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Well I built my first computer.

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by hunterguy86, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. hunterguy86

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    As the title states I built my first computer. This started out as a free computer from a friend that went from there. I got a computer from a buddy that was built a few years back. When I got it the motherboard and processor were no good, however the hard drive, DVD drive, ram and video card were good. I figured i would replace the bad parts and have a good machine. Ya so that kinda didnt happen.

    Specs:
    - an old "Alaska" Case.
    - 450 watt power supply
    - ASUS crossfire motherboard, model A8R-MVP
    - AMD Athlon 3500 2.2 GB Processor that is clocked to 2.31 for now
    - Western Digital 74 GB, 10000 RPM SATA hard drive
    - Western Digital 160 GB 7400 RPM SATA hard drive
    - ATI Readon x300 pci express video card
    - 1 GB of RAM for now
    - DVD-R/ CD-RW combo drive

    I want to add some more cooling to it, as the only fan I have besides on the processor is a PCI slot-mounted fan.

    I think it may be ok though for now, as it
    the CPU runs a 40-42 degrees C and the Motherboard runs at 36-38 Degrees C
     
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    your cpu is fine. may want to pay a little attention to that motherboard number. CPU's can take much higher heat than your chipset can. anything over 45 and your chipset shall be very very upset.
     
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    What else do you suggest for cooling the mobo as far as fan placement?
    Top of case, back of case, front of case?
    Whats the best?
     
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    really depends on your case.

    post up a picture of your machine with the non motherboard side off.
     
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    Well instead of fighting with that old case. I decided to upgrade to something a little better. So I ordered this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144151

    I plan on replacing that 80mm rear and top fans with 120's and moving the 80's to the front of the case. This should keep everything nice and cool.

    I also need to repaste my processor. I used to much last time :doah:

    I also ordered this to complement the one I already have.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820218093
     
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    I always go by the rule better to have 1 more exhaust fan then intake. This way you don't build up pressure in the case, and it gets the heat out faster, rather then being forced in, and have time to heat up before exiting
     

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