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Move Dell components into other case?


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#1 CoDLunaCh!ck

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 06:29 PM

I am starting to get concerned about my new Dell Dimension 8400 getting hot, doesn't seem to be much in the way of airflow. The whole Intel processor is all new to me...usually an AMD chick, but I got a good deal. Anyway...would it void my warrantee if I put mobo, dvd, & HDD etc. into a different case with more fans to improve airflow? Has anyone else done this? Just curious.

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 07:45 PM

I don't know if it would void Dell's warranty or not (although I think it well might!), but if you were going to do all that anyway why didn't you assemble your own machine in the first place?

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Posted 16 May 2005 - 09:49 PM

Um...good point and well taken! I have built a couple, but I got a great deal...paid $900.00 on a PC woth almost $3,00.00. I suppose I could put a 120mm fan in the side.

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 06:20 AM

It would be a lot easier to add some fans rather than moving everything but I'm sure your aware of that. And it would definitely void your warranty.

Have you seen the fans that fit into a PCI slot and draw power from the PSU? Do you have any temperature monitoring software? What are the temps like as it is now?

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 06:29 AM

I have a fan that plugs into a PCI slot, but I had it in my old e-machines and it made the audio crack (heard the fan rythym in the music!) I suppose I could try it in my Dell though and see what happens. I have Motherboard Monitor installed, but it's NOT giving me any temps. Anyone know of any other freeware I can try to check my temps without having to go into the BIOS?

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 06:33 AM

I've seen a couple of members mention SpeedFan lately but I haven't tried it myself.

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Posted 17 May 2005 - 06:51 AM

Home Edition gives you values like the small sample following, although you have to intentionally look at its open page to see it. It isn't in the form of an "alert" that will come up over another program. I Also notice it isn't picking up the two additional fans I installed (have 4)


Field Value
Tsystem 45 C (113 F)
Field Value
Tcpu 61 C (142 F)
Field Value
Taux 38 C (100 F)

Field Value
Temperatures
Field Value
Motherboard 50 C (122 F)
Field Value
Sensor Properties
Sensor Type Winbond W83627HF (ISA 290h)
Motherboard Name Abit IC7 / IS7 Series

Temperatures
Motherboard 52 C (126 F)
CPU 59 C (138 F)
Aux 39 C (102 F)
Maxtor 6E040L0 42 C (108 F)

Cooling Fans
CPU 5273 RPM
North Bridge 5625 RPM

Voltage Values
CPU Core 1.36 V
+3.3 V 3.26 V
+5 V 5.00 V
+12 V 12.04 V
+5 V Standby 4.92 V
VBAT Battery 3.31 V
DIMM 2.61 V
DIMM VTT 1.30 V
AGP VDDQ 1.55 V




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