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Windows 7: cpu chassis fan configuration. which is correct?

18 Jun 2012   #11

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Thermal compound or thermal paste is a material that is used to enhance the surface heat transfer from the CPU to the radiator fins that the fan is blowing cooler air over to keep the CPU cool. I would say that the paste or thermal compound isn't likely bad but it can dry up and does benefit from being re-applied after both surfaces are cleaned properly. There are lots of great You-tube videos available to tutor you on this process. In regards to a new case for air flow it's hard for me to guide you as I don't really have a great overall view of your case now and I don't know what kind of budget you have. When you add up a case, some fans, new thermal paste and your time and energy for a few hundred more you may be able to get a whole new rig. I would think about where you want to take this hobby and if you see yourself wanting to learn more and be very hands on then invest in a great case and PSU by a premier manufacturer. Then transfer what you have over and when your wallet recovers then look into a new mobo, CPU, ram and graphics card if you are so compelled.

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18 Jun 2012   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

If you take a look at my set up I'm a bit of a cooling nut. I like quiet, cool and clean computers. If you purchase a quality case such as a Corsair 400R then you have room for a sealed, or non sealed water cooler and or any of the premium air cooled solutions.
Corsair CC-9011011-WW Carbide Series 400R Mid Tower Gaming Case - ATX, mATX, 4x Ext 5.25 Bays, 6x Int 3.5 Bays, 2x 120mm White LED Fans, 1x 120mm Fan, 2x USB 3.0 and 1x FireWire Front Ports at TigerDirect
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