U guys should consider yourselves lucky for having even a moderately silent PC. For me, well, I can't even have a silent apartment
I built my PC 6 months ago using a SLK3700BQE case, a Pentium 4 3.2 GHZ w/HT, a Radeon 9800 Pro video card, and a Zalman CNPS7000A-Cu CPU cooler running at 12v (yes, 12v. U'll see why)
The problem is that I live in a small basement studio apartment, which is really noisy because I got a refrigerator a few feet away from my computer desk. Plus, summer is here and I have a fan running all the time (AC is not an option). Ambient temperatures in my apartment are about 85-90 F on average, and i'm sure they'll increase. I don't complain about the heat because the fan cools me down. But, as u might imagine, my PC runs really hot. I run a lot of CPU intensive software (games, video editing, [email protected]
, programming, etc) and the CPU temperatures go as high as 70 C load. I have the stock fan that came with the BQE case, but i'm thinking of getting an Evercool 120mm because I want lower CPU temps.
Now, this is only temporary. When the summer is over, everything will be back to normal (except for the refrigerator). But I guess for now I don't have a choice.
Basically my goal is to lower the CPU temps. I don't want to spend a lot of money on fancy devices, i'm sure there are some ways I can lower the CPU temps. The only thing i've considered doing is running my PC without the side panel, but i've heard some people say that it is not safe. What can I do to cool my CPU? I dont' want to mod my case... unless absolutely necessary.