mjd420nova, on 13 February 2011 - 04:23 PM, said:
Does this unit sit in mostly one location/position? Starting with a cardboard mock-up and eventually to a plastic scoop afair to tunnel and boost fresh air into the vents and intake to help lower temperatures. A serious checkup investigation may reveal dust and heatsink clogging. This happens in every environment and is a fact of life. Cooling platters with fans can be adapted to boost efficiently and above all, clean air. Filters on intakes from areas where the cooling fans intake, will go a long way to helping to keep it cleaner for longer.
Firstly, I just discovered that with no intake fan my HDs got rather toasty - the WD hit 42C, one Samsung 37C, and the other 35C. I moved it back to the front fro now. I know there's not much dust in it - I open it often enough that none really collects. The PC is always sitting in one place - I'll upload a picture later if I have time. This
is the case I have - it's from 2003 after all and all the current ones have 120mm fans, this one uses 80mm, so it might not really be up to optimally cooling newer equipment. There are 3 HD bays and all 3 are filled, and is there any way to make it any cooler running? I've seen HD coolers, but those are optimal for only one drive, and it needs a bay of it's own. Optimally I'd have a fan (around 80mm) blowing at all 3 HDs from the front, but the case doesn't support it.
Anyway... there is a filter, but only on the front fan. Whenever I check it, it's very clean - either there's not much dust near it or the filter is ineffective. I still see small piles of dust on the bottom of the case. I just cleaned out all that before, but things are still a bit warm.
Also, if any of you would know where to get a 3.5" external drive cover (that comes with the pc), that would help. When my dad built the PC originally (back in 2003, with a pentium 4 cpu), he got rid of them, as he had a floppy drive and card reader in the slots. Since then, I have absolutely no need for the floppy drive, and the card reader died so I bought an external one. If I could get a cover that would mean a bit less in the case, and possibly better ventilation.