Hello, and welcome to my second cooling article about cooling your PC efficiently. In the past article, I recommended products that would be great for cooling. Today, I am going to tell you about some other products and ways to cool your PC.
Having the right stuff to cool your PC is just step 1 of the job. You also need to have good airflow in your case. I am going to help you increase the airflow in your case. One of the easiest ways to increase airflow in your case is simply by using Rounded Cables
. Since Rounded Cables take up less space in your case, they increase airflow, which can decrease your temperatures. Rounded Cables don’t cost much and I highly recommend them, especially if you have a window! I have all Rounded Cables except for my FDD cable; I am planning on upgrading that to a rounded cable soon.
Next, I will talk about some better products that you could use to cool your system. First, I will talk about other RAM heat spreaders.
Vantec, a company that is famous for making good cooling products has a RAM heat spreader that I have found to be better than the rest. The Vantec IceBerQ DDR Copper Memory Cooler is now my cooler of choice. In fact, I just purchased two of them and they shipped today! They will work on all DDR and SD RAM. You can pick it up at KD Computers
. It costs 7.95 USD which is 11.63 CAD. That is much cheaper than the Thermaltake Copper and Aluminum RAM Coolers.
Next, is a video card cooler that I overlooked when I wrote my last article. I am sorry about that. The product is the Zalman HP-80A VGA Heatpipe Cooler
. This product requires the PCI slot next to your AGP slot to be empty, as the heatsink will go into that space. All the tests I have found show that this is the best cooler for your video card. It is pricey at 29.95 USD which is 43.84 CAD.
Next, are case fans. 80mm fans are the standard in computers, and I laid those out in my first article. 92 and 120 mm are also available. For 92mm if you want a quiet system, I recommend the Vantec Stealth 92mm. It only displaces 28 CFM though. There is also an 80mm stealth fan that displaces 27 CFM, and a 120mm that displaces 53 CFM. All of those are less than the Thermaltake Smart Case Fan 2 (80mm.) If you want great cooling, then go with a high quality 120mm fan, such as the YS-TECH 120mm fan that displaces a whopping 131.5 CFM. Of course, if you want to use that 120mm fan in an 80mm opening, you can get an 80mm-120mm funnel, which allows you to put a 120mm fan into an 80mm opening.
NOTE: I have no experience with this “funnel.” I also think that it is a weird concept, therefore, I am not recommending it. I am just stating that it is available and you can use it. To me, a 3 degree Celsius drop on a CPU is not worth the trouble of paying more for a 120mm fan and installing the funnel.
NOTE: Installing the YS-TECH 120mm fan with the 80mm-120mm funnel on the side of your case might not be a very good idea. It MAY touch your video card, or whatever it is blowing over.
Vantec Stealth 80mm
10.95 USD=16.03 CAD
Vantec Stealth 92mm
10.95 USD=16.03 CAD
Vantec Stealth 120mm
18.95 USD= 27.74 CAD
(Top Fan) 16.00 USD= 23.42 CAD
13.00 USD= 19.03 CAD
Of course, these cooling procedures are not critical in all situations. I do recommend that you have Rounded Cables, but otherwise it might not be best for you. You probably only want to upgrade your cooling supplies if you are having a loss of performance, such as lag in games, or lag in anything else. You also might want to upgrade if you have NO cooling on that part whatsoever. Remember, as far as RAM goes, buying higher quality RAM and no heat spreader is better than buying lower quality RAM and a heat spreader. Not to mention that higher quality RAM does sometimes come with Heat Spreaders. For RAM, I acknowledge the following manufacturers as “high quality RAM manufacturers:”
That is only what I have used so I am sure there are more, such as Crucial. On video cards, if you are experiencing lag on games, it’s either time for a new video card, or some cooling products. NOTE: Many newer video cards come with cooling products already installed, to be specific, the Leadtek GeForce 4 Ti. 4600.
NOTE: Prices are in USD and prices are subject to change. Conversions are from the XE Universal Currency Converter