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Basically I'd like to keep my system a little bit cooler. Right now my temps are as follows; CPU - 23, Motherboard - 30, Graphics card - 50, Hard drive - 31. The CPU fan is at 900 rpm, the Graphics card is set to 29% (1718RPM).

However, when the weather gets hot, my hard drive temperature can jump to about 40+, and my motherboard can get to about 35+ ...which isn't as cool as I would like it to be.

In order to solve the problem with the hard drive temperature, I think I need a better fan. Right now I'm using some £2 garbage which doesn't do anything...

As for the motherboard temperature, I think I need to install another 120mm fan ...I've seen some people install fans in disk bays but I'm not sure on how to do that. Could someone please advise me what the best way of doing this would be and if it will actually keep my motherboard a little cooler?

What would be the best fan to go for?

Maybe I should remove the two Tricools I have (taking air out), install one in the drive bay somehow, and have the other one sucking hot air away from the hard drive... and then get two new fans (which are a little more quiet) to take our hot air (the Tricools can be a little loud on the highest setting, maybe there is a better fan for the job).

What do you guys think?

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I have done tons of modding to my p180 setup to find the best noise/temp ratio. I think I found it. Heres much of what I have done.

1.) Cover the top fan vent, remove the fan.
2.) Remove the middle-chamber hard-drive bay
3.) Place a fan as intake in middle chamber, in front of where the bay was.
4.) Remove lower chamber fan (makes wiring easier too)
5.) Cut fan grille off the back, installed a generic better one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999204
6.) Clean up wiring. Re-route most, if not all wires, around the back of the mobo.
7.) Cover all the holes you can with tape (such as the pci-slot guards). This will make sure air flow isn't messed up.
8.) Rubber grommets on everything (just for noise)
9.) Isolate the top and bottom chambers completely if possible. I took off that black plastic adjustable thing and covered the huge hole with noise-reducing foam.
10.) I cut the front fan grilles down, as detailed here http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums...ic.php?t=44067

There you have it. From the pictures your system could use some work, imho, but its looking pretty good already.

Have fun!
Edited by Psilocybe - 7/7/08 at 6:08am
    
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post #4 of 11
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Thanks for your advice

However, if I'm complaining about my HD temperature being too high for my liking, then surely removing the bottom chamber fan isn't going to help - is it?
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post #5 of 11
Oh, in that case keep a fan in the lower chamber but don't use the middle position. Move the fan right up against the front, in that little slot where it isn't meant to be. I think will ensure more air is going in the lower chamber, while making wiring easier too.
    
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i don't think you really have anything to worry about. your temps are great, i wish i had temps like that!!! Gpu1 54c, Gpu2 52c, Cpu idle 39c, motherboard 43c. This is with all the fans on high.... both those Gpus fans are set to 100%, soooo much noise from them.
Edited by Gallowspole - 7/7/08 at 4:44pm
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post #7 of 11
yeah, I don't really understand the problem either... You're WAY below any risky temperatures.

I did exactly what Psilocybe, except for the cutting parts. Good advice there.

I actually DID remove that annoying center fan from the bottom chamber, and screwed a 92mm fan to the front as an intake.
    
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post #8 of 11
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You guys are probably right. my temps are fine ...but I figured if I get it a little cooler, then maybe I wont have to have my two fans taking air out on full speed? (maybe?)

Psilocybe, I didn't even know it was possible to mount the fan at the front blowing onto the HD ...how do you do that? :s It doesn't look like there's enough space to mount a 120mm there but I could be wrong.
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post #9 of 11
Yeah, thats the thing. You either need to get a thin fan, or kinda pry it in. I think I have a yate loon there, come to think of it I'm not sure because HD temps weren't a problem. I'll check once I get home, and probably take pics. I also hear that you can sort of pry that thing off entirely.

(edit: its true, look here):

http://www.overclock.net/case-mods-g...pictorial.html

Looks like he managed to remove it. A potential problem is that his lower hdd bay is now free-floating. So if you move your computer a lot this mod might be dangerous. I know at one point I bent the hdd bay guides back a little so a fan could fit and it wasn't free floating.
Edited by Psilocybe - 7/8/08 at 6:18am
    
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post #10 of 11
I simply used a 92 mm fan

Don't need a whole lot of airflow with a single HDD... together with the PSU exhaust fan, you'll be just fine.
    
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