Lower your heating bill... with GAMING

  • Published: 09 May 2018
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Comments • 6 932

  • GRAYgoose124
    GRAYgoose124  11 hours back

    I actually did use my sli pc as a space heater lol, i never ran heating for those years.

    • Aroop Roelofs
      Aroop Roelofs  3 days back

      Or just use a regular radiator and call it a day?
      Heat is heat, no matter whether it dissipated from the big old radiator or the one inside the PC...

      • EzPz TomatoTech
        EzPz TomatoTech  3 days back

        Im just a 10 year old kid watching you and i dont understand ANYTHING

        • Troy Petryk
          Troy Petryk  3 days back

          Basic thermodynamics. Of course it works

          • Boz 2011
            Boz 2011  3 days back

            Laughs in fermi architecture

            • Thomas Ward
              Thomas Ward  4 days back

              The furnace went out in my family's house as a kid and in the interim my brother and I used a couple of Prescott P4 Dell towers to heat our room. On a cold night (for the south, 25-30 F or so) the room didn't drop below 75* F. Can confirm, heating with PC works.

              • Flashy Paws
                Flashy Paws  4 days back

                you realize that if you just put an air-cooled pc in your closet, it makes the same amount of heat as a water-cooled pc, right?
                that you can heat your house exactly the same amount just by running your pc indoors? in your house?
                that the water cooling loop has absolutely nothing to do with anything? its just weird and stupid?
                the heat is being put off by the pc itself. and whether you take it and heat water with it before you heat air with it is completely irrelevant to anything.

                • X Wu
                  X Wu  5 days back

                  It actually works

                  • Kurt Stedman
                    Kurt Stedman  5 days back

                    If the pipe threads are tapered and undamaged, teflon tape doesn't help it seal any better. That's why the taper is there, to seal as it gets tighter. If untapered, yes, seal those suckers.

                    • Jan Schlossar
                      Jan Schlossar  5 days back

                      why didnt you buy a new radiator you doron!

                      • James Summer
                        James Summer  5 days back

                        It already heats the room ! If something electronics like a TV or computer says 500 watts, it is putting out about 500 watts in HEAT into the room. The only exception is the heating of cables, a percent or two, and if it's a transmitter of some EM, like a Ham radio, a large portion of the energy will be transmitted or a light bulb in light, which still turns into heat eventually. Aim a spotlight on a car for example will heat up the car a little.

                        • Zippity Zop
                          Zippity Zop  6 days back

                          Linus Plumbing Tips

                          • Player 2 Nation
                            Player 2 Nation  6 days back

                            I bet if you looped your server room into this rad it would heat the whole office!!!

                            • Ryan Doyt
                              Ryan Doyt  6 days back

                              The AC in my room doesn’t work so my pc is my heater 😎

                              • Simone Tardiani
                                Simone Tardiani  6 days back

                                the video is cool but linus looks disabled in the thumbnail

                                • RiorXD
                                  RiorXD  7 days back

                                  Bro im guilty of this. I have literally overclocked my 1080 ti and loaded it just to warm my room. Gas cost so much more then electricity haha

                                  • Logos
                                    Logos  1 weeks back

                                    What happened 2 Ivan??

                                    • danturbo316
                                      danturbo316  1 weeks back

                                      I did it back in the day with large tower coolers and hot cpus.
                                      Albeit unintentional.

                                      • sidjustice43
                                        sidjustice43  1 weeks back

                                        Sounds like a nice winter idea, but when summer hits.

                                        • Michele Marie Dalene
                                          Michele Marie Dalene  1 weeks back

                                          I think you should have used a hot water baseboard instead.

                                          • ペッピナチョホセ

                                            Which case did you guys use for that PC?

                                            • chris gallon
                                              chris gallon  1 weeks back

                                              That's a lot of work for a YouTube video but enjoyed it))

                                              • ACfilms
                                                ACfilms  1 weeks back

                                                8:24 leak in black tubing 😂

                                                • Aimless Studios
                                                  Aimless Studios  1 weeks back

                                                  The fans kinetic energy also eventually gets turned into thermal energy as well so its all waste heat ultimately.

                                                  • Risto Lindmäe
                                                    Risto Lindmäe  1 weeks back

                                                    you guys looking for a problem where there isn't one, whats wrong with my air to air heating solution?

                                                    • klausjackklaus
                                                      klausjackklaus  1 weeks back

                                                      i use my pc as a space heater in the winter...i put it on a block of wood on my floor with exhaust pointed at my feet. does the job and i dont turn on my heat until it gets below 0C

                                                      • ChrispyArt
                                                        ChrispyArt  1 weeks back

                                                        Ehhh just use the warm air coming out of the case to heat the room 😂😂😂

                                                        • Aaron D
                                                          Aaron D  5 days back

                                                          Linus doesn't comprehend simple physics. Everything he touches is a disaster which gives him the content he needs for the brain dead masses that roam the internet.

                                                        • Erotikstudio Winkler GmbH
                                                          Erotikstudio Winkler GmbH  1 weeks back

                                                          Yes you dont neee dthe Radiator.
                                                          Just having a PC in the room heats it up.
                                                          Because the PCs Components dissipate their heat into the room air anyway.

                                                      • Me The Gorgeous
                                                        Me The Gorgeous  1 weeks back

                                                        IMO, nsg-s1 would be a perfect candidate for this video =)

                                                        • declan collins
                                                          declan collins  1 weeks back

                                                          Why didn’t you use a pair is stilsens (I think you call it a pipe wrench) to get the pipe out the die?

                                                          • Adrian Rutkiewicz
                                                            Adrian Rutkiewicz  2 weeks back

                                                            By the emperor, PC race truly is masters of the universe.

                                                            • SakenLv
                                                              SakenLv  2 weeks back

                                                              thanks but my intel K7700k is just enough heat

                                                              • Tey Treet
                                                                Tey Treet  2 weeks back

                                                                A normal water cooling radiator would probably do a better job. Heat generated is have to stay in the room no matter what.

                                                                • James Bowyer
                                                                  James Bowyer  2 weeks back

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                                                                  • YT_PoliceForce
                                                                    YT_PoliceForce  2 weeks back

                                                                    Glad I'm not cleaning that

                                                                    • Danielle Morén
                                                                      Danielle Morén  2 weeks back

                                                                      My amd already heats up my room enough 👆

                                                                      • Racing Tab TV
                                                                        Racing Tab TV  2 weeks back

                                                                        1:00 I learned this in 5th grade... hmmmmm

                                                                        • Kevin Huiskamp
                                                                          Kevin Huiskamp  2 weeks back

                                                                          just thermal throttle and sit on it

                                                                          • Xanaqin
                                                                            Xanaqin  2 weeks back

                                                                            This is what I imagine when people say radiator when talking about AIOs

                                                                            • I don't want a channel I'm just commenting

                                                                              I'd like to propose that, in the middle of winter, incandescent bulbs and gaming computers are 100% percent efficient.

                                                                              • Nicholas Hunter
                                                                                Nicholas Hunter  2 weeks back

                                                                                You could have used to whole room water cooling rad

                                                                                • D2RG6
                                                                                  D2RG6  2 weeks back

                                                                                  That water cooling has 120000 ping

                                                                                  • just a potato
                                                                                    just a potato  2 weeks back

                                                                                    0:09 yeah I do

                                                                                    And it’s only a Rx 580 and it heats up my rum in like only a hour

                                                                                    • Fsilone
                                                                                      Fsilone  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Whatever your system's total power consumption is, that's the equivalent wattage of space heater it'll put out heat to. Every watt used, after your computer is done "computing things," comes out as heat.

                                                                                      • ApocalypticCOLA
                                                                                        ApocalypticCOLA  2 weeks back

                                                                                        I've got a somewhat small room so a desktop + dual monitors = sauna

                                                                                        • Chetan Naik
                                                                                          Chetan Naik  3 weeks back

                                                                                          College dropout is right. This whole rig is pointless, they could have just set up the system like normal with fans in the room and it would have had the same effect. Might have been slightly faster even, as there wouldn't have been all that extra mass.

                                                                                          • Gucci Chicken nuggets
                                                                                            Gucci Chicken nuggets  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Just buy a new radiator and try again

                                                                                            • Archangel Deltius
                                                                                              Archangel Deltius  3 weeks back

                                                                                              Its a running "joke" but with the door closed the computer quite literally heats my room (when gaming)

                                                                                              • Dread Lord
                                                                                                Dread Lord  3 weeks back

                                                                                                So is there anything that can be done to not have your pc heat up a room apart from exhausting it out?

                                                                                                Does Wattage PC consumption roughly equate to head output of same Wattage space heater (albeit a little less efficient)?

                                                                                                Would lowering PC power consumption reduce heat out to room by any noticeable margin? For example 65W CPU vs. 105W -130W CPU? Similar concessions for a video card?

                                                                                                What would be the most bang for the buck/power to ambient heat ratio if that is what mattered to you? Is the difference negligible (or non-existant ....i.e. same temps only change is amount of time it takes to hit them)?

                                                                                                Power consumption seems to be creeping up and up and up (350W, 450W, 700W, 1000W) ... so are we just doomed?

                                                                                                Anecdotally my i5 4670k + gefore 980 (700W PSU) keeps my room 3 to 4 degrees warmer than rest of apartment. May not seem like much....but it's the difference between 68-72 and being fine, to 71-76 and feeling too toasty.