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By kyleknicks ·
I just installed a Atlon XP 1800+ CPU and the PC seems to be running pretty hot...I don't think it's hotter than any other 1800+ PC but how should I go about cooling the internals down? I have a heatsink and a big fan sitting on the CPU but was wondering if I should install a fan to bring in air on the FRONT of the case and another one taking out air in the BACK of the case.. wondering if there are other better solutions...any ideas would be appreciated.... there isn't any chassis fan area to bolt a fan like my old cases do... instead, it uses that space in the front of the PC for 2 USB ports...

Another question is..... when the PC boots up..it says Atlon MP running at 1.53 giz ... is this not the XP CPU I thought I bought?

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by timwalsh In reply to cooling and CPU question

First, the newer AMD chips do tend to run HOT, so anything you can do to help cool the inside of the case will help. Since you do have a place to mount an exhaust fan in the rear of your case, try that for a start.

There are many Web sites that provide information on maximizing the cooling ability of your computer case. My favorite is www.2cooltek.com. This site not only has how-to articles for case modification, it also sells many parts useful for cooling computers (fans, heat-sinks, etc.).

Second, the CPU speed that shows at boot-up is correct for the chip you bought. AMD has gone back to the process of showing the equivalent speed Intel chip in their CPU nomenclature. In your instance, although your chip is only running at 1.53GHz, AMD has placed it (correctly) to perform on par with an Intel chip running 1.8GHz (hence the 1800+ in the CPU name vs. 1.8GHz). To learn more about why AMD is doing this (as well as seeing point-by-point chip comparisons), visit their site atwww.amd.com.

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by mski In reply to cooling and CPU question

A fan at the front and an exhaust fan at the back are a good start, but to help the air circulate you should get some round IDE cables which enable the air to flow around the system more easily. Hard drives produce a lot of heat, so hard drive coolers are another option.

To get a good idea of what you should buy, visit an overclockers site like www.overclockers.com
You may not want to overclock your system, but these people will show you how to cool your system properly anyway.

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by TheChas In reply to cooling and CPU question

You didn't say how hot things are getting.

100?F inside the case should not be a problem.

There are a couple of white papers on cooling that you can download from AMDs web site.
They are a good starting point.

I have noticed on many cases with front case fans, that the EMI sheilding makes the vent openings to small for the fan to be effective.

After the CPU itself, the next thing to keep cool is your hard drive.

While the round cables make it easier to setup proper air-flow, carefull routing of the flat cables is just as effective.

Chas

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by jereg In reply to cooling and CPU question

Since the other answers are good, I'll provide the geek approach. Check out www.tomshardware.com
There is a guide and video to water-cooling your PC. It's at:

www.tomshardware.com/howto/02q3/020701/index.html

I haven't done it, nor do I know anyone that has, but I have seen several web sites showing water-cooled systems, so I know it can be done. If you're handy with tools, It might be worth considering. Hey, you wanted solutions, this is how some folks tackle it. Now where are my pliers......

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