So I've been worried about how hot it's been around here lately (I don't have air conditioning and it gets 90 in my apartment in the summer). I noticed that for a while my poor computer's internal temps were not happy with these conditions (going up a 10 degree Celsius increase during the heatwave) so to compensate, I bought a couple more case fans and installed them. Around the same time, I also bought a second harddrive.
Problem is, since installing the fans the temperature has gone up
in the case, but only on my graphics card. Everything else went down a good 5 degrees.
The temperature outside is back to normal (my apartment is like 65 right now) so I can't blame the weather.
The only change to the case that I made was putting in another SATA cable to connect the second harddrive (and on my mobo, the sata cable input sits right underneath my graphics card fan) however I can't see a single cord adding enough blockage of air to cause a problem...especially not with a large side-window fan newly installed next to the card.
Here are the specs for my computer, I hope someone can help, The card is idling at 58 degrees Celsius, rather than the 41 it used to be at. I know it's not a huge temperature, but it seems a little high for having 7 120 cm case fans and 1 200cm top fan.
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Harddrive
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
A new harddrive I cannibalized from a friend's dead computer:
Maxtor Diamondmax 10 100GB SATA 6L100MO SATA Hard Drive
2 case fans, one installed in the side window, and one installed in the back of the first harddrive bay (my harddrives are installed in the bottom tray, not with the one with the fan on it):
2 Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fans
Here is the temperature chart according to speedfan and Open Hardware monitor: