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Like many of us, our room has gotten hot due to the heat out computer puts out. And, many of us that happens to, want to cool it down some so it isn't a mini-Arizona in our house.

If your parts are running cooler, then the room temp goes down.

Thats only partly true. If you keep everything the same, and let's say you add two Vantec Tornadoes into your case. Your processor temp drops 4C or so degrees. Is your room cooler? Not at all. All fans do is help remove heat from your computer, which lowers the ambient temp in your case. So in other words, it takes the hot air out of the case, and puts it into your room faster.

Water cooling also wouldn't work for the same reason. Although your processor, video card, north bridge, and the like would run cooler, the heat output would still be the same. Although it is quieter, your still going to have a mini-Arizona in your house if you have high end parts.

So what can you do?

Well, truthfully, there isn't much. An easy (and the only way I'm going to cover) is lowering the amout of heat a certain part puts out. How do you do that? Lowering voltage or frequency. For processors, as long as your dont touch the vcore setting, your temps dont really rise much, if any, when overclocking. So for your processor, lower your vcore. Going from 1.5v to 1.45v on my processor, for example, droped the temp from 35C/45C idle/load, to 32C/40C.

For the video card, there isn't much options for lowering voltage, except on a few cards. (Such as the X1800 series and X1900's, to name a few). But, unlike processors, video cards temps increase quite a bit from changing the clock speeds. Make sure that your 2D clocks are not the same as your 3D clocks is a good way to make sure your temps aren't as high. Another way is to lower the 2D clocks. Lowering my core from 425 to 350 while in 2D mode dropped my idle temp to 38C from 44C. If you need to lower temps while gaming, lower your 3D clocks. Since a lot of you dont want to loose performance and underclock your card, doing so by say 10-20Mhz will help more than you think. 3C in my case. (Pun somewhat intended...)

If you dont want to have a slight performance hit in your games and still want a slightly lower temps, turn on the A/C, or just open the door in your room. It'll let all the heat in your room go through the house, and out of your room, or open a window.

I hope this helped some of you. I've seen a lot of people asking this question on the forum and people responding with "add more fans." Might stop some of those questions.
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post #2 of 12
This is easy! Turn on the A/C! lol

Yeah I see a lot of those threads too. Good call.
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you can just leave your door open

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Originally Posted by born2killU
you can just leave your door open

jeez.
That works well when your computer is on the other side of the room. </sarcasam>
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If for some reason you dont have AC you can get an evap cooler for your room. Depending on the Specs of the cooling unit you might need to get a dehumidifyer and place it near the intake of your computer.
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the AC vent is right @ my door so all the cold air escapes my room leaving my computer and I all alone together in the corner YAY!
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lol, i open my doors and turn the A/C on to make my room cooler. then my dad complains of the high bills.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cgrado
lol, i open my doors and turn the A/C on to make my room cooler. then my dad complains of the high bills.
If the AC is in your room that'd be counter-productive.
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One way I've found to help cool down the room is to reverse my ceiling fan and then run it on a slower setting. This seems to pull the warm air up to the ceiling area and allows the cool air which is heavier to fall from the vents down to me. Anyway, seems to help.
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Originally Posted by Yuna
If the AC is in your room that'd be counter-productive.
i have internal AC, so i have a big vent rigth next to me that blows air on me, then the hot air escapes through the open doors.
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