External Heat Drain
An external heat drain can be as simple as a metal filing cabinet, which has so much surface area that it could raise in temperature a few degrees and hardly be noticed as it then silently radiates away the heat from the computer, or a cold water pipe, an aluminum windowsill, a metal beam, a metal appliance, a metal grate, a metal rod into the ground, the possibilities are endless.
With so many options all around us, why put up with a noisy high RPM fan that could break at any moment?
Once you choose a thermal drain, you then have to decide how to thermally connect the PC. If you can match polished sides then you'll have the most convenient solution.
A heavy PC sitting ontop the flat surface of a heat drain (or the other way around) is the most convenient. The connection should be tight, which is already the case if the one on top is heavy. If not, then its important to make use of thumb screws to make a tight even connection to the drain.
Most of our thermal accessories include thumb screws.
Thermal pads and/or paste is not necessary.
If you have no heat drain with a large flat surface for the PC, then consider a heavy gauge copper wire. The wire gives you a lot more options. For example: you could run that wire up to the ceiling where you may have a metal beam.
This is something you can have fun experimenting with on your own. Or, simply buy an accessory with known good characteristics. (see our list of thermal accessories)
Our favorite heat drain accessory is the V-shaped drain. It folds flat when getting it out of the way. And it forms a V when attached to the side of the PC, taking only one additional inch of space while in use, resulting in a very effective heat drain for the space taken. Plus it looks cool.