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August 8, 2006 5:35:51 AM

I have a new 3800 X2 which is one of the toledos, and I've been experimenting with overclocking. I was finding that my room was getting quite warm. I'm in the basement of an airconditioned house, so it is usually quite cool. So I set the 3800 back to stock, but I still had the same problem, and my temperatures only dropped a few degrees. Right now I'm running at 2.4 and my idle temp is 35C.

My question is, is there a way to reduce the heat output of my computer? Lowering the clocks didn't help too much at all.

Speedfan shows one of my temperatures (temp3) rising really quickly to 48-50, and then drop once the stress is gone (ie prime95) to about 28C.
Could my system be too much for my psu, and could this cause excess heat?

I thought about applying AS5 to my northbridge fan, but I guess that would just cool the chip faster, while leaving me with the same amount of heat in the case exhaust.

I might try putting my single core athlon64 back in, and see how quickly my room heats up.

Any other suggestions?

Maybe I'm just going crazy :o 

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August 8, 2006 5:55:23 AM

haha I like your signature quote.

Its not that small! But I will be moving into a smaller room in september, so I'm trying to prepare.
August 8, 2006 6:09:54 AM

Asides from the cpu, ram, n/b and graphics card, the PSU gives off lots of heat as well, so yeah get some air moving in that room. I used to have the same delima as my room is only about 2x10' (I think) , until I got a nice circulating fan and cool down the room again.
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August 8, 2006 8:13:12 AM

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Asides from the cpu, ram, n/b and graphics card, the PSU gives off lots of heat as well, so yeah get some air moving in that room. I used to have the same delima as my room is only about 2x10' (I think) , until I got a nice circulating fan and cool down the room again.
Gee Chuck, that's a pretty narrow room. Sounds more like a closet. :wink:
August 8, 2006 9:04:43 AM

Well my Prescott gets pretty toasty, and it gets my room also toasty, but we have air conditioning in our house so it's a lot cooler in the summer. In the winter, you'll be glad you have your computer on. Last year I never turned on the heat once, my room was always at a nice 20 degrees C.
August 8, 2006 9:28:02 AM

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Asides from the cpu, ram, n/b and graphics card, the PSU gives off lots of heat as well, so yeah get some air moving in that room. I used to have the same delima as my room is only about 2x10' (I think) , until I got a nice circulating fan and cool down the room again.
Gee Chuck, that's a pretty narrow room. Sounds more like a closet. :wink:

oops what I mean is 12x10', a standard one person room. :oops: 
August 8, 2006 10:10:47 AM

Two words

Water cooling

It would eliminate heat output considerably.
August 8, 2006 10:22:04 AM

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Two words

Water cooling

It would eliminate heat output considerably.
The heat still has to be carried away from the rad...the processor still pumps out the same heat energy, it just gets carried away from the core faster. So W/C isn't going to lower the temp in a small room, is it? :?
August 8, 2006 10:43:40 AM

It would be better than air cooling
August 8, 2006 11:39:15 AM

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Try ducting to an open window if you're really concerned.


You do need a hole for the duct on the side of your case tho.

maybe adapting some kind of funnel and place the duct at the back of the computer (not directly attached). Or put one of those exhaust fans at the wall near the ceiling blowing hot air out. On winter you can turn off and use the heat from your computer :p 
August 8, 2006 12:01:35 PM

The house is air conditioned, but not the basement. Maybe you could rig something up with the air conditioning and some tubing?
August 8, 2006 2:03:07 PM

I tried a similar mod on an old 2500+ frankenstein machine of mine. I took the adapter to go from a duct to a floor vent for a camper and placed it on the back of the rig over the 2 exhaust fans and the PS exhaust using JB Weld. I then ran a duct into the garage using flex duct. I also made a cooling duct out of 3" pvc pipe and an 80mm fan superglue to the side of the case through a hole that I made using a hole saw that I borrowed from my dad. Cheap and ugle, but a very effective OC monster :p 
August 8, 2006 4:33:46 PM

My northbridge seems to run pretty hot. Asus probe shows the motherboard at 37C. My northbridge feels warm, if not hot. When I stop the fan on my northbridge, I dont notice the temperature of the motherboard in asus probe rise.

But again, I feel like if I get better cooling, all it will do it is get the heat into my room faster!
August 8, 2006 5:42:09 PM

There isn't much you can do about the heat in your room and 35C to 50C is going to be quite normal (idle to load), very good actually.

What I did was stick my tower on my desk so that the exhausts at the back of the computer were up against the open window hoping that the hot air would leave the room immediately. Kinda works.
August 9, 2006 2:52:02 AM

Are there any settings I can change that would reduce the load on my northbridge?
August 9, 2006 3:04:29 AM

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Are there any settings I can change that would reduce the load on my northbridge?

nope. Maybe disabling things you dont use like......... uh...... sata ports, or on board audio if you dont use, on board sata raid. But i'm not sure if that would really disable the device and save power/heat.
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