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Alan1998

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Hey,

So, my computer is a modified Dell XPS 8500. I swapped the GPU out for the GTX 760 DCII OC for better performance. Although that ins't the issue.

My Stock Fan + Heat Sink cannot perform in stressful games and/or Rendering/Recording etc. At times I have seen my CPU hit temps of close to 80C, which is stupidly high. As a Virus Tester I cannot have that high temperatures moreso when copying my harddrive to save it as a Virtual Machine hard disc (.vhd).

So as it stands, I've talked with some of the Avast! members and their ideas about upgrading have been few. So thought I'd come here. I do not want Liquid Cooling, you can get the same performance from High End cooling. If you need info on my MotherBoard just ask and I can ask Dell since I don't know.Note: I am using a Mini-ATX Board. I know that
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Hello Alan

If you are able to fit additional and more efficient chassis fans it will help with cooling, you have told us that the MB is the smaller mATX type but would it be possible for you to take some pictures of the inside of the case so that we can see the room that is available + while you have the side off of the case see if there is room for a chassis fan at the front of the case and whether or not a larger diameter rear exhaust fan can be fitted.

Can I ask if the computer is still covered by a warranty, this because if you do swap out the CPU HS and cooling fan for a third party cooler you will void any CPU warranty that may be in place.

I will be out for a few hours shortly but will check back around 4.30pm UK time.
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1) No the computer is not under warranty anymore. Even if it is, it has about a month left anyways.

2) As for fitting more case fans into the computer. That is a no-go

3) Pictures, I will try, I have the Camera and stuff, but everyone is still asleep, so I can't turn the lights on downstairs.
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Gday.
While Phillpower2 is of line will give some review links. Whichever cooler is selected, existing RAM hight must be taken into account as ones like Corsair Vengance limit what can be used.
Might be an idea to run Speccy, will give all the hardware info except PSU.
If the case is narrow some low profile coolers. > http://www.tomshardw...i-itx,3639.html
> http://www.techspot....st-cpu-coolers/
> http://www.tomshardw...swell,3554.html
> http://www.guru3d.co...1_review,1.html
> http://www.anandtech...d-cooler-master
My cooler, > http://www.pcper.com...U-Cooler-Review
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Thanks Iamm!

So, I've attached a picture of the inside of the case.

I have Speccy from previous times looking at CPU + GPU temperatures. Would you a like a screen Shot or just for me to list everything off?

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Edited by Alan1998, 26 December 2013 - 09:26 AM.

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Check out the following cooling fan/HS which is elevated and so the warm air should be expelled more efficiently, there is also the option to add a second cooling fan to it, see here

Please satisfy yourself that you have adequate room inside the case before ordering.
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Hello,

Thanks Phil. Will check the dimensions in a little while. I have work to be done first
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No problem Alan as I will be offline until around 4.30pm UK time :thumbsup:
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Hey Phil!

So, I just ran some extremely demanding games. Eg: BF4

I have Speccy open at the time on my second screen showing my CPU temperature. The results were scary with the average Temp of 80C. So, until I can get a suitable fan, like the one you suggested, is the any kind of program in which I can rev the fan speeds easily? I could care less about noise.
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Hello Alan

Many people use MSI Afterburner as it works well with other brand names, see Monitor and the Special Functions here for controlling fan speeds etc
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Gday.
If you have not recently looked at update, > http://www.dell.com/...roduct/xps-8500 You might also like to follow The Dell Diagnostic link and do a thorough test.
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Gday.
If you have not recently looked at update, > http://www.dell.com/...roduct/xps-8500 You might also like to follow The Dell Diagnostic link and do a thorough test.


Updating now. Will run some tests momentarily


Hello Alan

Many people use MSI Afterburner as it works well with other brand names, see Monitor and the Special Functions here for controlling fan speeds etc


Wrong program for the wrong hardware. I have GPU Tweak from ASUS. I'm looking for something for my CPU (Central Processing Unit).
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Initially set Speedfan to 100% and then clock it back until the temps are stable and the fan not too noisy, when you have the opportunity read the Speedfan tutorial here

Keep in mind that a cooler GPU that is working more efficiently will ease the load on the CPU which will then drop the core temps.

As an asides I see that the ASUS software is less than popular with it`s users, a couple of users comments below;

Asus AI Suite Fan Xpert is crap and doesnt hold the settings I changed so that program is useless


ASUS Fan Xpert is useless and the BIOS holds the settings but does not apply them. Fan Xpert also decides to ignore my settings half the time and turn my fan up and down in a rhythmic pattern.


Thread here
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Gday.
The guys on this site seem to have speedfan properly controlling the CPU temp/fan. > http://forums.anandt...d.php?t=2227401
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The same guys also don`t like the ASUS software I mentioned in my reply #13here :P
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