Gaming rigs can be expensive. For this reason, it is important to take good care of them to avoid coming home one day, excited to play your favourite game, and realising your PC has given out due to some preventable failure. There are several things you can do to keep your gaming PC in good working condition and extend its life and knowing about these things could help you avoid costly repairs and replacements. In this article, we will explore some of the best ways to keep your gaming PC alive for as long as possible.
This is the first, the easiest and the most obvious preservation technique. Cleaning your gaming PC and removing the accumulated dust from its fan will improve its functionality and contribute to the prevention of overheating. When a fan gets covered in dust it is not able to move as easily, which uses more energy and at the same time, cools the PC less effectively. You can figure out the best approach to cleaning your particular model of PC by doing a quick Google search.
Protect from damage
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer, but being very careful around your gaming PC or laptop is the best way to keep it alive. Around 90% of replacements happen because of damage, so rage-quitting games and lobbing your laptop across the room is definitely one to avoid! Be extremely careful with drinks around your device also, as water damage is a notorious killer of gaming PCs. Having a strict no-liquids policy around your computer is the best way to extend its life as long as you can.
Preserve the battery
In terms of gaming laptops, battery units are often the first components to show signs of degradation. We’ve all wondered at some point whether it’s good for our devices to leave them on charge all night, or to let them run down to 0% battery. The truth is, neither are good for the battery. Experts say that the best method is to charge your device up to 80% and let it run down to no less than 40%. This reduces the amount of stress the battery cells have to withstand and increases the lifespan of the component.
Properly shutting down
In terms of gaming PCs, it is never recommended to use the force shutdown button or to unplug the computer, as this can cause damage to the hardware. It is also not recommended to excessively shut down and boot up laptops and Pcs. The best approach is to make use of the devices ‘sleep mode’, which saves energy and protects the computer’s hardware. A full shutdown should ideally be done every 2-3 days.
What to do with a dead PC
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