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Old 06-06-2005, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A little concerned over my system's temps the past day or two. Haven' made any hardware changes, so am not sure what it could be. Here are the details:

Under NO load, it's at 49 C. A month or two ago it was at 38-40 C.
I felt a good amount of heat coming from the top of the tower, so I opened it up and it seemed the power supply was very warm. Safe to touch, but quite warm. I had never even paid attention to the PSU before, so is this normal after several hours or runtime?

I have 1 front intake fan, 1 side fan and 2 rear exhaust fans. Stock intel heatsink/fan.

A couple weeks ago I added a second gig of ram (DDR 400, no overclocking) and heard this would bump the temp up SOME, but wasn't sure how much. Doesn't anyone have any suggestions? I'm a little concerned about leaving it running when it's this hot, but can't shut it off every time i run out for something. Any thoughts would be helpful.

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Old 06-06-2005, 06:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Could be dust. if there is a lot of dust building up in the case, it traps a lot of heat. it could also be the weather getting warmer. my pc has risen a few degrees because of summer coming.


Do u have thermalpaste on the CPU? If not, get some arctic silver 5 and apply it
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RAM wouldn't add any heat to the system, it doesn't get at all hot enough to contribute to it......could be dust.....perhaps the room in your house has gotten hotter?
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Get some compressed air and blow out your case and fan intakes, see if that helps any.
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will do. should the psu carry some heat though? makes sense, but like i said, just haven't noticed it before. thanks for the help, i'll keep things posted.
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well PSU's can and do get hot, but most have an adequate fan to move the air out sufficiently.....have you made sure your PSU fan hasn't died? I remember at a LAN I looked at this dudes computer across from mine and his PSU fan had died there on the spot lol.
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yeah, that was my first check and it's still spinning. quite dusty, so i'll need to take the grill off and really get in there and clean it out.
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