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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dingle, Jan 5, 2005.

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  1. dingle

    dingle Thread Starter

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    Which reasonably priced case/solution would you advise for a cooler system ?

    At present the mobo is running very hot, and I think the PSU is being strained.

    Std Tower Case, Non alu. (it was cheap at the time...)
    Hiper 420W Twin fan PSU, Set to Full blow.
    3 Optical Drives
    1 Tape Drive
    1 Floppy
    4 HDD's. 2 With Fan Kits underneath, 1 Full Height SCSI
    1 Front fan, 1 rear.

    Asus 600x Mobo.
    AMD2800, 1Gb DDR400 (2x512)
    Mentor 5700 GPU
    Interface Cards:
    TV Card, Creative Audigy + Riser, SCSI Card, Firewire Card & Additional SATA controller.

    Used for Video Editing/Recording, Gaming and some Office use.

    Any suggestions of past experience would be appreciated.
    The SCSI Card/Drive/Tapedrive will be moving to another PC once AMD mobo's support PCI-E.
     
  2. fishhookz

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    First off, cheap HDD fans do more harm than good. It generates heat and disturb the air flow. BTW, the best place to cool HD is NOT the bottom, but the top, which is the hottest part. Sadly, I have yet to see a properly designed HDD cooler.

    I'd suspect the ambient temp in the case. Get a good CPU cooler. i.e. Zalman 7000 all copper. You might want to replace the crappy heatsink on the northbridge chipset, which is where the mobo temp is detected.

    My case is cheap too. I just modified it to have better air flow from the front. You could use some cable management - move them out of the way to the right side.
     
  3. darkelf_18

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    How hot is it???
     
  4. dingle

    dingle Thread Starter

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    OK, HDD Fans removed, will see if helps the flow at all.
    Also taken out the SCSI cable for the DAT drive as it wouldn't help the air flow.

    Didn't seem to help much, but today gonna order new CPU fan, northbridge fan and a temperature monitor so i can monitor the temperature properly.

    All i know is it runs damned hot, and SI-SANDRA reports 50 degress or more for the temp of the mobo.

    Will update this when i got them in and can track wots going on better - Maybe then i can look at overclocking.....
     
  5. darkelf_18

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    HOLY CRAP!!! 50 degrees C is SMOKIN!!! for the MoBo.
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    If your MB is truly running at 50C, you don't need better processor cooling, you need better case cooling! How much does the temperature drop if you remove the side panels? If it's significant, that's a sure sign that case cooling is the issue.

    I prefer exhaust fans mounted near the top at the rear of tower configurations. I don't use intake fans, because I've actually had them create turbulence and reduce cooling.
     
  7. stranglehold

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    Where are most MB temps measured?
     
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