Well, all today (why I haven't been on), i've been cleaning my room...
...mad I know, but this rooms very dusty, and after seeing the front intake fan clogged up, I decided to do something about it.
Well, the rooms dust free now, and whats better is the temps have gone down in the room, so its now 27 degrees C.
Onto the great news.
I found a way of getting to the front intake 120mm fan, and i cleaned it up.
I then after reading a bit about air flow control, switched the polarity around, so this fan was now blowing the hot air out of the case, while the one 80mm fan at the back (which was a blow fan) became an intake fan.
I then got the hard drive cooler which I decided not to use again, and placed this horizontally near the intake/blower fan of the PSU to direct hot air up and out. This seems to work well to.
After doing all that, and also clearing the trays I didn't need in the hard drive bays to not restrict the air:
The CPU now idles at 42-43 degrees C (System temp - 36 degrees C - PWM - 37 degrees C - Room temp - 27 degrees C)
Yes, you saw that right. Alot better than my 48-50's I was getting idle before.
I even ran a test by switching the polarity of the front 120mm blow fan, back to an intake, and do you know what?
The CPU went back up the 48-50 degrees C, and the system got a bit hotter too, and its been like that for aggeess
Unusual or what?
Whats more, the PC's running quieter since the CPU fan is now spinning at 1980RPM and still keeping it very very cool compared to the 4000-5000 odd RPM is was spinning at previously!
Now how goods that for just a switch of polarity, and a spot of cleaning?
I'm still getting the Arctic Freezer 64 PRO though to cool it down even more, and may then overclock (depends really). Plus I'm going to get 2 intake 80mm fans for the back (has 1 at the moment) which are going to be quieter models.
I should then have an almost silent PC
The only sound thats annoying me is the higher pitched 80mm back fan than the rest.
I let the fan speed of the CPU increase using this program to the full 3280RPM, and it only cooled down the CPU another 1 degree, and so didn't make much difference at all. So I think I'll stick with it a bit quieter.
All I need now is 2x 80mm case fans that are very quiet, yet powerful. Any suggestions?
I thought maybe this?
Sorry for long post...