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So my sig rig sports an elite 120 advanced, the tiny cooler master itx thing. It idles 50 and peaks at 90C. I have replaced and installed the 120mm fans and reversed the mini fan into an exhaust. Cables are packed completely out of the way. and yet still help?
Edited by hat1324 - 12/8/12 at 1:04pm
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Dude 90 Celsius on a phenom is rediculously high. Doesn't it shut itself off? Also, try reseating the heatsink and make sure it gets proper contact.
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Can you clarify exactly how many and what size intake and exhaust fans? Small cases tend to work better with positive pressure. Also, exactly which GPU do you have and is it running when you get those temps?
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I'm sure you're aware but that mobo is only rated for a 95W TDP processor and the Phenom II X4 is a 125W part.

Also sticking a 125W processor in any small space like that is going to cause problems.
     
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No no sorry, its a 945, Ill fix that. Updated gfx too.

Also, im using 2 succesive 120mm front intake fans and a 80mm side exhaust fan. The biggest issue is that the psu is like RIGHT OVER the cpu.

If only they had 65mm sidways blowing coolers, that would be wonderful. Also, would positive pressure really make the difference?
Edited by hat1324 - 12/8/12 at 1:15pm
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The 945 is still a 125W part. tongue.gif

Is the PSU sucking air from inside the case or through the top grate?
     
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Top grate. And Im using HDX945WFGMBOX 945 which is rated 95W... I think...

Are there any negatives to reversing the PSU direction?
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Ah. Yeah that is a 95W.

Having the PSU suck air from inside the case might change it. The CPU cooler will be fighting the PSU for air though. There are mixed results so all I can say is to flip it and see how it affects temps.

Also reseat the heatsink, replace any bad thermal paste, make sure the cooler is tightened all the way. Swap to the stock Intel cooler to see if it is a problem with the Scythe cooler.
     
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post #9 of 14
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So flipping the PSU was a massive help, but I'm still peaking at around 80C. I have to ask why CM didnt just put the PSU at the bottom, my temps without that hunk of metal in the way were like 30C to 55C...
Edited by hat1324 - 12/8/12 at 5:29pm
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post #10 of 14
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UPDATE: Sorry to resurrect this old thread, but I just wanted to share some updates really quick

So I flipped the slim 120mm fan on the Scythe Shuriken such that it blows up away from the CPU and into the reversed PSU. I then flipped the side fan back into an intake.

On a side note, I also replaced the side fan screws with rubber buffers, but I had to dremel the sides of the fan to make them fit. (A temporary solution while I wait for this to arrive)

Temps are stable at 35C idle to 55C full load. wink.gif
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