In my neverending ( and quite exhausting, I might add) efforts to keep you all amused, I present yet another mod...
In my thread about building a custom case ( more on that later), Bob the Alien made the casual comment about cooling the backside of the motherboard. I didn't pay much attention at the time, but a second read of the thread brought that to my attention and I decided to monitor some temps back there.
Not surprisingly, the temp on the motherboard plate, directly under the CPU and chipset was noticably warmer than other areas.
Not hot, mind you, noplace in this case is really hot anymore, but warmer.
As it happens I also had a spare fan laying around.
Also, I was planning on stripping down my PC in order to measure some components so I could begin laying out a case design.
Furthermore, while the case was bare I wanted to add a insulator plate beneath the PSU to shield it from the CPU HSF.
So, here we have the motherboard mounting wall with a second fan mounted, blowing on the backside of the CPU socket area.
The fan on the lower left is dedicated to the HDD...
From the other side ( where all the fun stuff is) you can see that I incorporated a exhaust fan into the isolator plate to help evacuate all the air and heat in this area...
As usual, the two fans on the case backwall are blowing in and the new fan is sucking out ( and up).
Also visible is the new fan I added to the bottom heatsink on my video card.
This brings the total number of fans in the case to nine.
A bit excessive perhaps, but not really very noisy at all and very effective (so far).
As I sit here now, after one hour uptime, the CPU is reading 32 degC.
I would love to run some burnin tests and post the results, but my "evaluation period" has expired and I've been unable to come up with the acceptable solution. I need to solve this minor problem as all my previous results were derived using that program and a direct comparison is impossible without it.