I'm putting a system together that will be routinely subjected to high temperatures,80 degrees+. It is for midrange gaming to pair with an existing 9800GT. Anyone have any recommendations for a cpu/mobo that will be able to handle high temps well without locking up? (additional details below)
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month
BUDGET RANGE: ~$200
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mid Range Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, powersupply, RAM, video card, optical drive, case
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com has always done me right
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD or Intel, don't care which
OVERCLOCKING: No, because of the heat constraints this system will be under
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, as I already have a 9800GT to pair it with
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Has to be able to run in a warm environment, 80-90 degrees.
Well I had a guy from Home Depot come out and give me a "man-cave" estimate (redoing my garage with tiled flooring, fancy wall-hanging cabinets, even a fridge & TV lounge area) for the measly sum of around $15K. Not that I was interested, since I prefer my "office" (where I have a plasma TV, PS3 & AV 7.1 setup - sure get lots o' work done in there ). But the guy ambushed me in the plumbing aisle during one of my weak moments, and I hadda sign up for the sales pitch just to get rid of him .
Anyway, I'm actually interested in the cooling aspect here because I had sound-insulated my office and now all that electronic stuff heats it up a bit much during the spring & summer. Particularly that plasma TV - you can feel the heat radiating off of it from a couple feet away. I'm planning on a gaming build myself real soon and am considering trying watercooling since I also have a fancy desk with a cubby for a midtower case, with front & back doors for passthrough air cooling, but it's already too warm in there plus leaving the doors open is just asking for my 3-yr-old son to wreak havoc.
Anybody know if there are waterblocks or water cooling kits out yet for the 480, seeing how new it is? I'd imagine the GPU and memory would have to be cooled, but that would make it nearly silent I guess. Plus I could use really long tubing and run the heat exchanger to the outside of the house. I know long tubing causes more flow resistance, but that could be counteracted with larger diameter tubing..
I live in Austin TX and summer highs avg around 95'F+ ... I don't "DO" air-conditioning ... my central blower went out 4 years ago and I took of my clothes and openned the windows (insert image here) ....
I do live on the 7th floor and my neighbors (and common hall) AC bleeds-in enough (with the hi-rise breeze) to make it about ~84'F+/-5'F (avg ambient) ...
... Is that gonna be a " big " problem, for my 930/212+(OC)? ... "How" bad is that gonna