Can Your PC Replace Your Space Heater in Winter?

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tweeve

Yes my gaming rig can heat up my room. In the winter its not uncommon for me to close the door to the room where the computer is and let the computer warm the room up. After a few hours I have to open a window or a door as the room is going to start pushing 80F.

On LAN gaming nights we open both windows in the room and its still over 80F and the computers near the windows are getting really cold from the outside air.

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Nixon

Surprisingly no. But in the summer, hell yeah.

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Trooper_One

In the winter time, it's not as bad. It keeps the place nice and warm.

In the summer time, should I left it on for F@H, by the time I came back from work, my little game room is like a sauna.

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John Pombrio

So the problem is my HTPC in my bedroom. That is also where the upstairs thermostat is. When I am watching a show or movie, the computer and the 40 inch TV heats up the room. That makes the other rooms upstairs temperature drop as I have my bedroom door closed (not to bother my son with the noise). TaDa. Every place upstairs is cold except my room!

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vrmlbasic

A house with multiple thermostats?! Next you'll be telling me that each of your rooms has both an air outlet and an air intake/return vent! All this newfangled tech lol.

I haven't noticed my AMD 8350 setup with crossfire'd GPUs making much of a difference in my computer room's temperature.

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jgottberg

3 words for you John, "Dual zone heating" - it will be your friend as well as save you money. :)

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Rebel_X

The PC might win if it had coffee brewer attached, to use the heat from the CPU and gfx cards, and we could use the blu ray drive's tray as a holder for the tea pot!

Seriously tho, the amount of noise the PC produces makes the space heater a heaven in comparison. Who can sleep with the noise of the fans! A good gaming system must come with a good pair of headphones that cancels the noise, otherwise useless.

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jako800

Can't sleep without a fan on. When the power goes out at 1:00am it wakes me up, because my fan stops running.

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vrmlbasic

I actually like the noise of fans to sleep by.

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Trooper_One

Me too as well.

I used to live next to a major street and the multiple fans on the system helps drown out the noise. Now that I live with my wife in a quiet neighbourhood, it was kind of odd at first (without a computer in the room) so I've settled with a regular 17" fan instead.

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firefox91

Same here. In fact, I can't sleep unless I have the noise of a fan going.

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Peanut Fox

Liquid cooling is a great option for a low noise (inaudible) setup.

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ANGER999

i made that facebook page back in 2011

https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-dont-need-a-heater-I-have-a-computer/116457691797367

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Damnlogin

The heat from a PC is pretty much just energy waste. If anything, you guys should have used a crappy inefficient PSU instead of the Seasonic.

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legionera

I always looked at the computers as vacuum cleaners/air purifiers that suck all the dust from the air and leave you with air as clean as on the top of a mountain.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

thats pretty sad. heat from a PC is just energy waste.... but heat from a spaceheater is intentionally created. what a surprising result.

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mjanzen

Living in Canada I have done this for a while with a 3.0GHz Core 2 Quad. We kept the house at 15C and closed the door to the computer room while playing. At one point there was a tap at the door as the cat was asking to come in where it was warm :)

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vrmlbasic

I'd appreciate it if you Canadians would export your cold air down to where I am (near DC). Apparently DC doesn't want your oil so if you could give them some of your cold air to spite 'em ;)

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majorsuave

Also living in Canada. I could heat up a small room but sometimes the cold outside is just too much to bear,
We would need a small PC farm to heat a house.

But I do work in a game testing studio and I can assure you that we need air conditioning even when it is minus 40 outside.

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devin3627

the government is going to shutdown bitcoin because people laundry money with similar sites.

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Damnlogin

How the hell did this go from space heaters to Bitcoin?

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praetor_alpha

Citation needed. No government controls bitcoin. They can't shutdown bitcoin any better than they could shutdown bittorrent.

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dgrmouse

He's right; the government has been at war with bitcoin for a while. Overtly, they claim that it is being used on the "silk road" and shutting it down will therefore benefit the wars on drugs and terror. Covertly, the government wants to better track your money.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin#Regulatory_issues

You'll have to scroll down a bit to find references to the Mt. Gox raids.

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Arnulf

They can however shutdown major interconnection points that serve as the backbone of the Internet and/or put it under their direct control. As in: you can have all the bitcoins you want but you're going to have to ask for uncle Sam's permission before you can spend them.

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Rebel_X

internet doesn't have a backbone. It is a non-centralized mesh topology.
Shutting down one server, another 10 appears. Whack-a-mole if you will.

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firefox91

So the internet is one big terrorist cell?

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vrmlbasic

Iran, China and Egypt would beg to differ as their governments have shut down internet access for people in their countries. Google even helped China do it...

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The Mac

not really, its actually the ISPs firewalling sites. The government tells them what sites they have to add to their lists.

hense the phrase "The Great Firewall of China"

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tke671

folding at home would work just as well and for a good cause. when i do that it makes my rig sound like a leaf blower though

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AFDozerman

The utility of FAH has really come into question recently.

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pastorbob

How so?

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Pablo54

Yes, please expand on that. I've been folding for years ~ 32,000,000 on an old q9550 and a couple of 470's.