How to make my computer look cool physically and virtually

Looking brand-new

Perception is everything. If it looks new to you, it will feel new to you. And with a little cleaning and maybe a couple of hardware changes, it can look brand-new.

The first place to start is with the keyboard. Most keyboards are black and will show dirt and grim like no tomorrow. You will be amazed at how a good cleaning will make it appear brand new.


A filthy keyboard before cleaning

Now when cleaning your keyboard, you will need to turn off your computer. That way, you do not accidentally press the wrong keys. I have seen it happen, especially with laptops with FN keys.

Since most of us eat while we work, compressed air can help dislodge anything that may have gotten in between or under the keys. A good spray of compressed air should get rid of the massive debris.

When it comes to psychically cleaning the keyboard, remember that liquid and electronics do not mix. Never spray a cleaning solution directly on your keyboard. Always apply it to the cleaning material (cotton swab, paper towel, etc.) first.

Lightly dampen a cotton swab or paper towel with a cleaning solution and ring out any excess liquid before cleaning. It may take some time to clean all of the keys, but remember how long it took to get them dirty (months? years?).


That same dirty keyboard after being cleaned

Now, if the printing has faded or worn off, maybe it is time to go ahead and replace the keyboard. Desktop keyboards are easy to replace; laptop keyboards can be a little harder. For new laptop keyboards, I recommend LaptopKeyboard.com.

When it comes to your mouse, the body will get dirty, and the buttons get looking worn. The same cleaning technique used for your keyboard applies to your mouse.

If it is a wired mouse, turn off the computer. If it is wireless, turn it off. Clean both the top and bottom with a lightly dampened paper towel. Use a lightly damped cotton swab to clean the optical lens on the bottom.

The next thing you might want to clean is the monitor. As with the keyboard and mouse, you will want to turn it off, unplug it and let it cool down. Once it is cooled down, you can start to clean it.

Just like with your keyboard, you want to start cleaning your monitor with some compressed air. If your monitor is dusty, you may want to take it outside before clean it with compressed air.

Use the compressed air to clean out all of the ventilation holes in the case. Make sure you get as much of the grime out as you can, as dust does conduct electricity.

Now lightly dampen a paper towel with a cleaning solution and wipe the outside of the case. When you get done with that, it is time to clean the screen.

To clean the screen, I recommend using a soap-based, not ammonia-based, glass cleaner, and microfiber towels to protect the finish. Never directly apply the glass cleaner to the screen to prevent damage to it.

Lightly dampen a microfiber towel with glass cleaner and thoroughly wipe the screen. Now before it has a chance to dry, wipe the screen off with a dry micro-fiber towel to remove any streaks that may have appeared.

The last thing to clean is the outside of the computer case itself. Please make sure you turn it off and unplug the power cord (desktop computer) or ac adapter (laptop computer) before you start to clean it.

Lightly dampen a paper towel with a cleaning solution and wipe down the outside (front, sides, top, bottom, and back). If you have any old and faded stickers, this would be a great time to remove them.

To remove stickers, I recommend using an adhesive remover like Goof Off. Just make sure the area with the label is laying completely horizontal, so you can let the adhesive remover sit on it for a little while.

Once you have let the adhesive remover soak in, use a plastic razor blade or plastic putty knife to scrape the label off. If the sticker has been on there for a while, it may take a few passes to get it removed.

When all of the labels are gone, go ahead and clean it with a paper towel with a cleaning solution. You want to get any residue from the adhesive remover off.

The next thing we want to do is clean the inside of the computer with some compressed air. For this step, we will need to disconnect all cables attached to the computer and take it outside.

Now the procedure is about the same for desktop and laptop computers. For desktop computers, here is a detailed article we did a little while back on how to clean the dust out of your computer.

The same procedures in the article above apply to laptops as well. All you have to do for a laptop computer is to locate the air intake for the cooling fan(s). But instead of using a nonmetallic rod to hold the cooling fan(s), use a straightened-out paper clip.

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Replace the Power Supply

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The power supply in your computer has a large fan built into it. The airflow you feel when you hold your hand behind your computer is coming from this fan.

If you don't have a case fan, the power supply fan is the only way that the hot air created inside your computer can be removed. Your computer can heat up quickly if this fan isn't working.

Unfortunately, you can’t just replace the power supply fan. If this fan is no longer working, you’ll need to replace the entire power supply.

2.      Organize desktop to look well arranged

People are seemed to ponder the matter of how to make windows 10 look better. For that, you need to remove the disorder that is constructed due to situating a lot of files and folders on the desktop. Arrange files and folders suitably so that the desktop seems like a sagacious place. The perfect and systematized desktop reward eyes a pleasing effect and saves the mind from stress. To make your windows 10 look beautiful you need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to setting click on personalization and then select the theme.
  2. Click on desktop item settings
  3. Select items to hide from the desktop.

You can automatically arrange items by clicking on space on the desktop and selecting the view option, this will help you to arrange files and folders in the grid form. Can’t figure out how to make windows 10 look cool? There are online tools that can facilitate people in assembling the desktop and help in the creation of eye captivating wallpaper.

 

What about pre-made themes?

If you want a quick PC makeover and have no time or interest in playing around with desktop background settings or custom color palettes, consider using a premade theme. You can find these online at the Microsoft store, and they range from beautiful art and nature themes to video game and movie themes.

Use LED Strips

LED strips are a great way to highlight the interiors of your computer cabinets. Each strip has anywhere from six to twelve LEDs and is powered using the PSU just like HDDs and SSDs. Some strips have single color LEDs while others have RGB LEDs that allow you to control the light emitted using a controller. Some motherboards also have RGB LED headers that allow you to directly plug LED strips into the motherboard and control them via software. Corsair, Cooler Master, Nzxt and Phanteks are a few popular manufacturers of LED strips.

Upgrade your CPU fan

Your CPU is arguably one of the most sensitive (and expensive) components inside your computer, and it has the highest potential to overheat. Most CPUs come preinstalled with lower-end fans that are engineered to cool your processor just enough to keep it running—and nothing more. For this reason, you’ll want to consider upgrading to a better CPU fan, which can help keep CPU temperatures down. Keep in mind, however, that your CPU fan can only cool to the lowest temperature in your case, regardless of how well-designed your CPU fan is.

Upgrade Processor’s Stock Cooler

Most processors come with coolers that are not that great looking. Coolers have a large size and are the center of attraction when viewing the case from its transparent side panel. Most CPU coolers have a metallic finish which does not blend with well with most cabinets. You can upgrade your CPU stock cooler with either an attractive air cooler or an AIO (All-In-One) liquid cooler. AIO liquid coolers have RGB lighting which can further enhance the outlook of your PC. If you prefer air cooler, then consider one that has a stylish finish and pair it up with an RGB fan if you want to add some lighting to the case.

Get a water cooling kit

For gaming systems with high-end CPUs and overclocked components, often the fastest fans can’t keep up with the increased temperatures. To solve this problem, many gamers opt for water cooling kits as a way to cool the CPU. In a water cooling kit, a pump cycles cold water down to the CPU in self-contained tubes, then pumps the water out of the system where it can be cooled before returning to the CPU for additional cooling. If you’re comfortable performing a technical installation, water cooling kits are safe and relatively affordable.

Upgrade the CPU Fan

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Your CPU is probably the most sensitive and expensive part inside of your computer. It also has the most potential to overheat.

Unless you've replaced your CPU fan already, the one that's in your computer now is probably a bottom-of-the-line fan that cools your processor just enough to keep it working properly, and that's assuming it's running at full speed.

Many companies sell large CPU fans that help keep CPU temperature lower than a factory installed fan ever could.

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2. Cable Management is Necessary

When there are numerous monitors in a gaming setup, there is bound to be a lot of cabling. Despite their necessity, cables can make your room look cluttered, and a little daunting when left unorganized. Your gaming setup would look awful if the cable management is not good enough. There are tons of great products for cable management.

 You can get a pack of inexpensive cable channels or IKEA cable management products to conceal all the wires beneath the desk. Most of these products come with hooks that clip the cables and hold them in place. There are cable sleeves with zippers or Velcro strip that wraps all your cables in a neat bundle without tangling them.

4.      Utilize Rain meter desktop customization tool

Rainmeter lets you present tailored coatings on your desktop; with this tool, you can bring a lot of creativity and innovation and make windows 10 look cool. This tool can be downloaded free because it’s open-source software.

Rainmeter offers users different skins that are installed on the PC, you can utilize new skins and modify the old ones. This consumes less space and can perfectly work with window 10. It is not just a simple app but a vigorous toolkit.

the platform of the rainmeter allows skins to run on the desktop and every skin functions inversely depending on the choices of the person who created or modified the skin. All skins are composed of the same fundamental aspects as usage, format, values, percentage, and order. The information is collected from different areas of the computer to create graphic elements like frames, images, borders, text, etc. Different skins can be mixed using some special instructions and can be customized b utilizing coded language that is unique. Text editing software can help you rewrite the code of the skin, other than that to simplify it can be twisted and altered.

 

Wrapping Up

To have a stunning gaming zone, get a desk with cable management and smart lights. You can go fancy with lighting to create a striking visual if your budget allows. Have fun with accessorizing and keep your gaming area clean and clutter-free. 

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