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    Is cooling the hard drive really a must when OC a pc?

    And what temp. should it be at?
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    As far as I know no, it can be a source of heat in a case, and people with real cooling dedication may cool it as any source of heat drives them nuts, but to the average ocer i'd say no.
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    ok but what is a reasonable temp for the hard drive???
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    any moment clocker, or bigdawg or rosco will come the rescue.
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    Originally posted by mattesca@21 July 2004 - 16:36
    ok but what is a reasonable temp for the hard drive???
    check this

    its a guide by clocker on temps......... well, not really a guide, but.......... well just read it
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    well someone came in clockers place, i was close
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    thanks storm that really helps
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    oh, do you have any temperature monitering programs like sisandra, or mbm5, or... can't remeber the other ones.
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    no problem

    like Duffman said, there isnt really a reason to get HDD cooling......

    you're not planning any extreem OCin, so id just make sure you get a good HSF and a couple of fans for your case.......


    now this will kinda depend on your case, but i have one of my intakes blowing cool air over my HDD first, in case you really want to cool that sucker.....

    if you have an advanced video card, id worry about that more than your HDD
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    There are max temps for hard drives, see manufacturers specs for details, but about 60C is commonly the max quoted.

    In practice you are unlikely to hit the highest temps for long periods unless your case cooling is seriously flawed.

    But drive lifetime can be considered as a product of power on time multiplied by running temp, so if you leave your pc on 24/7 it is a good idea to get some sort of cooling, otherwise you can seriously shorten the drives lifespan.

    Other than OCing possibly causing a rise in case temps, it has nothing at all to do with cooling the drive.
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