if you can open the door to your room) it'll make a big difference.

    I know how you feel though. Our arse of a landlord put the smoke detector just outside our (tiny) kitchen, and so I have to keep the door shut when cooking volatile stuff. The other day, when cooking home-made burgers it went up to 45°C (113°C). :eek: The relief when I emerged with two nice burgers to a seemingly cool breeze was huge...
  9. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    My Dual 500 G4 tower sits about 8 ft from my door, and I usually dont have any heat problems. The fan is kinda noisy though....

    If it has ever been hot in my room, I usualy dont associate it with my PowerMac, seeing as it runs at about 98*-103*F
  10. pianodude123 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2005
    in the internet
    hahahah...I actually have to agree and both disagree with you...

    If you room is considerably might make a problem, but in the winters in New Hampshire...I can run a few 3D graphs in Grapher and it actually acts as a swell room heater!
  11. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    What I did was I bought a little fan and placed it behind my iMac and workstation, as those buggers can get hot too. Real hot. Worked. :)
  12. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    This is my set up...!!!


    I'm in the Basement, we have the A/C running and it's warn in my room...I have to keep my door open...what's worst I don't have anymore room to buy/put a fan...!!! LOL
  13. Obsidian6 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2006
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    well here's the deal.

    my room is a west-facing room meaning it gets sun ALL day. i do have a good sized window right behind my dual displays. but right now in the summer it is miserably hot so i dont open it during the day. I do also have a desk fan, and yes that helps keep me cool, but the G5 creates a load of ambient heat.

    my processors are usually running around 145F-165F and the ambient heatsink usually sees 170F+

    it was a lot worse before i got my processors and powersupply replaced ( i was seeing tempertures equivalent to the sun. ) but i still wonder why it runs so hot.

    i've heard from some that my particular model runs particularly hot. ( the dual processor 2.7GHz )

    I imagine once we start getting some cooler weather it wont be so bad. and once i move ( we are building a home right now,) I will have a much bigger room which will help immensely.
  14. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    well, up here we're getting some cold weather...

    its freaking september and its been mid 60's all week!!
  15. Obsidian6 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2006
    Laguna Niguel, CA
    i wish i could say the same about southern california. its been in the high 90s to 100s for oh..3 or 4 months now.
  16. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    If your really concerned, head down to Sears and take a look at the portable AC (heat pumps) units. The roll around and allow you to vent the heat outside. Note, that any AC will send your electric bill through the roof!

    I know where your comming from, though really the computer is safe. The server room where I work didn't have any AC this week. This meant huricane fans were needed to blow air out room.
  17. monke macrumors 65816


    May 30, 2005
    1. Tuck your shirt in your shorts/pants
    2. Fill shirt with ice
    3. Shiver
  18. Obsidian6 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2006
    Laguna Niguel, CA

    best advice so far ;)

    haha thanks guys. I just have to be sparing with my g5 until the weather cools down. I'm very intolerant of the heat. sorry for whining ;)
  19. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    It's time to get out the liquid nitrogen :D. On a more serious note, I also live in southern California and have been seeing 100F+ all week and my windows desktop keeps my room a bit too toasty for my taste so I got a 20" box fan and have it running when it gets too hot.
  20. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I don't know what it is but the fan on my Tibook 667 runs all the time. ON my Tibook 400, in the exact same room exact same set up, it was never on.

    Wondering if latest Tiger revs have anything to do with the fan issue.

    I have the laptop on a Macally ice pad but I've been forced to put it on a blue ice pad once a day when in heavy use. I'm thinking about getting one of those laptop fan stands.
  21. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Well, my "computer room" is also my kitchen and living room so I'm no help on that front.

    Up at my parents' place the study is on the southern side of the house so it doesn't get much sun, it has big windows and an external door that allows for a good cross-breeze. That and the combination that both computers run very cool anyway because one's an old Celeron and the other is an Athlon 1800+ keeps the room cool.
  22. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    If you only have one point where air exchanges between the room and outside, then you should set up a fan to move the air around the room.

    Having air flow through your room would be good too. LIke from the door to a window or something.

    Make sure your computer's vents aren't covered up. Strangely, it feels hotter when you cover them up than when you don't.
  23. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2006
    In the Depths of the SLC!
    OMG, lol, This has nothing to do with the forums, but I was just listening to "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban when I read the end of your thread, "The relief when I emerged with two nice burgers to a seemingly cool breeze was huge". sorry, but that is funny.

    As far as heat goes, I use my Macbook, PC (AMD Dual Core with four fans) and my old OS/9 iMac and I have no heat issues, but during winter, that is another thing, I have to rearrange my room becuase my comp sits next to the vent, good during summer A/C, but you can see why bad in winter, the heat from the vent. You could try rearranging things in ur room a bit, put ur pc higher up in the room (heat rises), and things like that, I like to rearrange my room about every 3-6 months or so, I dunno why, it's just me, a good clean sweep every once in a while is a coo thing.
  24. MrCrowbar macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    :) I like shifting around the furniture at night cuz I found a way to make it more efficient. But rigth niw it's pretty much perfect :(

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