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I just got this laptop the other day:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115763

Let me first say that is is a sweet upgrade to the old Core Duo 1.8Ghz and mobile 7600GT laptop I have had for almost 4 years. This thing can handle DiRT 2 @ 30FPS on Ultra, and GTA IV @ 20-30FPS on High. I love it. I don't think I will be bored for some time at work from now on.

The only thing is that it gets pretty hot. I have seen it hit 70c in GTA IV, and close to that in DiRT 2. Now I know that GPU's are designed to withstand more heat than a CPU, so as far as I know this is well within spec. What I am worried about is shortening the lifespan of the GPU with it reaching these temps on a normal basis. I don't want to spend too much, so I have looked on the egg and found these two:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-005-_-Product - I have never heard of this brand, but the fact that it is aluminum, and wide enough for my laptop is a good thing. Plus with shipping, it only comes out to about $30.00.

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-042-_-Product - This name I have heard of, and it has similar size, but it will wind up being an extra $10. The Thermaltake one also has more 5 egg reviews.

So, am I worrying too much about temps? Should I shell out the $30-40 to get a nice new cooler? Opinions?

Thanks.
 

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Originally Posted by wontonforevuh View Post
Check out this guide. http://forum.notebookreview.com/acce...ers-guide.html
really useful.

Also I regretted not buying a cooler for my dv5t. the gpu died on me twice.
once under warranty and once not...
I like that guide's idea about making sure your laptop's bottom vents will line up right, but my laptop has no bottom vents. Actually, all it has is what looks like an intake vent on the front, and a definite exhaust on the back. I think I'm going to get a cooler just to be sure. Now the hard part is which one...heh
 

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Well, I bought this one. Yeah, it's cheap, has 2 poor reviews, but had the size specs that I wanted. Plus, it looks like a Zalman knockoff. Guess I will see how well I did come Tuesday!
 

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Before buying, you must first understand one important thing.
And that is, not all laptop coolers are made equal.
What I mean is, some draw cool air from under the cooler and push it through the vents and into your laptop. This, as far as I know, is normal laptop airflow.
There are some, however, that draw air from the laptop and then blow it down on to whatever surface you're putting it on.
This is 'fighting' with the regular airflow pattern in your laptop, and not only will it fail to cool your laptop, it might starve the CPU heatsink fan of fresh air and at the worst, damage something.
 

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Well, I'm not even sure a cooler will help with this laptop because the only vents on it are an intake on the front, and an exhaust on the back. The investment wasn't that much, so in the end hopefully it will help somewhat. If not, I think I'll be pulling out the old Erector set and making one of my own, gutting one of my old coolers for the switch works...lol

My temps aren't even that bad IMO, but I'm always looking for better temps.
 
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