PC Cooling

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  1. NolanTA

    NolanTA You talkin' to me? OT Supporter

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    I've got a home office, about 15x15. In it, I've got 4 PC's on 3 monitors. 2 AMD XP 1800+, 1 AMD XP 1600, and an old Pentium 400. I'm using traditional ATX style cases, and pretty standard CPU heat syncs and case fans, and they keep the CPU's in the 122-132 F range.

    The problem is, this room gets pretty damn warm in the summer. The XP 1600 seems to be the worst offender. I can turn it off for a day, and the room cools off considerably.

    So my question? Is there a trick to keeping the CPU's from burning up that doesn't necessarily overheat the ambient room temperature? Will watercooling not have as much effect on air temperature?

    Thanks.
     
  2. NolanTA

    NolanTA You talkin' to me? OT Supporter

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    Oh yeah - if watercooling is my best bet, what manufacturer, product, and price range? I would like to spend as little as possible, so bang for buck would be my greatest need.
     
  3. CyberBullets

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    if you buy cheap parts, ull get shit.

    www.lux-design.com has an awesome selection
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Thanks for the link, a co-worker of mine was telling me about that place a while ago but when I went to look at it I forgot the name :doh:
     
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    I've got watercooling on my xp2500 and it still heats up my living room a fair bit. It definately cools the case temp a lot, but not much for the rest of the room. You could try a program like cpuidle that backs the voltage off a bit when you aren't using the system, and that will get it to produce less heat.
     
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    I'm thinking you might just need better room circulation/cooling. Or some how craft some exhaust fans to exit the hot CPU air outside of the room. Or I could be just full of hot air. :)
     
  7. D3aC0n

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    CPU's don't really release that much heat into a room...
    it's more likely your monitor or power supply that are doing it
     
  8. CyberBullets

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    its my psu here. i turn my monitor off whenever im not on my computer (just a force of habbit) and my room bakes when i close the door. even if i do have the windows open its still hot like india
     
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    Definately.. I have my two computers in the only room in the house without A/C and it's killer in the summer. Feel the back of your computer and you'll see the PSU is definately hotter than the air coming out from the exhaust fans
    plus my monitor's really heat up the room too
     
  10. Ernie

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    just grab a couple of vantec tornados (if you dont mind the noise) and your computer will be freezing...
     
  11. NolanTA

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    Are there cooler running PSU's, then? The 3 hotter PC's have Antec 350W (dual fans).
     
  12. squds

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    cooling for your computer will only make the room warmer, but will keep the cpu cooler, no matter what cooling you use, the heat still has to go somewhere...
     
  13. CyberBullets

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    that causes problems with ur insulation (each room of my house is insulated) and over time can cause wood to rot or mildue (sp?) to grow if your exhaust air is humid.
     
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    I'd cool the room before I cooled the CPU's. If you're overclocking, don't. You can also try out a KVM switch to reduce your 3 monitors down to 1
     
  15. NolanTA

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    I'm not overclocking, and the 3 monitors are necessary. I already have a KVM on 2 of the PC's.

    I think I'm going to just start leaving PC's off when not needed, and get my AC equipment checked out and serviced before too long.
     
  16. jayrod

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    buy flat-panel monitors :dunno:
     
  17. NolanTA

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    I've thought about that, but that's an expensive alternative.
     
  18. SlickStick

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    No matter what cooling you have in youre computer, if it is putting the hot air into the room, but your PC is cool as shit inside the cooling device is doing its job...The electronics naturally heat uip a small room, like someone said ventilate... For my cooling I think I am straight without a watercooled system...I have the fan in the power supply of course, an oversized fan on the processor, 4 normal case fans, and a system exhaust fan...lol surprisingly it isn't that loud either.

    PJ
     

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