Hello there. Basicly, Its a computer from a few years ago. my older one
Which is a P4 3.0Ghz Roasting hot prescott that loves to be @ 80Degs even though it has a zalman installed, It was installed by the people who repaired it before ,and since then have had on and off issues over the years and currently it works fine, Despite running at over 85Degs CPU after an hour.
The case needs a replacment PSU. I am looking for a PSU that would be suitable for this PC. it has 1.5GB ram (over 2slots) and has a gfx card that replaced the poor one it came with.
What i was trying to do was remove the Zalman cooling which was on the CPU as the copper fins were barely warm despite the heat. And since its been about 3years + since it was done. I wanted to clean and reapply the paste.
However, I cant get the thing off. They are 2 small black screws that look like are removed by Allen Keys. Hoever. They do not. I had a whole range of allen keys and its in-between sizes. But looks like a 6 faced Star shape
I figure I need a specail tool to get these off. Once I can reapply paste and if the temperature drops
THEN I wish to replace the PSU and buy some case fans and get this puppy rolling for my partner. Its over-spec'd what she needs to do, but money is tight. Can anyone help with this? (I presume someone can - Had brilliant support off this site and advise over the years).
Its just a AGP Gfx card, nothing too beefy- doesnt need its own power connector. About th zalman, it does have heat pipes. but the fins appear the same colour. Im going to have a good look at the screw but its really hard to tell, its almost round. Like an Allen key though as i can make out tiny corners. Its held down by 2 screws however these are part of 4arms that lock in place.
The screws are not badly badly worn, but the allen keys were slighty worn too. Im almost certain your right about it coming with Allen Key screws now. If I could just order that size and use it to unscrew (If i knew the size) it would be better off trying that before buying £20 of those screw removers (thats a last resort). Im not certain how they are used either, with a drill?
Thanks to a neoighbour who had a few spare random sizes, ONE WORKED! Im now in the process of unscrewing so that big issue is over
Im gonna reapply paste, clean all that up. And get the thing turned on, if I get temp drop, Ill report back, if not, I'll ask about that
When I get the PC back on I'll also get a propper list of the specs, So can work out what an ideal PSU replacement would be and i think im also after 2 x Case fans, and a Sata cable. But they are easy enough to buy.
Well, that was most of the problem. the CPU temp, and that one end of the sata cable was demaged.
I had installed Win7 on machine, CPU sometimes spikes to 50when busy, but within seconds is back down to 35ish. I ordered some case fans, and a replacement sata, Sorry I've not been able to get the specs for the PC.
But the PC is a P4 system really. The GFX is AGP and doesnt have any extra power connectors. The PSU is out of an older machine, however it does say "FOR PENTIUM 4 Computers on the back of it).
Be sure to check those CPU temps using Core Temp or HWMonitor. Different programs will vary 5-10C, and these two programs agree and are... the standard, there we go, the word escaped me for a min. Use one of them, they give the standard temp we all use to gauge with. http://www.cpuid.com/hwmonitor.php
I forgot to mention, Im from the UK (I usually use Ebuyer to get parts)
I have another question for you if you dont mind? You've been a brilliant help.
my main computer has a AMD Phenom II X3 720. I use just the stock cooler. Im getting temps about 50 after been playing a game for a good few hours.
Thats pretty decent, But I do want to get rid of the stock cooling and try to get heat vented out the side vent (which doesnt have a fan on it, also the stock cooling is quite noisey compared to the BeQuiet Case fans I have in there).
I was looking at this: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176157
Which seems like a real good bargain, and compatabile. my concern is, Can I chose which way I want it mounted (as with the zalman issue I just had, It couldnt be moved due to a rectanular mount). As to direct air either towards to back or side of the case (the case has an intake fan, and outtake fan (PSU fan, which sucks out) the other 2fans are the CPU fan and GFX card fan which just blow air around the case I presume.
Im looking for a cooler for the above processer anyway. Any that you beleive is a good choice I will look at. I dont do overclocking. Its all at stock setup. I dont know how to overclock to be hoesnt, But I do play quite a few games. and I do a lot of downloading and soon probably a lot of encoding too, which is CPU intensive. But my main reason for wanting a cooler better than stock is just to get more longer life out the PC.
If you get a cube shaped cooler that can have the fan mounted on all 4 sides, yes.... I can't say I've seen any of those though. The orientation of the heatsink is going to be limited to the one axis because of the rectangular hole placement on the board.
You could get a top-down cooler, but those don't cool the CPU as well.
You could get a cooler that replaces the entire mounting bracket, but I think those don't give you the kind of flexibility you want.
Otherwise I think that's a good choice you have. Akasa makes something similar as I recall. http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/AKASA-Nero-V2-multi-plat...
That one would cool a bit better than the AC you linked, but costs a bit more as well. You probably need thermal grease as well with this one, while the AC freezer comes with a thermal pad pre-applied... makes installation easier.
I think i may of lost you there, Im talking about my main PC now, and that cooler. Unless (Ive got confused myself?).
The case fans are all used up in my main PC that I want the CPU cooler for.
That water cooler is quite nice, I was looking at that today, although dearer. It suggests mounting it to the back of the case, I already have a be quiet fan there drawing out out, and the setup suggests pulling air INTo the case to cool the system.
Since I have an inny in the front, and a outy in the back. Im not sure how this would work without messing up my air flow (if it could be mounted to the much smaller side fan mount, or near the grill located near the gfx card also on the side.
I've been at this while tired too much lately You can setup the airflow either way with the Corsair. In fact, I have heard it said by several that they would rather not dump the warmer air inside the case.
If you are using a high powered GPU dumping lots of hot air into the case, don't vent that out through the little rad.
If the largest heat source is your CPU and that heat is all going to the rad anyway, it seems reasonable to use that vent as an exhaust.
Maybe that's a bit confusing but I double-checked it and I made sense
Just an idea. You could sandwich the radiator between the two fans.
I think ill probbaly give that cooler a miss, since I dont want to be taking out my case fans, and its too big to sit on the side of the case near the smaller case fan mount. I dont use a madly overclocked system, Everything is at default.