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Okay so here is the deal currently I have a raid 5, 3tb built into my gaming PC. My PC is built for gaming i7, GeForce 260, antec 1200 case however during the summer in Arizona this beast creates to much heat. It raises the temperature in the room about 8F in about 2 hours. So my plan was to remove the raid and build a small server. I would use it as a NAS along with my PS3 server applications and security programs. The Raid is running off a areca ARC-1210 controller card currently so it doesn't take away from my main computer resources except RAM. I would use the controller card inside the server.
My question is this. Would removing 4x 1tb drives, disc drive and controller card cut down the amount significantly? I realize those are usually not the typical culprits of heat in a computer but they generate some plus the additional airflow would help.
Should I just switch to liquid cooling? this would be about the same cost as building the server and I honestly don't think it would fit in my pc currently.
If building a server what parts should I use? want to keep this as cheap as possible.
Just give up...na
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The system (or systems) will still create the same amount of heat... and the heat will still need to be dumped.

So I don't think you would gain much by sticking the array in a separate box. It would probably generate even more heat, with a separate mobo, proc, and psu.

Liquid cooling still dumps heat into the air... from the radiators.

It is unusual for a single PC to affect room ambient temps that much. Is it a really small room?
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post #3 of 6
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Not really a small room. Den size and all the fans are working. I clean them every couple months just the heat kills me during the summers in AZ.
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The temperature of the components or the airflow through the case doesn't matter, the only thing that matters is how much power the rig is pulling from the wall... In fact, liquid cooling, more fans or moving the drives to a separate server would just add heat inside your house.

Undervolting everything should help, replacing the GPU (and perhaps the CPU) with something more efficient would as well. EDIT: But at that point you could just buy a small A/C unit with the same money tongue.gif
Edited by brucethemoose - 4/3/14 at 7:46pm
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Well A/C unit, unless it's dumping heat outside, is still going to increase the room temp.
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Like others have posted... all you can do is try to lower the ambient air temps... that will provide more cooling to the PC, and to you also. In other words, Air conditioning.
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