Garage Computer Setup – Important Facts

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Have you ever dreamed of a garage computer setup? If so, presumably this dream was inspired by the idea of transforming an area without much function into a room with many. Whether it is tools, firewood, or sports equipment: having a place for everything is important, and when that room doubles as workspace then there are even more variables to consider when planning out space.

1. Choose the best spot in your garage for your computer setup

  • Let’s start out with some background information about your garage. The first thing you need to know is that garages typically have lower ceilings than other rooms in the house, and that means we can’t really stack components on top of each other like we would in a normal room.
  • We also likely don’t want to put our computer directly on the floor because dust will get sucked up by the fans, so let’s start by considering all possible options for setting up our new PC.
  • The power strip from the previous owner isn’t going to do anything for us.
  • We already discussed why we can’t vertically mount our motherboard so let’s consider side-by-side setups instead. In these types of setups your case(s) sit side-by-side, typically with a divider between them to stop the powerful fan from one case from blowing hot air into another.
  • In most cases you’ll need at least six inches of space in front and behind your computer for proper air flow.
  • With only a few inches separating our two cases you can clearly see how much hotter one side will get over the other. Our fans are adequate but nowhere near enough to keep everything cool if we’re this close together.
  • The solution would be either to upgrade our fans or spread out our components more.
  • By giving each case its own area of free space (and putting them further apart) we can increase airflow significantly. We’re also less to bump anything important on accident.
  • This is also important if you have pets or kids. You can see the potential of damage caused by items bumping into things over time. While it’s not deadly to your computer components, it can shorten their lifespan.
  • For most home setups though there’s no need for that much space between cases unless you’re using some seriously high-end gear. This distance should be plenty enough for most PCs.
  • By keeping both our cases closer together we save a lot on floor space and make wiring/cabling easier as well since everything is more centralized now.
  • Just remember to leave room around your towers so you don’t accidentally bump them when working on something else in the garage – which means everything has to be watched carefully all the time to keep it from getting damaged.
  • This is especially important with the tower sitting on the ground since it’s more likely to get bumped or kicked than one mounted to a desk. If you don’t use your garage for anything else, do yourself a favor and pick up an office chair so you can sit down while working on your computer if need be.
  • It also helps having enough room that you’re not putting yourself in danger every time you walk around – nevermind trying to pull off any kind of extreme modding because there isn’t enough space to even breathe!
  • If you work on computers all the time it might make sense getting a full-sized setup instead of a laptop, but at least put everything on a rolling computer cart with some drawers on it – this will save you a lot of time constantly having to pick up and put down cables.

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2. Connect your computer to the internet and power outlets

  • It also helps having enough room that you’re not putting yourself in danger every time you walk around – nevermind trying to pull off any kind of extreme modding because there isn’t enough space to even breathe!
  • If you work on computers all the time it might make sense getting a full-sized setup instead of a laptop, but at least put everything on a rolling computer cart with some drawers on it – this will save you a lot of time constantly having to pick up and put down cables.
  • You can go wireless if you don’t mind paying for more hardware and gadgets, but the performance typically isn’t as good as wired connections even over Ethernet.
  • If possible try plugging all your devices into wall outlets that are separate from each other. By using power strips with surge protectors attached to them, I found that it helped me cut back on how often my equipment would reset by itself during brownouts or just random glitches.
  • The whole idea of modding is about pushing the limits of what you can do with your equipment, so don’t be afraid to try new things. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t but at least if something goes wrong you know it’ll probably be fixable without too much headache.

3. Make sure you have enough ventilation in the garage

  • A lot of people don’t understand how much energy is required to run a computer. If you’re planning on making your own computer to put in the garage, just know that if it has LED lights inside of it then you absolutely 100% need extra ventilation. I made that mistake once and now my computer smells like leaking coolant because one of the fans stopped working again for no reason at all.
  • For most gamers, it’s normal for their computer components to emit heat after heavy use. The best way around this problem is to attach an external fan so you’ll never have to worry about taking apart your computer or even worse blowing up another $200 worth of hardware because you didn’t want to spend the on an extra fan or two. The best part about an external fan is that it has the same effect as blowing up your opponents in PUBG without having to take damage yourself. So purchase an external fan for your computer today!
  • For gamers who want to make sure their computers stay cool but don’t have enough money for another fan, they can also duct tape a box fan onto the side of their case. If you do this PLEASE make sure you adjust the voltage on your power supply before running it because if you don’t then all of your hard work just turns into smoke after spending hours assembling it.
  • Also, be aware that taping a box fan to the side of something emits extreme levels of noise pollution so please research where people are living around you before doing this or you will have parents at your doorstep telling you to turn it down.
  • But if you are really trying to be cheap, then go ahead and purchase a smaller box fan that is the exact size of just one side of your computer case or something similar to that effect. This method emits even more noise pollution than the previous method but is free so I would consider this an extremely viable option if you are tight on cash.
  • Also please make sure not to put anything in front of it because most likely your PC will overheat before the fan has a chance to cool it down.

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