Cooling down the motherboard
A few weeks ago I found that my PC’s internal temperatures were unusually high after checking with my Asus PC Probe Utility. The motherboard temperature was about 45 degrees Celsius and the CPU was not so far behind. This may be cool to some people, but this was only when the computer was idle.When under load from playing games (such as Atari’s Unreal Tournament 2004) it would jump by 10 degrees!
So I decided to do some housekeeping. I opened up the case, got some canned air and blew out all the dust that had settled down there. I then got some rubber bands and wire ties and bundled up my cables making the area look very neat. There was now a good amount of free space for air to flow through. Before, some of my drive cables were inhibiting the front intake fan (I also have 2 exhaust plus the exhaust of the power supply), but after the tidying up the motherboard and CPU idle temperatures dropped by about 5 degrees or so! Cool! I also proceeded to clean the dust from the fans and also apply some oil to my chipset fan (it needs greasing once in a while).
Now, even under full load the temperatures don’t get very high, although the ambient temperature does contribute to the highs and lows.
If you are interested in my system specs, here they are:
– ASUS A8N SLI-Deluxe nForce 4 Motherboard (socket 939)
– AMD Athlon64 3500+ 2.21GHz CPU (socket 939)
– ATi Radeon X800XL 256MB GDDR3 PCI-e Graphics
– 2x 512MB DDR400 Corsair XMS RAM
– Antec Performance II SX1040BII SOHO Black Case
– Antec SmartPower 400W Power Supply
– Seagate Barracuda 160GB w/8MB cache 7200RPM SATA-150 Hard Drive
– Seagate Barracuda 80GB w/8MB cache 7200RPM ATA100 Hard Drive
– Maxtor DiamondMax 80GB w/8MB cache 7200RPM ATA133 Hard Drive
– HP DVD Writer DVD630e