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hi guys,
i have been running my rig for around 2 months now and have opened up my old crappy cabinet to give my components some more air.....
so now my question is...is it normal for electronic components(in general)to produce some kind of heating smell when they heat up which is characteristic of silicon or something(correct me if im wrong) so smell starts coming after my pc has been on for several hours and when im playing games and this smell is only noticiable when im sitting very close to my pc or if i bring my nose near to the cabinet's opening...on avg at that time my pc temps are like this:

cpu-avg 75 degrees(load)
hdd-avg 42 degrees(load)
graphic card-avg 55 degrees(load)
ambient- avg 26 degrees

and take in to account my cabinet is opened up currently so the smell might be spreading more.....and also this smell is more prominent at the back of the psu...although it does not seem like silicon burning smell(i know difference between burning and heating smell)......
so it this all normal or something is wrong.....please help me out here guys im really worried.....
i have checked physically all components while running and they dont seem to be heating very much(which rules out the possiblity of bad sensors)....
any help would be appreciated....
welll thnx in advance....

UPDATE: as i investigated furthur i found that my gtx 460 is heating too much being the twin frozr 2 so i checked with furmark and my graphic card started making a buzz noise which is also not good coz hawks are advertized as buzz free(i double checked that buzz noise is from my gpu and not psu) so furmark showed me max temp of 62 degrees while my freind's hawk gave him 53 degrees reading and when i touched my graphic card at that time it seemed much more hotter than 62 degrees....i know this bcoz i also have a 9600gt and i tried it too it went up to 73 degrees in furmark and i touched and felt how hot it was....but with 62 degrees my gtx 460 felt hotter and it was giving out much smell not burning but still pretty strong smell.....so what could it be...is my gpu defective or dying coz i bought it a month and a half ago........urgent help needed please.....
Edited by ghost_z - 1/3/11 at 9:48am
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maybe you have forgotten to take off one of the covers/bits of packaging when you built the computer. Just sayin
    
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no i have taken all the covers off.....
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Sorry for double posting
    
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So let me get this right, your running your computer, in a cabinet, with no ventilation?
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Why is your CPU temp so high?
    
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Hmm the only thing I could say about a smell would possibly hot air from the heated components may smell like heated plastic, for instance a gfx card under load might produce a warm plasticy smell, I've noticed similar smells from my 480 and it runs flawlessly so im sure there is no issue.
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If it's in a wooden cabinet it's prob just warming up the wood and causing the smell.
    
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What's happening there is that the heat the computer exhausts out the back of the case is flying around in the cabinet and getting sucked back in the computers intakes
    
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Originally Posted by ninox999 View Post
What's happening there is that the heat the computer exhausts out the back of the case is flying around in the cabinet and getting sucked back in the computers intakes
Thats what I was assuming, but I dont like jumping to conclusions.

@OP if you are running your computer in a closed cabinet, thats a very bad thing, unless your torture testing your hardware for a reason. Without proper ventilation, your computer is going to recycle warm air, and get progressively hotter as it runs.
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