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post #31 of 45
It is not the cooler you should be worried about, it is getting that hot air out.

With the Dell/HP/compaq case, the bottom PCI slots will get stuffy because of 0% air circulation.

the best bet would be the stock cooler and a nice PCI exhaust fan.
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post #32 of 45
Hi,

I totally agree with the above poster.
Dells are designed with silence in mind and cooling as an after thought.
A well placed intake and exhaust fan would be far more beneficial than a VGA cooler for your entire system.
What Dell chassis do you have?
I have totally revamped the cooling in my Dell, 10°c drop at least across all temps idle and load.
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ive got one of the early xps cases. im gonnna have to agree with NOS. this case doesnt have any intake fans except for the one on the back that directs air over the processor heatsink and is isolated from the rest of the case
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ive got one of the early xps cases. im gonnna have to agree with NOS. this case doesnt have any intake fans except for the one on the back that directs air over the processor heatsink and is isolated from the rest of the case

Which XPS?
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dimension xps gen3. its before they had all the different xps's. one of the cooling things im most dissapointed with it about is the slot made specifically for a fan in the front thats empty
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post #36 of 45
Well I have a GEN2. There is alot you can do with the cooling. I have pics of my mods if you wanna see.
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yea sure. im probably not going to do any myself as i have little reason to without overclocking. but id be interested to see what youve done
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post #38 of 45
I hate to come into this thread late, but, Dell PSUs are usually not of high caliber. That is something to think about before upgrading.

If someone already mentioned it, sorry, but it is important none-the-less.
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post #39 of 45
Temps now, I no longer have the shot of pre mod temps but I will tell you.. They Sucked.
The reason you need to mod is because the OEM solution is CRAP.
A Cool System is a Happy System



Easy mod allowing for the placement of an intake fan in the front of the HDD bay, if you have 2 HDD. If you only have one there is no need for this mod. Just move the HDD to the top or bottom slot. Pics are old, now I have Raptors.
All I did was drill 2 new holes in the green brackets, the locations to drill are already marked. Keep in mind you will have to remove the HDD bay green shroud for this mod to have any positive effects.



Also with my GEN2 the rear fans were alternated, one was intake and one was exhaust I removed the shroud and replaced the OEM Nidecs with 2 92mm Antec Blue LED's, oh yeah the front fans are 80mm Antecs. I also cut out all the mesh for more airflow.
With your passive HS you have 2 options, replace it or attach an 80mm fan.
Picture your airflow, cool air in thru the front fans, the HDD fan blowing straight across to the HS and being expelled by the exhaust fans. I went that method for a bit, I then purchased a Zalman 7000 and love it.
To summarize..remove all shrouds, insure both rear fans are exhaust, attach an 80mm fan to the passive HS, install an intake fan in the HDD bay.
The result will be a much much cooler system.
What sux though is Dell removed the sensor chip on all post GEN2 systems
You will only be able to monitor differences in GFX and HDD temperatures.

To stevemc, Our OEM PSU is more than capable of handling any upgrades he were to make. My PSU powers 2 74 gig Raptors, 1 250 gig Caviar, 2 opticals, 4aftermarket fans, Zalman 7000, 7800GS SC CO that is always OC'd, and my 3.2 Nwood oc'd to 3.66 with ZERO issues.
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post #40 of 45
Grunion,

I have a XPS Gen2 and am attempting to emulate your cooling solution..

I am keeping the original Dell motherboard. I have replaced the Dell proprietary heat sink and retention solution with a standard Intel retention bracket. Upgraded the Northwood P4 3.0GHz processor to a Northwood P4 3.4GHz. Removed the CPU shroud, added a Zalman CNPS9500 CPU cooler with Artic Silver 5 thermal compound and replaced both rear case fans with two Antec 75009 92mm fans (variable speed with built-in temperature sensor) oriented to expel air from the case.

Currently without installing the front fans and with the Artic Silver 5 not yet having time to cure I am seeing over 10 C decrease in CPU and case temps.. I also have > 5 C decrease in my video card GPU temps just from the increased airflow through the removal of the CPU shroud and the rear fan changes.

I still have the Dell case fans plugged in to their motherboard headers to avoid fan failure messages.. I am waiting for the 3 “Dell Fan Terminator for use with SlotWonder: This is a jumper that will fix any Dell that receives the ‘Fan Failure’ error at boot up." which I ordered from www.powerleap.com to arrive so I can ditch the Dell fans.

I have 2 Antec LED80XFAN 80mm Blue LED Case Fans ready to mount in the front of the case as you have done. Apart from the reconfiguration of the hard drive rails, how did you attach the front fans to the case?
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