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Fan Recommendations please

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by Double07, 19 Jan 2006.

  1. Double07

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,377

    Location: Scotland

    I am trying to work out how to reduce CPU temp in my case and have decided I need to purchase a new case fan and CPU fan (at least).

    I have a 3.0Ghz Prescott P4 (not overclocked)
    Coolermaster Centurion 530 case with 120mm intake fan.
    80mm exhaust fan
    Standard Intel P4 fan that comes in retail boxed CPU.

    Now when I leave my PC off for a few hours then switch it on the CPU temp can be as low as 45C but within minutes this is up to around 65C. The longer its on the hotter it gets. It was much worse but the new case helped a bit.

    I have posted something similar and as a result I have purchased some Arctic Silver 5 (although not used it yet) and am now about to order case and CPU fans.

    I was looking at either the Akasa Amber or the YS Tech 120mm fans and wondered if there is any real difference (about same price). Also not really sure what CPU fan to go for, looked at Arctic Cooling Freezer 4 but not really sure. Price is a factor (looking at about 10er for fan and 20 for CPU fan).

    Any comments appreciated. Also I would be interested to know what temp people think my system should be running at (obviously this depends on other factors such as airflow, ambient temp, etc but any comments again welcomed as curios) as when I try to convert avi to VCD or some similar video task it can goto above 80C which is obviously VERY high.

    Well rant over and any comments appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. flipside

    Gangster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2005

    Posts: 111

    Ok yea the Arctic Cooling is always a good choice, especially for the money. And yes get an Akasa Amber, I have one as my exhaust/radiator fan and its sweet. Got it for £6 almost new as well :) It pushes a lot of air for the noise and is very under-voltable...
     
  3. clone

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Jul 2003

    Posts: 6,136

    Location: Telford//west mids

    Cut some 120mm fan holes in your case.
     
  4. Double07

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jan 2006

    Posts: 1,377

    Location: Scotland

    Cant say i would really have a clue how to cut the holes in the case. Ill get the new stuff and see how that goes then take it from there.

    Thanks
     
  5. flipside

    Gangster

    Joined: 22 Nov 2005

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    I just read that temp, 80 is damn high, the heatsink may need to be reseated with some of that arctic silver...
     
  6. clone

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Jul 2003

    Posts: 6,136

    Location: Telford//west mids

    Speaking of arctic silver has it got a shelf life? ive had mine for 2yrs now.
     
  7. Mikey1280

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    Joined: 1 Jan 2006

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    Location: South East London

    i have the coolermaster centurion 532 (essentially the same as the 530), I have a 120mm at the front, a 120mm akasa amber at the back which works well. If you want more cooling say for the gfx card you can mount an 80mm fan on the side panel at the grill using a few cable ties.