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Overheating in the mancave :D

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Overheating in the mancave :D

As the title suggests, electrical equipment is also suffering in this heatwave, (not to shutdown phase as yet) despite having all windows open / a desk fan & floor standing blasting away, I have also pulled the work unit away from the wall, which has helped but not by much.
In an attempt to cool things down I am going to use a load of approx  4 - 6 old PC fans in 2 frames 1 to suck the hot air & the other frame (you guessed it) to push cool air in on the opposite side
The question I have is
For the long term
When covering the fans
What do you think is best that will not only look aesthetically pleasing, but also for the practical use
Will be using ply & 1 x 1 Just checked & none left so have to use 2 x 1 Inch batten instead
Chrome / coloured grill(s)
Or The gauzy type fabric similar to what goes over speakers
Or
other suggestion(s)
Either way will have to purchase the covering a none here  Wink
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

whatever you use it will need to have easy access for dust cleaning, so something like a fine mesh metal covering would probably be better on the inflow side on the outflow a wide grill so that not to much builds up would probably work best, after all you want any dust that gets in to leave but also to try and stop it arriving in the first place, but it might be cheaper to invest in stand alone air con unit like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Compact-Portable-Mini-Air-Conditioner-unit-12-240v-Cooler-Summer-Car-Room-...
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

Your post prompted me to check my temperatures as it does get extremely warm in the living room.
Currently MB is 40C and CPU is 51C.

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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

Just checked mine
M/B 40 deg C - it is passively cooled
GPU 34 deg C
CPU 30 deg C
HD various 25 - 31 deg C
Mind you I have very good CPU cooling and the GPU also has a very good fan and there are two 120mm case fans
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

From HWinfo64
MB = 33
CPU = 24
GPU = 34
HD = 29
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

That is an idea however melted ice where kids are running about about can lead to knocks & spillages, & in the mancave that would not be wise tbh
That is partly why I dismiss liguid cooling PC's, ax I have seen the irreparable damage that can be caused
I was thinking something like this, but know I would likely be sent to Coventry (Since a couple of little people do not like spiders)  Tongue

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CPU ====> 620 C
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

room temp is 27.7
from cupid hw monitor
cpu 44.0
mainboard 34.0
ssd 32.0
hdd 34.0
gfx card is 39.0 (from catalyst control center)
so far so good
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I know what you mean re the kids and liquids, some years back after I had just finished putting a custom build pc together one of my darlings popped the top off there tommy tipee cup and emptied the water into the back of my tower unit whilst I was running a burn in ......thankfully I still had the not so great old system to use while the insewerants sorted things out, luckily for the lil blighter the bang scared everyone so much I didn't murder him before allowing logic to take over Smiley
if your using led fans I take it there not going to be in eyeliner when trying to use the screen 
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

@ TORPC Since installing the cooling system I now have a couple of years ago I haven't worried about temperatures. My main concern was under heavy load, for example, when rendering videos where the CPU temp started to hit the 80s :O Now it rarely gets over 50 even with all 6 cores maxing out.
The whole box would be cooler if I could move it from it's current position by the side of the desk where air flow is slightly restricted but we have a lack of space to put it else where. Hopefully that will change once we find somewhere new soon.

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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

@nano
So glad to hear your little one was unscathed

Its not just the PC that is affected, it is all devices, as this room is like a blast furnace, like Mav no room to move it to cooler climbs of the house
This is what I will be running the fans with (Click on images to see larger views)
The bit you can't make out above the 0000 is the RPM


There is no make / model on the Fan Temp Controller (before anyone asks) I got it with a job lot of stuff (very cheap) from a Computer fair
It is caters for the
CPU
SYS
HDD
It has 3 sensors that I can / will put in the hot spots Wink (WHAT is a HOT SPOT not) ?Huh
The two panels are each going to have four fans
Fan specs
3 x AKASA 12v 1.1w Type Ball Bearing
1 X Make Unknown 12v 0.23A Type Sleeve Bearing
1 X AVC 12v 0.15A Type Sleeve Bearing
1 X Tricod Science 12v 0.11A Type Ball Bearing
1 X ZP DC Brushless Fan 12v 0.15A Type Sleeve Bearing
1 X SUNON 12v 2.6W Type Sleeve Bearing
I am debating to either recess the fans into the panel or just bolt them on ?Huh
& still none the wiser what covering to go with / for
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

leave the extractor side without a covering to aid optimal air movement and put a fabric gril (old beading works well) stretched tight over the frame you loose a bit of airflow but it acts as a good dust stopper, as to mounting so long as the air cone is unimpeded by the frame just bolt them on its a lot easier to mount them that way and put the fabric over on the other side of the frame to the fans
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

While you lot are talking about pc fans and the like, imagine how rotten it is when the car stereo over heats and refuses to play anymore top tunes while driving! The damn thing is driving me crazy!
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

The covering will only be going on the side that can be seen
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Have you tried the good ole way of giving it a firm tapping to
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

Actually i did do that the other day - gave it a damn good thump and it came to life lol
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

The best cooler going is a mini fridge filled with your favourite tipple  Smiley
Apologies in advance for derailing this thread  Wink
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Re: Overheating in the mancave :D

Cool That is working for me (from the main fridge though) as no Mini fridge, however I have Mini me's running back & forth / when I can get them motivated (that is) Tongue
However
Not good for the electrical devices though, hence the need for fan cooling Wink
& any good ideas in respect of the main question or the complete build,  would not be dismissed Wink Wink
& nobody clocked
2 x 1 Inch batten
Yes I know may be a bit overkill, however, I have no 1 X 1 Inch batten