We have a computer in a dusty environment. Worked for more than a year and then PSU died, probably because PSU fan wasn't cooling enought good. I tried to rotate the fan by hand and it was rotating hard.
We have a need for another computer in another dusty environment, so to make a better choice, i`m researching about ways to save computer from dust as i have no experience in such field.
The PC can be low power/performance PC, as it just needs to operate with the database software and work with a printer.
Ways to keep computer clean
I am now reading The dust free computer and it mentions 4 ways to solve the problem:
- Clean the environment. Not possible, as this is manufacturing
- Reduce the need of airflow. Computer without fans.
- Isolate the computer. An interesting and cheap solution - wrap the computer in a dirt bag and that's all.
- Use filtered airflow.
What i`m thinking about
First of all i look forward for a small PC, wall mounted would be nice, but is there any that doesn't require fans to operate? I'm looking at Dell Optiplex FX160, but would that be an option? I don't actually know if this device has fans, but as i'm reading the technical guidebook, it requires that there is some spacing for the airflow: But as i'm looking that are "so many dots" for airflow, i`m afraid that it could be blocked by dust really fast?
Just buying a regular PC and upgrading airflow as mentioned in the article - will it really solve the problem or just mitigate it?
- Well the dirt bag looks like a real option.
But what are your experiences and suggestions?