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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Thu Sep 11, 2003 7:10 pm

The Cpu is 120 F (49 C) (it is 80 degrees in my room) the system

i have one intake fan in the front, 1 exhaust fan in back under psu, Thermaltake Volcano on 1Ghz AMD T-Bird. 1 small exhaust fan in drive bay under cd drives with the drive bay cover off to cool my hdd.
I have 2 Cd Drives, 2 hdds, and a floppy burner, so i have the ribbon cables in there. any suggestions to make it cooler?
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Postby aviationwiz on Thu Sep 11, 2003 7:34 pm

Wow, that is rather warm. Of course, those temps are normal for an AMD system.
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Postby aviationwiz on Thu Sep 11, 2003 7:39 pm

You might want to switch to rounded cables, that should bring temps down a bit. You can find them here:

http://www.kdcomputers.com/eui/prime/br ... ent/63.htm

They have rounded IDE and Floppy Cables in many sizes. They also have Flat Rate $5 Ground shipping, which is a great deal! I think it's UPS Ground too!
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Thu Sep 11, 2003 7:49 pm

I cleaned my heatsink, and kinda make the cables neater in my case, ill see how that works. any suggestions for a program that monitors my system temperature so i dont have to reboot and go into the bios to check my temperature?
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Postby CDRecorder on Thu Sep 11, 2003 8:09 pm

What motherboard do you have? ABIT offers utilities like this for their motherboards. I have used their utility on my home-built system which has a 1.2-GHz Athlon Thunderbird on an ABIT KT7A.

BTW, I know that these Thunderbirds run hot; mine sometimes gets to about 49 C, too (in an 80-degree room), and I have two intake fans, a Coolermaster heatsink, one exhaust fan, and one exaust fan inside my PSU.
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Thu Sep 11, 2003 8:21 pm

I have an Epox, my computer is like 2 years old too. But I can check the temperature in the bios, so I was thinking "why not be able to in windows?"

I was a bit concerned about my processor being that hot because one of my friends lost an 800mhz Duron from heat (not even overclocking) :cry:
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Postby aviationwiz on Thu Sep 11, 2003 8:43 pm

Try out this program:
http://mbm.livewiredev.com/
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Postby David on Thu Sep 11, 2003 10:34 pm

You can also us speed fan to see your system temp. It displays it on the task bar.
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Postby TheWizard on Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:40 pm

At 49 C, the CPU is not that hot at all. If it were more like 60+ C then there would be cause for concern.
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Postby aviationwiz on Fri Sep 12, 2003 7:37 am

Well, at 49C, it is still plenty hot. It melts at 90C, so it's true that the cooling doesn't need to be immediatly re-done, but it would be a good idea to do eventually, such as rounded cables, better fans, etc.
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Postby CowboySlim on Fri Sep 12, 2003 3:57 pm

AW: Contrary to public opinion, replacing flat cables with round ones will have only minimal effect on CPU temp. It is the last thing that I would do as a desperate attempt to reduce CPU temp.

TS: If you have space at the rear of you case to mount another exhaust fan, I suggest that you move the intake fan in front to the rear as exhaust as your first measure. With respect to how much air only one chassis fan will move, two fans exhausting in parallel will come a lot closer to moving twice the air as a series arrangement with one exhaust fan in the rear and the other in the front as intake.
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Postby TheWizard on Fri Sep 12, 2003 8:04 pm

aviationwiz wrote:Well, at 49C, it is still plenty hot.


To a human, heck yeah 49 C is hot. To a computer it's A-OK.

Turkeyscore: I think you have ample cooling. No need to change anything.
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Postby Stoner on Fri Sep 12, 2003 8:15 pm

Open the side of the case and set a desktop fan to low and blow it straight on the mobo.

With an "old" AMD cpu and that volcano HSF, 49C is not a bad tempt at all.
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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Sat Sep 13, 2003 6:16 pm

lol....is it bad that I already did that? (that brought the temp down to about 105 F, then when I put the case back together, the temp went back up to 113F)
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Postby CDRecorder on Sat Sep 13, 2003 7:56 pm

Turkeyscore,

You could probably keep your CPU a lot cooler by installing more case fans. I have two intake fans, one exhaust fan, and one fan in the power supply (exhaust also) in my AMD Athlon computer, and the internal case temperature (with the case closed) stays about the same as room temperature.
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Postby CowboySlim on Sat Sep 13, 2003 8:31 pm

TS: 113 - 119F is not too hot; AMDs run that hot.

CDRecorder: That which you say is essentially correct. However, there is also the point of dimishing returns. Take temperature readings in front of an inlet and at an outlet/exhaust (but chassis fan, not PSU). If there is less than 5F difference, adding another fan won't help much. If you get 20F difference, another fan in parallel will help. However, if you have all your exhaust locations filled, adding an intake won't help much regardless.

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Postby Turkeyscore.com on Sun Sep 14, 2003 11:48 pm

i also have a cheap case...room for 1 case fan in front and 1 in back. (then the ps fan) I have a 5.25'' drive bay open and a little processor fan for a 300 mhz cyrix blowing a little out in hopes of cooling my 120 GB 8Mb hdd....just cuz i have it and dont know what else to do with it....
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Postby CowboySlim on Tue Sep 16, 2003 11:04 am

Turkeyscore.com wrote:i also have a cheap case...room for 1 case fan in front and 1 in back. (then the ps fan) I have a 5.25'' drive bay open and a little processor fan for a 300 mhz cyrix blowing a little out in hopes of cooling my 120 GB 8Mb hdd....just cuz i have it and dont know what else to do with it....

Well, I guess then that you'll just have to dance with the one ya' brung.
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