Well just noticed my fans sounded loud so I checked and my i5 4570s is 53C and my two hard drives (seagate 4TB 5900RPM and 3TB 7200rpm) are 50C, MB is only 29C. Is this an issue? If so any suggestions?
I have a 80mm fan on the side, stock CPU cooler w/ pico PSU (so PSU is not interfering with CPU cooler), I have my 4TB mounted on the side and also my 3TB mounted in the 3.5" bay under the blu-ray drive.
This thread has some good pictures, I am open to any suggestions and hope I can get these temps under control:
Best too keep the HD relatively cool? Seems peoples opinions differ on this.EDIT: Problem is now solved.
I had a few problems. One being that on idle the seagate software was making my cpu work @~50% and the other was the case was trapping in ALOT of heat.
How I fixed the problem is uninstalling the seagate software (didnt really need anyways).
What I bought to fix heat not escaping:
-2X of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999199
Both are running off of this (too loud at full power as intake fans):
-Had this lying around the side vents dont match up very good but figured it cant hurt:
-Possibly the biggest cpu cooler that would fit this case:
-Optional but does lower temps some, thin 80mm for front of cooler:
-Things are EXTREMELY tight between the front of the heatsink and sata connections on 3.5" and blu-ray drive; if the hard drive was a few mm longer I could not fit in the front slim 80mm fan. I actually had to tape the fan directly to the heatsink because there was no room for the silicone fan mounts. This cable helped a ton:
Things that I did that were out of the ordinary:
-Placed my 3TB 7200rpm (few C hotter than my two 5900rpm drives) upside down so the metal is in full contact with the bottom of the case (below the 3.5" bay). I then taped a piece of paper on the circuit board so it does not short on anything. Then I stacked my SSD on top; with the cabling that I did and with how much the drive is squashed in there, both the SSD and 3.5" drives cant move. They are not actually attached to anything it naturally cant move anywhere due to everything be so crammed.
-Took the 3.5" drive off of the side rail and placed it all the way to the back of the case with alittle bit of 3M double side mounting tape so a 120mm fan could fit. The side vents match up for alittle bit of the fan but im sure its providing some circulation
-All side fans (the 2X80mm and 120mm) are intake fans
-Heat is shrouded from the cpu cooler to the PSU hole this keeps the heat from building up. The heatsink was doing great with just the fan on the back pulling but is doing even better with the slim fan pushing air.
This was a fun project that took a ton of brainstorming and ALOT of patience. Everything was very tight (pictures dont do it justice). The wires on the side took awhile for me to move around so the side cover could close (side fans were interfering with the cabling). Everything fit together barely,when I opened it and rewired some things to add the slim fan I could not close the cover and it took a few tries to get everything flat enough on the side. If the CPU cooler was a few mm taller the cover would not close! If I did not have the ultra thin sata the 80mm slim fan would interfere with it. If I had more cables the cover or did not flatten them/organize them the cover wont close.
Computer weighs 13lbs which for something so small feels like a ton. I can now say that the case is 100% utilized there is nowhere else to put a HDD or fan
. I am happy I did this, my HTPC acts as my server and I dont need a separate computer on 24X7 (just seemed pointless for how much storage I have). One of my 4tb drives that is installed has nothing on it yet. It is slightly louder than I would want but I have my AC running ~12-18hrs a day so I cant tell unless I turn my AC off. In the winter I am sure I could slow my fans down to make it quieter.
Almost forgot the best part: