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#1 May 21 2009 at 5:06 PM Rating: Decent
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To all you geeky computer nerds out there who build their own machines.

I need some help, the fan and heatsink that came with my AMD socket AM2 CPU (not overclocked) can't handle the warmer temperatures. I don't have AC and my room is 83 degrees right now. The room will remain around that temperature and probably higher as the weather warms up. Currently my fan is running at full speed, or at least 90%. I've tried taking the fan off and cleaning out the dust as best as I could, but its still not up for the task. I just got out of dusty college dorm living, but the apartment I'm in is still pretty dusty. I clean the floors and surfaces but I don't think the dust is going away anytime soon.

Anyways, I'm looking for a good quality fan that is quiet and can handle a dusty environment, or at least can be cleaned with some compressed air. I'd like to keep it under 30 bucks. I was thinking of getting a thermaltake, has anyone had good experiences with them?
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#2 May 21 2009 at 5:08 PM Rating: Decent
Check out Mwave.com. I've found them to be cheaper than Newegg.com. Look first on Newegg for the customer reviews but buy from which ever is cheaper.
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No plain fan will save your PC from those temperatures, get a window AC near your PC or switch to liquid cooling.
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#5 May 21 2009 at 5:13 PM Rating: Decent
I've heard of people taking the case off the tower and placing a regular fan to blow cool air on the mother board but I wouldn't suggest it.
#6 May 21 2009 at 5:28 PM Rating: Excellent
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Thermaltake fans tend to be loud. You probably want this one given the environment you describe, but check your socket type to ensure it will fit. http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=202848518&listingid=2826563&dcaid=17902

How many fans does your case have in it, are there any mounting spaces for more, and is the top if your case and or the side panel of your case a flat, featureless aluminum surface suitable for installing an additional fan using a hole saw, and a drill while exercising extreme caution?
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#7 May 21 2009 at 5:32 PM Rating: Good
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Man...the fan in my computer when it starts sounds like a turbine engine or something. @#%^in loud as @#%^.
#8 May 21 2009 at 5:37 PM Rating: Good
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Put dry ice inside the case at the bottom. It'll keep everything cool and give a foggy smoke to go with the flashing neon lights on your case.
#9 May 21 2009 at 5:54 PM Rating: Good
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How many fans does your case have in it, are there any mounting spaces for more, and is the top if your case and or the side panel of your case a flat, featureless aluminum surface suitable for installing an additional fan using a hole saw, and a drill while exercising extreme caution?


The case is rosewill and comes with three fans.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147037

There is one large fan in the back and one in the front. The front is an intake and the rear is an exhaust. If you look, the case comes with a sort of channel for air to reach the CPU fan. I suppose I could install an additional fan there. I know my way around tools, so thats not a problem. There seems to be enough space for a larger CPU fan if I remove the channel.
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#10 May 21 2009 at 6:19 PM Rating: Excellent
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That case is about the worst possible case on the market from an airflow standard. The CPU cooler I linked should help, but someday you'll want to consider a better case.
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#11 May 21 2009 at 6:36 PM Rating: Good
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*sigh* In a few years I'll have enough money to buy quality equipment, until then I'll make due.
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No plain fan will save your PC from those temperatures

False.


That case is about the worst possible case on the market from an airflow standard.


Yeah, not really. I'd say it's about average.

It'd help (a lot) to know what the actual CPU was. There's a wide range of possible reasons you're having issues at relatively low ambient temperatures. The stock AMD coolers are really pretty effective, you're not going to see much (if at all) of an upgrade with a cheap aftermarket one.

What you should do, before you waste money on a new cooler or case is buy a $5 tube of decent thermal paste and some $2 alcohol swaps and take the cooler off and clean the existing paste off, and re-apply the new thermal paste. Fortunately this is pretty trivial to do with the AM2 stock cooler, unlike the idiotic 775 stock cooler's plastic pin disaster.

Do that first, and post what the CPU actually is.

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