Cooling our rigs

Stranger7777
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I think we should post pictures and thoughts of our cooling farms here just not to mix with other threads.
It seems that this is the right time to start the thread because of summer heat and Global Warming effect.

Jord
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Cooling our rigs

Only run your computer(s) through the night. It's what I do. ;)

tullio
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Since I intend to upgrade my

Since I intend to upgrade my CPU from an Opteron 1210 at 1.8 GHz to an Opteron 1220 at 2.8 GHz I wanted to better my heat sink and fan. So I scanned the Amazon.it online shop and I bought an ASUS Silent Square EVO. Very nice to see, but when I started reading the installation manual I saw that the thing is meant to be installed in a vertical position on the main board . Since the main board of my SUN M20 WS is itself in a vertical position the heatsink cannot be installed. Can I put my WS on its side? My 2 hard disks and the DVD would become vertical. Thanks for any suggestion.
Tullio

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Your hard disks will be fine


Your hard disks will be fine running vertically but you might have trouble with DVDs staying positioned in the middle of the tray. They might slip down and fail to clamp into the spin mechanism properly.

Matt Giwer
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Cooling? Consider all the

Cooling? Consider all the effort in fans for getting heat out of a case. Why keep it in the case in the first place? Take the cover or side panel off and leave it off. I have been doing that for 25 years and never had a problem. This way there is no "inside" temperature of the case. It all convects away.

If that still bothers you set up a small fan to blow on the open motherboard. I mean like a cheap six inch fan from the local drug store. I have never found a need for it but if it makes you feel better it will guarantee the air temp around the parts is always the same as room temperature. You can't get any better than that.

tullio
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RE: Cooling? Consider all

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Cooling? Consider all the effort in fans for getting heat out of a case. Why keep it in the case in the first place? Take the cover or side panel off and leave it off. I have been doing that for 25 years and never had a problem. This way there is no "inside" temperature of the case. It all convects away.

If that still bothers you set up a small fan to blow on the open motherboard. I mean like a cheap six inch fan from the local drug store. I have never found a need for it but if it makes you feel better it will guarantee the air temp around the parts is always the same as room temperature. You can't get any better than that.


My SUN M20 Manual says not to take away the side panel for more than 10 minutes. My front panel is a mesh like a radiator in an old Lancia car. The engineering design of this WS is superior to that of the average PC. It has been running 24/7 since January 2008. I only added RAM, a second disk and a RW/DVD. But I am thinking of upgrading its CPU with a faster chip I have already bought from a relative, and so I was wondering about a heatsink. No AC.
Tullio

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RE: My SUN M20 Manual says

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My SUN M20 Manual says not to take away the side panel for more than 10 minutes. My front panel is a mesh like a radiator in an old Lancia car. The engineering design of this WS is superior to that of the average PC. It has been running 24/7 since January 2008. I only added RAM, a second disk and a RW/DVD. But I am thinking of upgrading its CPU with a faster chip I have already bought from a relative, and so I was wondering about a heatsink. No AC.
Tullio

IF it has a windchill-design, you are right about not taking off the panels!

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RE: Cooling? Consider all

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Cooling? Consider all the effort in fans for getting heat out of a case. Why keep it in the case in the first place? Take the cover or side panel off and leave it off. I have been doing that for 25 years and never had a problem. This way there is no "inside" temperature of the case. It all convects away.

If that still bothers you set up a small fan to blow on the open motherboard. I mean like a cheap six inch fan from the local drug store. I have never found a need for it but if it makes you feel better it will guarantee the air temp around the parts is always the same as room temperature. You can't get any better than that.

What do you do to prevent things like dust-build-up in your rig? Or do you clean it very regularly? And do you have any pets that shed hair, and themselves :) , all around the house?

I'm saying there could be other reasons to leave the side panel on.

Jeroen
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I keep my systems open-air on

I keep my systems open-air on motherboard trays in a rack and have some fairly large fans blowing air on various parts of the boards to keep all the parts cool. The open air setup also allows for installing very large heatsinks that may not always fit in an ATX case depending on the design of the case. I also install micro-heatsinks on all the various warm spots on the boards since the CPU and GPUs are continuously loaded. I have found this to help with longevity of the components.

Keeping the systems open air is also handy for dust cleanup due to the time it otherwise would take to open each case. Once a month I shut everything down and air out the boards using an air compressor. I've had this kind of setup for several years now and to date have not had any component failures.

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RE: RE: My SUN M20 Manual

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My SUN M20 Manual says not to take away the side panel for more than 10 minutes. My front panel is a mesh like a radiator in an old Lancia car. The engineering design of this WS is superior to that of the average PC. It has been running 24/7 since January 2008. I only added RAM, a second disk and a RW/DVD. But I am thinking of upgrading its CPU with a faster chip I have already bought from a relative, and so I was wondering about a heatsink. No AC.
Tullio

IF it has a windchill-design, you are right about not taking off the panels!

And the main reason for keeping an ordinary ATX case on is to minimise RFI from getting into and escaping out of the case. Thats why there are blanking plastes over the slots at the back and the CD slots at the front. Sometimes the cables to the frontpanel buttons and LEDs have ferrite filters too.

I have a portable radio beside one of my machines and if the lid's removed I can instantly tell what type of BOINC task is running by the type of nasty buzzing on top of the local radio station.

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RE: RE: RE: My SUN M20

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My SUN M20 Manual says not to take away the side panel for more than 10 minutes. My front panel is a mesh like a radiator in an old Lancia car. The engineering design of this WS is superior to that of the average PC. It has been running 24/7 since January 2008. I only added RAM, a second disk and a RW/DVD. But I am thinking of upgrading its CPU with a faster chip I have already bought from a relative, and so I was wondering about a heatsink. No AC.
Tullio

IF it has a windchill-design, you are right about not taking off the panels!

And the main reason for keeping an ordinary ATX case on is to minimise RFI from getting into and escaping out of the case. Thats why there are blanking plastes over the slots at the back and the CD slots at the front. Sometimes the cables to the frontpanel buttons and LEDs have ferrite filters too.

I have a portable radio beside one of my machines and if the lid's removed I can instantly tell what type of BOINC task is running by the type of nasty buzzing on top of the local radio station.

ive got an "air band" radio, turn it on, and open up the "front door" on my other system and you can listen to the hard drive "talk" :) thats if i have all of the CFL lights off in the house other wise all i hear is them.

seeing without seeing is something the blind learn to do, and seeing beyond vision can be a gift.

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