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I have just built a cube system using the Antec Aria case. All is working fine but I am a bit disturbed at the temperature the cpu runs at. On idle it is 64 degrees and goes up to 70 under stress. The cpu is an AMD athlon 2800 and I have an AKASA AK-786 cooler installed. The problem is I only want a quiet fan (30db or less) and due to the restricitons of the power supply being over the cpu socket the cooler/fan unit MUST BE less than 65mm high.
Anyone have any recommendations I would be very grateful.
30db or less and under 65mm, as all but one of the AMD quiet fans I can find is over 69mm. I don't think you have much choice Zalman do some where the fan is recessed in the body of the heat exchanger, click here not cheap but fits the specification.
Unfortunately to fit the Zalman requires 4 holes around the cpu and my motherboard does not have that. I have checked through all the usual sites and manufacturers (coolermaster, zalman, thermaltake etc) and cant find any that fit my requirements either. I shall carry on looking, unless someone knows of such a beast. If I cant find one I may try to change the fan (15mm high) to an 18mm one and hope the extra air flow will cool a little more. The temps are within AMD specs but seem a bit high to me.
Cheers anyway Belatucadrus.
If you cant change the CPu fan/Heatsink, what about the option of case fans?
If you cant improve the CPU cooler, make sure it has cooler air to work with.
After all, if the PC was in a air tight box, the whole lot would self combust, regardless of the fan/heatsink on the CPU.
The heat has to be got off the CPU. But the next step is to get the hot air out of the case.
I have one pci slot cooler, it came with the antec case. It actually made very little difference (maybe 2 degrees) but does not seem to be pushing much air out. Mind you the case is 20 degrees lower than the cpu at 43 degrees. If I can't find another solution I may add another one or try a different pci cooler. There is no provision for the normal 80mm type exhaust fans on the Antec case so that is not an option.
2 degree wont help much, i agree.
Apart from the use of heat pipes/thermal mega flats, to move the heat fast, i will go and cook my dinner, and hope my subconcious can think of somthing.
can you post a link to the case/cube you have got, so i have an idea of what you are workin with?
The case I have is the Antec Aria and link is
I really like the case as it is small, apparently a bit bigger than the Shuttle and is pushed as being quiet as the power supply has a 120mm fan and the panels are insulated. That is important to me but also you can fit any miniATX form factor motherboard unlike the shuttles. End of advert.
I had looked at that cpu but as you say not dimensions. It certainly looked as if it would fit and is cheap enough for me to try if I dont see an alternative.
Thanks to both of you.
That is an excellent choice. Don't know how I missed that one but anyway I'm very grateful to you.
Cooling shop is out of stock for the socket A version but I notice that it is in stock elsewhere click here if anyone else needs a similar spec cooler quickly. I'm in no immediate rush but will certainly try it in a few weeks time.
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