I recently had a mini-ITX computer pre-built by a small company in California, called mitxpc.com . It is a very small machine! Here are the components:
CPU: Core i5-2500s (65 W)
case: universal m350
ram: 2 gb ddr3
hdd: an old old 100 gig drive which gives off as much heat as the big bang possibly did when it happened.
Power supply: pico SU
fan: Includes a case fan at the front, also a CPU heatsink. The hard drive is suspended above tnhe processor.
My concern lies with the temperature of this thing. At idle, the CPU is in the low-mid 50s, and when pushed with prime 95 this goes into the 80s.
I really don't know what to do. It is one small case for sure, so I doubt air circulation could much improve. Also, because the heatsink is also small (30 mm fans), getting an aftermarket cooler would also be a challenge. Any suggestions? I'm not sure what paste/other things they used..
There's a few things to try. You could replace the HDD with a cooler/faster SSD for one. With a 62mm tall case, you're very limited on heatsinks. For a CPU heatsink replacement that might outperform the Intel stock, here are some ideas:
1) See if you can't replace the 100gb hard drive with a SSD. It will greatly improve your performance. It will generate no important heat and will be silent.
Any "old" 100gb drive will likely be a poor performet.
2) Do not be overly worried about cpu heat. It tales about 95c before throttling will occur.
3) The Intel stock cooler is decent, and should generate some air circulation. Is that what you are using?
wow! Thanks everyone for the quick responses, I truly appreciate them.
I would get an SSD, used to actually have one before (OCZ Vertex 2) but the thing kept failing upon boot and was terrible! Sadly I couldn't even return it, because I don't have the boxing of it anymore. That certainly scared me away from ssds for sure! lol
Would be curious to see what people think of both.
I did check out those coolers, thanks @rwpritchett for the list. I suppose my only concern is that the hard drive is right above the cooler as it is right now, and looking at the product details pages, if it's barely touching the fans now with a 30 MM cooler, I think the hd would be directly touching the blades with a 40 MM one. Sigh.
@geofelt what do you mean by the 95 degree limit? I thought your processor starts to "degrade" after 75 or so (and thus pushing it to mid-80s causes slow and painful death to it) lol.