I've got enough heat generators in my PC that's it's a virtual OVEN.
I knew this was going to be the case the day I built it three years ago.
I just didn't put the left side panel on. In fact, I'm not sure where the right side panel is either.
With that side panel OFF, I can see and hear my cooling fans and when they start catching dust, I clean them.
One of the greatest heat generators in the whole PC is the 7200rpm hard drives (x2).
You can cook your lunch on one that's working hard and not being properly cooled.
I'm kind of a developemental Engineer and I worked for a while and wasted some money on the HD heating problem before I came up with a workable solution.Here's
what I finally came up with.
The little brass standoffs are absolutely mandatory for proper air flow.
Now with the little coolers properly installed on both of my HD's, the drives and the whole inside of my PC stay at room temperature.
My AMD 3000+ CPU (slightly overclocked) is adaquately cooled by the OEM cooler that came with it. It does, however, get a thorough cleaning and oiling about three to four times a year.
The success of proper PC operation depends on "Maintenance".
I just took a little Compaq desktop computer in on trade. The CPU heat sink is completely packed with dirt.
It's going to get removed and washed. That's the only way to really get it clean. The little fan will be carefully cleaned by hand and re-lubricated before reinstalling.
Every week someone posts a thread like this one on one forum or another.
AMD processors that are properly installed and cooled, just never overheat. Period.
I just now laid my finger on my own CPU heatsink and it's only slightly warm to the touch.
Good Luck and Happy Computing,
Edited by The Shadow, 02 June 2006 - 03:00 PM.