CPU cooling question

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  1. ChampionSpellor

    ChampionSpellor New Member

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    That's my case right now, I leave the side panel off because it gets pretty hot (the fan spins on high and gets really loud if the panel is on).

    Would it help keep the CPU cooler if I reversed the fan to blow the hot air off the CPU? :noes: I would try it myself but this cheapass Dell doesn't have any temp sensors :hs:
     
  2. Silmatharien

    Silmatharien OT Supporter

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    you could take the vent off the HSF

    and you want the fan to be blowing air onto the heatsink and through the fins.

    oh and those two fans at the front are going to do next to nothing with the HDD right in front of them.
     
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    unmounted hard drive ftl
     
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    the back fan is the only fan :squint:
     
  5. Silmatharien

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    something at the front looked like a fan to me. my bad
     
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    OK, you should probably consider a new case. Having unmounted drives is never really a good idea. Also, many cases draw air in from the front and having your drives blocking that isn't too smart.
    The other thing you could do is buy another fan to mount the the side of the removable panel and drill some holes.
     
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    Just like what the guy above me said, get a new case. I suggest getting an ATX case using the BTX form factor, which allows better air flow. Check NewEgg for good deals.
     
  8. U Think U Know

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    It also helps to clean all the dust out of the computer, especially the heatsink. Maybe apply some new Artic Silver 5 too while you're at it.
     
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    I'm planning to add additional fans soon to have actual airflow. Any suggestions of quality brands? How does this look?

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    What should I do to the CPU? I don't want to mess with thermal compound because I have no idea how to do it even after looking at the directions on the arctic silver site. I'm guessing a heatsink fan is a must (plz gve me recommendations), but would the back fan still be necessary?
     
  10. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    sorry, had to

    dell ftl
     

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