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Old 06-05-2004, 04:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Hard Drive / Case Cooling

I bought my computer about 5-6months ago, and it has 4 fans inside as far as i can see (ie: CPU, motherboard, and videocard fans). I dont have any Case fans or a Hard Drive fan.
are they really necessary?

because one thing i found is that my Hard Drive is extremely hot to the touch, is that normal? it is a Seagate 120Gb 7200rpm SATA.

i also got a slot in the back for another case fan.

but one problem i know with adding more fans is that it creates more noise, it already has a fair bit more of a humming noise compared with my old computer
but i will personally only go for Fans, im not willing to go into the fancy type of things like water, etc :sigh:

any ideas about what i should do?
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Old 06-05-2004, 05:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If it is working fine at the moment and you don't want to overclock you should stick with what you've got. I'm not sure how hot a HDD should get but if you are worried you could buy a passive cooler for it (one with heat pipes).
If you are going to overclock, we will need to know the temperature of your cpu at the moment.
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Old 06-05-2004, 06:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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heat is bad for electronics. I think you should invest in a couple of case fans. they're a lot cheaper than having to replace one of the other components inside your computer.

rule of thumb: front and side fans blow into the case, while back and top fans blow out of the case.
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Old 06-05-2004, 06:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah i was thinking about getting a HDD cooling fan.
but with the case, i only have one slot at the back for a case fan, and a vent on the side (not a case fan slot), thats it
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Old 06-05-2004, 04:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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some extra fans wouldnt hurt
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I only have a cpu fan, two case mounted fans, and a video card fan. I haven't had any problems.
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A hard-drive fan will make it last years longer than expected.
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get at least one fan blowing out the back(along with the ps) and one fan blowing in the front, and you should be set
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