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I got an i3 2120 (stock everything) in a mini itx build.
The case is a thermaltake elements Q, I bought it coz of great reviews, but upon assembly I noticed that the PSU basically sits flush above the CPU with almost no gap.
I'm sure the cooler is seated etc. everything clicked in, I pressed down opposite corners etc.

Normal idle temps from speedfan / BIOS appear to be around 48 degrees C idling in ambient around 12 degrees.

This seems a bit high to me? But I'm struggling to think of what I can do to improve this short of removing the outer case or moving the PSU out of the case entirely (if the power cables will stretch that far)?

If only they made the case 1cm taller.....
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Originally Posted by wintermute000 View Post

I got an i3 2120 (stock everything) in a mini itx build.
The case is a thermaltake elements Q, I bought it coz of great reviews, but upon assembly I noticed that the PSU basically sits flush above the CPU with almost no gap.
I'm sure the cooler is seated etc. everything clicked in, I pressed down opposite corners etc.
Normal idle temps from speedfan / BIOS appear to be around 48 degrees C idling in ambient around 12 degrees.
This seems a bit high to me? But I'm struggling to think of what I can do to improve this short of removing the outer case or moving the PSU out of the case entirely (if the power cables will stretch that far)?
If only they made the case 1cm taller.....

They made the PSU sit like that so the PSU/CPU share the same airflow. It's a decent overall design but in this case it doesn't seem to work.. I take it you're using a stock cooler?

You might like to try a small CPU cooler to make the air flow out the back of the case? It all depends on the height we're working with..
 
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TBH given the incredibly tight fit I doubt I can even remove the goddarned mobo/CPU now its in......

Its going to my girlfriend's house so its not going to be as trivial as me constantly being able to muck with it at will.
I could have a crack at rearranging the cables inside but surely thats only good for a degree or two.

Anyhow do you reckon that temp range is OK? I know its on the high side but is it in the danger zone?

as a comparison my i7@ home idles a good 10 degrees lower, and have never had an issue with it even on a 40 degree day.

EDIT: just realised I can remove the power supply doh but still I think I'm stuck with the stock cooler, best I can prob do is use custom paste and reseat
Edited by wintermute000 - 8/23/12 at 9:48pm
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TBH given the incredibly tight fit I doubt I can even remove the goddarned mobo/CPU now its in......
Its going to my girlfriend's house so its not going to be as trivial as me constantly being able to muck with it at will.
I could have a crack at rearranging the cables inside but surely thats only good for a degree or two.
Anyhow do you reckon that temp range is OK? I know its on the high side but is it in the danger zone?
as a comparison my i7@ home idles a good 10 degrees lower, and have never had an issue with it even on a 40 degree day.
EDIT: just realised I can remove the power supply doh but still I think I'm stuck with the stock cooler, best I can prob do is use custom paste and reseat

I'd do that.. Seeing as it's a "Girlfriends" rig it won't be going much past 20% usage anyway. I take it it's just for Facebook, Study and emails? If so it'll be right. Out of curiosity, run Intel Burn Test and see what it gets rolleyes.gif
 
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Sometimes the stock cooler doesn't fully clip on, leaving a small gap. That is most likely what happened, only way to fix this would be a new cooler.
 
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I think I fixed it. I took everything out and reassembled it, didn't reseat the CPU cooler but just made sure it was tightly in. Took care routing cables etc.

Now idling at 38C which is acceptable (even though ambient is only around 12-15)
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