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PC Cool Down Tips

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#1
Hello Windows Vista Forums,

It's turning summer now and your PC proficiency may be affected by it. Here are a couple of Cool Down tips to help keep your PC cool:

1. Clean the vents out. Wipe off all the dust on the PC vents to increase air circulation. Thus, giving the PC more breathing room.

2. Open up the box and give the inside a good clean out. Take all the hardware out, (if you can) and give the inside a good compressed air cleaning. Get out all the dust and whatever else might be in their. Be careful re-installing the hardware and components.

3. Take your time when reasembling. This is a very crucial step!
When assembling take the time to re-organize your wiring to improve air flow. Tuck away unsused PSupply cables. Use some elctrical tape or plastic ties to pick up loose and dangling cables. If your using IDE 40/80 pin cables try to fold them neatly. (There are pre-folded IDE cables for sale) Do this and your system will look better and further more will stay cooler by improving air flow!

4. Check your fans, make sure that they all work properly! Including the one inside the Power Supply. (If this fan is not working is time to get a new power supply unit, DO NOT attemp to replace this fan!!!! Nor open the Power Supply!!! This may very well result in DEATH!!! As you know high voltage residual charges is left in the units even when unplugged!!!

5. Invest a few dollars in some good fans if you are not satisfied with your temperatures. I replaced every stock fan from my system to higher quality fans including video card fans. There is total decrease of 19 degrees F in idle and a 31 degrees F while playing games!

6. Clean the CPU's fans. Clean off all the older thermal grease and apply a new coat of high quality thermal compound. Your PC will recieve a way better heat transfer!

Here is some extra things you can do to cool down your PC:

1. Transport your PC to an air-conditioned room!

2. Invest water/ice based cooling, it is suppost to work wonders!

3. Their is a new component now that acts like an internal air-conditioning system for your PC. It's very pricey... around $1000-$1300.

Hope this helps cool your rigs down!

My Best Regards,
alienware09
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    EVGA NFORCE 680i SLI MB REV D MOTHERBOARD
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    2 QIMONDA 512MB DDR2 PC2-6400 JEDEC STD MEMORY
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truthkid

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#2
Perhaps you could offer your suggestions for the best CPU coolers

:)

Are you sure you didn't have complete failure in one of your fans when you managed to lower the temp 19F by case fans alone? I wouldn't think Alienware would stock their cases with crappy fans considering they portray themselves as a premium PC builder.
 

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#3
Hello truthkid,

I am absolutely positive that their was no failure! Alienware is mistaken a lot though. They build quality PC's their is no doubt. There is a catch though... to get a quality PC from them you need to have the money. I can agree that they are overpriced though.:) That much is certain!

Some good CPU coolers would be the:

Noctua NH-U12P x 1x120mm fan, 6x120mm case fans

Xigmatek HDT-S1283 CPU Cooler

These are some I could think of off the top of my head.
Hope this is useful!

Regards,
alienware09
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  • Manufacturer/Model
    ALIENWARE AREA-51 7500-R5
    CPU
    Dual Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz
    Motherboard
    EVGA NFORCE 680i SLI MB REV D MOTHERBOARD
    Memory
    2 QIMONDA 512MB DDR2 PC2-6400 JEDEC STD MEMORY
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600GTS 256MB PCI-E GRAPHICS PROCESSOR
    Sound Card
    INTERGRATED HIGH-DEF AUDIO NVIDIA C55-MB SOUND CARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG SyncMaster TFT-LCD Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1680 X 1050 PIXELS
    Hard Drives
    SEAGATE 250GB SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Cache System Drive
    PSU
    700 Watt OEM ATX PSU REV2 Power Supply
    Case
    Full-Tower Black Case 2.0B Alienware P2 Chassis
    Cooling
    AVC Pentium 4 Dual Core HSF High-Performance Liquid Cooling
    Mouse
    Razer Mamba Wireless Gaming Laser Mouse
    Keyboard
    Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard
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    54.0 MBPS
    Other Info
    Only Buy PC stuff from Razer
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44
Location
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#4
The Zalman 9700 is also a good CPU cooler. I just installed it on my new machine with Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound and it keeps my Q9550 pretty darn cool. I can post a temp when I get home if someone would like me to do so.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz
    Motherboard
    EVGA 780i FTW
    Memory
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dual BFG 8800gt OC 512MB in SLI
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB
    PSU
    Antec CP-850 (850 Watts)
    Case
    Antec 1200
    Cooling
    ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm
    Mouse
    Razer Deathadder
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    Razer Lycosa Mirror Ed.
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    5MB
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37
Location
Florida
#5
Great Post Man!

Regards,
alienware
 

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    MB-EVGA122CKNF68B1
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    8GB ElPIDA DDR2 PC2-6400 U-DIMM 800MHZ
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    NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS
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    EAX3
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    SAMSUNG 23" GAMERS CHOICE
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    Primary 1680 X 1050, Secondary 1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    ST3250410AS
    Model: ST3250410AS
    Size: 250GB
    PSU
    CoolerMaster 1000
    Case
    Alienware Black Head Chasis
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    Noctua NH-U12P x 1x120mm fan, 6x120mm case fans
    Mouse
    Alienware M5 Standard Size Mouse
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    Alienware M51 Standard Keyboard
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    54.0 MBPS
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roy69

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#6
Nice post,

a couple of extra things to note.

1. Placement of the tower, dont leave it on the window ledge. When the sun shines through the window it will cook your PC. (Yes some people do place it there).

2. Dont leave it on the floor. This will clog your computer up in no time and if you have a front fan that takes its airflow from under the case you will restrict the airflow.
 

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    creative x-fi
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    2 x 500G HD (SATA) 1 x 2TB USB
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    Corsair HX 620W ATX2.2 Modular SLI Complient PSU
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    Antec 900 Ultimate Gaming Case
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    3 x 80mm tri led front, 120mm side 120mm back, 200mm top
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    Technika TKOPTM2
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    Logik
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truthkid

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#7
The Zalman 9700 is also a good CPU cooler. I just installed it on my new machine with Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound and it keeps my Q9550 pretty darn cool. I can post a temp when I get home if someone would like me to do so.
Yeah I got the Zalman 9700 in my tower at home, the thing is a beast. I knew it was big but didn't expect it to be that huge when I got it.
 

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    Sager NG2096
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    Intel P8700
    Memory
    4 Gigs
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    9600M GT
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    Samsung PN50A550
    Screen Resolution
    Primary 1680 X 1050, Secondary 1920 X 1080
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    Logitech MX Revolution
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    Satalite :-(
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JimJoe

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#8
Besides cleaning the computer, making sure fans aren't blocked, I find having an air-conditioner running helps cool the computer and myself as well.

A hot room wont cool the computer off.
 

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    Vizio 21" tv
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    1920x1080 resolution
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    1 terabyte sata in 1 partition
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    fans that came with it
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    basic USB
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    basic USB
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Tarka Dal

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#9
The Zalman 9700 is also a good CPU cooler. I just installed it on my new machine with Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound and it keeps my Q9550 pretty darn cool. I can post a temp when I get home if someone would like me to do so.
Doesn't that cooler rack up a noise of 35db
Toxico-PC Hardware Reviews - Zalman CNPS-9700LED
(NOISEY!)

Whereas this thing is dirt cheap and is dead quite at 19db and does the job as good as the ultimate air coolers(Sssshhhh)
Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Socket 775, AM2, AM2+, 939 Processor Cooler - Ebuyer or
Arctic Cooling
Only drawback it is air cooled!


Best tankfan is
http://www.comwales.com/eshop/product.php?productid=95946
These suckers blow!


:party: CHECK IT OUT!

Hey my 150th post
 
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System One

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    Custom Built
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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 St
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    Asus STRIKER EXTREME 680I SLI
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    Corsair 4GB Kit (4x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory
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    Point Of View 8800GT 512MB GDD
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    Soundmax 5.1
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    Samsung 46"
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    1080P
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    1x WD Raptor WD360ADFD 36GB SATA 10KRPM 16MB Cache
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    Coolermaster 600W
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    Coolermaster nVidia
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    Arctic Cooling Extreme
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    MS Wireless Laser mouse 8000
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    MS Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 7000
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truthkid

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#10
The Zalman has a fan controller, I can't hear it inside my case
 

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    Intel P8700
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    9600M GT
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    Samsung PN50A550
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    Primary 1680 X 1050, Secondary 1920 X 1080
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    Logitech MX Revolution
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    Satalite :-(
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Location
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#11
The Zalman 9700 is also a good CPU cooler. I just installed it on my new machine with Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound and it keeps my Q9550 pretty darn cool. I can post a temp when I get home if someone would like me to do so.
Doesn't that cooler rack up a noise of 35db
Toxico-PC Hardware Reviews - Zalman CNPS-9700LED
(NOISEY!)

It can be noisey. Especially if you turn the fan up all the way, but it does have a variable speed controller that you can physically adjust yourself. The only time I actually max it out is when I want to see how low I can get my temps while the cpu is under high loads. Other than that I keep it pretty low and it does an awesome job, and you can hardly hear it (especially with an Antec 1200 case ;)).

~Tipher
 

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    Custom
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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz
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    EVGA 780i FTW
    Memory
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    Dual BFG 8800gt OC 512MB in SLI
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB
    PSU
    Antec CP-850 (850 Watts)
    Case
    Antec 1200
    Cooling
    ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm
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    Razer Deathadder
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    Razer Lycosa Mirror Ed.
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ripbox

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#12
have any of you seen this?
Asetek VapoChill XE II

Asetek VapoChill XE II - Refrigerated PC Case Review - Peripheral Reviews - TrustedReviews

Im sur if you can afford something as expensive as this and don't mind looking at a super ugly case then this is the cooling solution for you :p
although i suppose if the looks of that case puts you off and you don't mind hacking up you beloved case all in aid of super cooling you could go for the refrigerated ad-on mod

http://www.asetek.com - VapoChill LightSpeed [LS]
 

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    Me :P
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    Core 2 Quad Q6600
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    Abit IN9 32X MAX
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    8 GB OCZ PC2-6400 nVIDIA SLI-Ready Edition (4X2GB)
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    AMP! GeForce GTX 260² 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 (650MHz/2100MHz
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    Realtek 7.1 CH HD Audio
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    17" Fujitsu siemens TFT + 32" LG HD LCD TV
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    1280x1024 + 1360x768
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    150GB Raptor HDD
    500GB Caviar HDD
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    Thermaltake W0133RB 1200W PSU
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    Antec 900
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    Stock + Antec 900 case fans
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    Logitech MX Revolution
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    Logitech G15 (full layout)

Tarka Dal

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#13
have any of you seen this?
Asetek VapoChill XE II

Asetek VapoChill XE II - Refrigerated PC Case Review - Peripheral Reviews - TrustedReviews

Im sur if you can afford something as expensive as this and don't mind looking at a super ugly case then this is the cooling solution for you :p
although i suppose if the looks of that case puts you off and you don't mind hacking up you beloved case all in aid of super cooling you could go for the refrigerated ad-on mod

http://www.asetek.com - VapoChill LightSpeed [LS]

Overpriced by £300. Try and find a Refridgerator specialist and offer him £250 he'd jump at the chance...

Sorry if I seem a little negative...
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 G0 St
    Motherboard
    Asus STRIKER EXTREME 680I SLI
    Memory
    Corsair 4GB Kit (4x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 XMS2 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    Point Of View 8800GT 512MB GDD
    Sound Card
    Soundmax 5.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 46"
    Screen Resolution
    1080P
    Hard Drives
    1x WD Raptor WD360ADFD 36GB SATA 10KRPM 16MB Cache
    1x WD Raptor WD740DFD 74GB SATA 10KRPM 16MB Cache
    PSU
    Coolermaster 600W
    Case
    Coolermaster nVidia
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooling Extreme
    Mouse
    MS Wireless Laser mouse 8000
    Keyboard
    MS Wireless Entertainment Keyboard 7000
    Internet Speed
    1.2mb & 10mb

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