I just recently put together a new computer system for myself. I made the mistake early on and was a little to eager to get a case so i picked up any case that i thought looked descent. I didnt take into consideration cooling, and now that I have a little bit more experience in building these computers I realize one of my errors. Anyway, I am looking to control my computer temperatures a little bit better. Here are my specs for the computer.
-MSI Neo2 Platinum 865PE Motherboard
-Intel Pentium 4 Processor 3.0Ghz (c) - it has a Northwood core
-I replaced the stock fan/heatsink with a Spire Cooperstream 2 CPU Chiller
-Pinnacle 3200 DDR Ram - 1 gig
- Antec True Blue 480 Watt Power Supply
- Leadtek Nvidia Geforce 5700 Ultra DDR2 128MB
- Plus all the bells and whistles (ie, floppy, DVDRW, wireless net card, SB Audigy Sound card, 2 hard drives).
I've purchased and installed rounded IDE and floppy cables to help control the airflow. Wires are still a little bit all over the place because of the power supply (so many connections). I also used Artic Silver 5 when installing the processor.
The case that I have is a Powmax Dreamstar Black Case. The problem is that it is not the greatest case for cooling but better then some that I see. The case came with one 80mm side window fan. There is no room in the front of the case to put a fan. The case didnt come with any fan for the back so I purchased an 80mm Antec fan. I think one of my main problems is that both of the fans are blowing air out. No intake.
Right now, I'll start the computer up and after POST and loading up into windows CPU temperature levels out to about 42 celc. And generally it will stay that way if im doing general surfing on the web, aim, non heavy intensive applications. However if I load up a game like Unreal Torunament 2004 or Doom3 processor pushes to about 51 - 52. After I stop playing the game the processor levels out to about 49 Celc. So it seems like there isnt enough heat being dissapated. So even afterwards, if i do something like play Doom 3 again then the processor pushes up to about 60 celcuis and levels off again to about 49/50 after I finish playing.
I'm intrested in lowering the processor temperature to prevent longterm damage. My understanding was that the Prescott core runs a lot hotter then the Northwood core, this was one of the reasons why I purcahsed the Northwood. I've purchased two items to help with airflow in the case which is the following:
- Speeze System Cooler: Ill throw this in a PCI slot right under the Video card to help get rid of some of the heat generated by it (you can find this item on new egg)
- Ultra 5.25 Bay Freezer with 2-60mm fans: this goes into the 5.25 bays and supposedly cools the system by providing intake and exhaust. (you can find this on tiger direct)
I was wondering if anyone else had any other ideas to help cool the system better then what it is already? These parts shoudl be coming within the next few days. I plan on turning the window fan around so it can be an intake fan and then throwing the other parts in there? or does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks for all the help.
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