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Re: Cheap water or aftermarket fan to cool CPU?
I saw this question and I thought I would share that I would go with the aftermarket fan. The cheap water may give slightly better proformance however, being cheap, if it leaks, your computer might sizzle. I am not currently updated on system cooling. If I find something else I'll try to let you know.
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Overclocking a processor means enabling it to operate above the manufacturer's specified frequency. Many internet sites provide instructions for overclocking. Processor manufacturers and many computer experts believe the slight gain in performance (only perceivable on CPU-intensive software) isn't worth the expense or considerable risk.
Get whatever tools you need: screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, motherboard manual, cooling hardware, etc.
2 Find out whether your motherboard can be adjusted in the BIOS setup, with jumpers or not at all.
3 Find out clock-speed limitations of the motherboard.
4 Run all Windows and any third-party diagnostic applications you have. Fix all system problems.
5 Make a complete backup of your system, documents and applications you don't have on CD-ROM. Do not overwrite these copies.
6 If you have a BIOS-adjustable motherboard, make changes according to your motherboard manual, and skip to Step 15.
7 Shut down computer.
8 Leave computer plugged in to surge suppressor.
9 Disconnect all peripherals from computer.
10 Remove cover of chassis.
11 Ground yourself to computer with any professional grounding equipment you have. Otherwise, ground yourself by touching a metal part of the chassis.
12 If your motherboard has adjustable jumpers, locate the jumpers that control the CPU speed.
13 Use needle-nose pliers to change jumper settings. Move jumpers to positions indicated in your motherboard manual for the clock speed you want. Check the internet for recommendations.
14 Install a CPU heat sink, heat-sink compound, and a specialty cooling fan, if appropriate and possible.
15 Put system back together, and reboot.
16 If computer does not boot, and CPU still works, try lowering the clock speed. If that doesn't work, restore the original configuration.
17 Check all functions, and run a CPU-intensive program.
CPUs have rated and maximum speeds. Exceeding the maximum speed is far more likely to cause problems than more conservative adjustments.
Overclocking an Intel processor explicitly voids its warranty. Other manufacturers have similar exclusions. Intel prevents overclocking of some CPUs by disabling higher multiplier settings.
Expect a shorter life for an overclocked processor, including the possibility of its immediate failure.
Prepare to deal with seemingly unrelated problems that can be caused by overclocking: destruction of other internal components, lost data, system and application crashes, and an inability to boot the system. Such problems can occur randomly or materialize well after you have altered your motherboard
If you are asking about a desktop PC, yes, they are really cheap and easy to replace. If you are asking about a laptop, it's a little bit difficult. You need to go to ebay and find a replacement fan and some laptops need complete tear down in order to replace the fan or cpu, etc. it all depends on the brand and model of the PC. Some are somewhat easy to reach the fan. I suggest you buy a Notebook cooling pad which cost really really cheap. Some are about $10. Of course there's nothing better than the internal fan of the CPU but it could be an option WHILE you take it to a repair center.
Overclocking is set from the BIOS configuration. Not all BIOS allows overclocking, it may need a BIOS upgrade.
Check the ASUS WEB site for your model motherboard.
Overclocking the CPU (ie running at a higher clock speed) and increasing Frontside bus speed will give better performance BUT there is a downside too, if you overclock too high you could overheat the CPU and it could fail.
I would look at the cpu's before judging the fans on this, also if everything checks out with the cpu's then why don't you try a compund that goes on the cpu before the fan, this compond is safe and will knock like 6-10 C off the top of the heat. Also You need two fans blowiing out and one blowing in and do not interupt the ariflow, make sure you have no holes,such as missing slot covers ETC ETC.. there is not real rocket science to cooling on this manner, Thank you
When the CPU overheats it shuts down especially if you overclock it.
Did you put any heatsink compound between the CPU and the heatsink (this aids heat transfer from the CPU to the heatsink/fan)?
Your BIOS may have a setting that can adjust the CPU fan speed/temperature.
You can install additional fan/s in the case to draw more air into the computer case.
To further cool the CPU, you might have to install a better and more efficient cooling heatsink/device/fan on the CPU.
Alright, Ive gone through this company before for my own cooling needs with my Micro System. SO i trust them.
Here is just a few idea's. Im not sure what your budget is (if you have one, i wish i had none lol)
For your Video Card http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7466/ex-blc-485/Innovatek_Cool-Matic_9800_GTX_Full_Card_Liquid_Cooling_Block_501367.html?tl=g30
And the Rest of the case, to keep everything on Ice for smooth performance http://www.frozencpu.com/products/2385/ex-wat-76/Swiftech_H20-APEX_ULTRA_Series_Liquid_Cooling_Kit_Universal_Mount.html?tl=g30
These are my suggestions. Take it or Dont. I would use those in a a Full ATX system in a heartbeat, i do use the Video Card Coolant piece as we speak, because, as everyone knows.... Micro systems generate a lot of heat in a super small space. Torching ones system is never what the person wants.
Upgrading is to replace a part or software with a newer and/or better one. You can just buy and install any component in a PC, laptops are a bit difficult to upgrade, but okay.
I think you are talking about overclocking. Upgrading can be done limitlessly until all the parts are working and compatible.
Overclocking is to configure a hardware component to make it work like a more expensive one. But it will cause it to overheat, and maybe even reboot erratically if not done correctly.
You will certainly get better performance, but you will instantly void the warranty on it and even reduce its life. Even, overclocking requires special and in most cases, very non user-friendly software. You may also need extremely good cooling systems (like good fans and heatsinks). Otherwise it may practically melt the chips.
On a desktop, it is easy as you can buy better fans and there is more space for water cooling systems.