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Old 01-26-2007, 08:30 PM   #1
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Ok, so i bought the antec 1080 plus amg server case back in 2003 for my intel socket 478 case, and when i upgraded to 939 i kept this as one of my cases, the issue is that its seems to keep heat inside the case no matter what the ambient temp is. i have the front door of the case taken off, all the 5.25 inch bay cover taken off (3 out 4) and both the side doors are off, the case cant be wired much better than it is realistically speaking, everything is clean (no dust i made sure) i've changed the thermal paste too. but my temps idle at CPU:42 MOBO: 38 GPU: 54 AMBIENT: 40

here are some pics to drive my madness across to you guys:





i have the stock heatsink and fan, and i really do not want to use something that would end up voiding my warranty in case something happens to the cpu.
HEre are my specs:
amd 4800+ 2.4 (stock)
asus a8n32sli-dlx
550 watt antec true power 2.0 psu
6800gt single slot card (evga 512 mb)
2 gb ocz 2-3-2-5 ddr 400 ram (stock speeds)
raptor 74 gigs
samsung shitty ass drive

and here is where i think things are going wrong:
i only have 3 fans running on the system
2 80mm stock fans in the back, they cant even blow away a thin light reciept paper when i put it right up to the fans.
1 80mm tri speed antec fan in the bottom front as an intake.

My goal is to bring these temps down by about 5-10 degrees

i was thinking of buying these fans let me know if you have used or know anything about them:
vantec tornado

please comment, thanks.
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:47 PM   #2
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i would suggest getting a new cpu cooler if lower cpu temps is what you want. and an ambient of 40 with cpu temps of 42 isnt bad at all. but ambient 40 is kinda high.
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Old 01-27-2007, 07:22 AM   #3
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i would suggest getting a new cpu cooler if lower cpu temps is what you want. and an ambient of 40 with cpu temps of 42 isnt bad at all. but ambient 40 is kinda high.
so do you think that 55.2 dBA per fan would be too high?

also which fan controllers do you guys recommend, so far the one i've liked is the zalman:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813999251
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Do you realise that you will get better airflow with the panels on etc?
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:28 AM   #5
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Do you realise that you will get better airflow with the panels on etc?
thats actually incorrect in this case seeing as how the fans i have suck and they cant move air at all so when i close the case the heat just stays there and temps go up to 60 C for cpu and 45 for mobo.
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Old 01-27-2007, 08:34 AM   #6
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thats actually incorrect in this case seeing as how the fans i have suck and they cant move air at all so when i close the case the heat just stays there and temps go up to 60 C for cpu and 45 for mobo.
so get some new fans
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A few tips
1. If you get a CPU cooler get a artice freezer one.
2. Get better higher end fans
3. Cleaning up your wires could drop temps by as much as 2 to 3 C
4. Maybe consider getting a better case, Aero Cool cases are amazingly cool.
5. Ensure that your CPU is installed correctly, i'd try to reapplying AS5 and ensure you do it correctly.
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thats actually incorrect in this case seeing as how the fans i have suck and they cant move air at all so when i close the case the heat just stays there and temps go up to 60 C for cpu and 45 for mobo.
So get some new fans, or turn some around so they blow, just mess about with it till you get a good configuration
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It could be that the fans are pointed in the wrong direction.
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Old 01-27-2007, 10:11 AM   #10
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yeah it has to be the fans (they're installed correctly) they're just really weak. the thing is i dont want to spend more money on a new case. thats why im considering those tornado fans by vantec.

the material for this case is like really thick metal, which i thought was pretty cool when i bought the case like 3.5 years ago, but now it just consumes heat and allows zero dissipation.
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Buy a new cpu cooler man, and try to get some 120mm in there, if they fit. I have one 120mm in the back of mine, and a 120mm in the front, the fan in the front sucks in air and the one in the back blows air out.
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Buy a new cpu cooler man, and try to get some 120mm in there, if they fit. I have one 120mm in the back of mine, and a 120mm in the front, the fan in the front sucks in air and the one in the back blows air out.
yeah thats exactly what im trying to do, i think ill take off the two 80mm fans and their holders, and ill just attach a 120mm fan instead, its a really tight fit i checked but it will fit inside the case, im thinking about doing that in the front too, maybe ill take off the front cover and just place 120mm fans on the outside of the case front to blow air in.
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no no, LOOK AT HIS AMBIENT TEMPS. Then look at his cpu temps. There is NO WAY the cpu will go under ambient with conventional air/water cooling. You will need phase to get it under ambient. So right now, your job is to lower ambient temps. Turn down the thermostat or what not.
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I would suggest getting some ROUND 40 cables instead of those flat ones I see in the pic. That could help with airflow along with the other suggestions.

EDIT - Your intake fan is at the bottom. Sometimes there is not enough space from the tower to whatever it is on to provide adequate supply of intake air. Try to get some more space under it. Also adding fans to the front of the case would be great. Newegg has an awesome deal on fans right now, buy in bulk. 10 = $12 with free shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835150007

Ownage also has a good point about the Ambient temps.
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Hey if your still thinking about buying the Vantec Tornado case fan let me tell you it will freeze your case temps. My GPU temp was at 77C idle and my CPU was at 55C at idle. :-( Now my GPU temp is at 55C idle and my CPU temp is at 37C at idle. I have to warn you though.. get a fan controller for the Vantech Tornado case fan because it is loud... I am waiting for my fan controller to come in so it is not running at full speed the whole time... X-P Oh well it cools things down alot as you can see!
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I remember when I had a couple of Tornado's on my cpu cooler lol. It sounded like a hairdryer was inside my case, I couldn't stand it. I wish I got a fan controller now that I think of it.
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