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User Info: KamenRiderBlade

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3 months ago#31
Be very worried about condensation.
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User Info: samatash

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3 months ago#32
PhilOnDez posted...
I'd store it in a tightly sealed bag, probably just a big garbage bag with a good tight knot should do it. A big bag of silica gel would be good to keep in there as well. Let it acclimate inside the bag for a few hours before setting it back up. This should alleviate any potential condensation.

Pretty much every part in your pc is designed to survive being stored in a non-climate controlled warehouse. This includes closed loop coolers which generally have antifreeze in the loop to combat freezing temperatures.

If you still have the box to your case that'd be ideal to store it in, inside the bag. The styrofoam packing material should insulate it fairly well and keep the temperature swings from being too rapid.

If you have an SSD I'd remove it and keep it somewhere warmer if at all possible, nand doesn't like getting too cold. This is a matter of data integrity and not permanent damage though as far as I know, so if you have backups of the important stuff and don't mind reinstalling it shouldn't be a problem.


The desktop and monitors (two) are being kept in their original box, to include Styrofoam.

Guess I have not much too worry about :)

User Info: Playsaver

Playsaver
3 months ago#33
SinisterSlay posted...
F or c? Makes a difference.
Running a computer at -40c like today is a little rough on the spinning components but that's about it.

Just make sure the system is defrosted and dry before starting it up again.
Also don't ask pch about winter. The majority here are Americans and they think winter means 30f. Go to the Canada board if you want winter advice.

Everyone knows that -40f is colder. (At least mentally.)

User Info: PhilOnDez

PhilOnDez
3 months ago#34
samatash posted...

The desktop and monitors (two) are being kept in their original box, to include Styrofoam.

Guess I have not much too worry about :)

Nice, just bag 'em up and you should be all set then
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User Info: mucloud

mucloud
3 months ago#35
Take a blanket and wrap it up at night you will be fun to turn it on.

My room is 30-45 degrees in the morning without it being wrapped and no damage ever.
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gtomanga
3 months ago#36
Try adding it inside a big chest.
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User Info: sfcalimari

sfcalimari
3 months ago#37
I'd be more concerned about someone stealing your car to get at your precious GPU.
i wanna walk out into the night
without it being running away

User Info: KillerTruffle

KillerTruffle
3 months ago#38
I have a friend who's left just his USB drive in his car long-term this winter, and it's gone bad due to the low temperatures and fluctuation. That's just a USB stick - I would not trust a whole computer to those conditions. /mytwocents
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User Info: captsplatter_1

captsplatter_1
3 months ago#39
LeFeverBeaver posted...
It's possible, but whatever you do, don't warm it up too quickly. That is, don't take it from sub-zero temps and start gaming at 4k/60fps. While it's possible it may be damaged by the cold alone, it's definitely safer to let it acclimate a few hours before turning it back on after.

Ya rapid heat and cooling is what really destroys components more so than either constantly cold or hot.
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User Info: Izicial

Izicial
3 months ago#40
Playsaver posted...
SinisterSlay posted...
F or c? Makes a difference.
Running a computer at -40c like today is a little rough on the spinning components but that's about it.

Just make sure the system is defrosted and dry before starting it up again.
Also don't ask pch about winter. The majority here are Americans and they think winter means 30f. Go to the Canada board if you want winter advice.

Everyone knows that -40f is colder. (At least mentally.)

Where the hell in Canada are you that it's regularly -40???????????? I live in Michigan and I don't think it gets much colder than -20f most of the time. Though bringing a computer inside from -40f or 0f is going to create potential condensation all the same.
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