Thanks a lot, all of you!
I have to go through all this and check it out...
Remarks / answers to you:
- my question about the CPU fan sucking the air off was also because a friend has his "old" machine this way, and I had doubts... I gave up trying on mine since I thought that the air close to the bottom of the heatsink is also close to many little heatsinks on the motherboard, so I guess it's not that cold either.
- I like the idea of a bigger fan with a convertor; I will see if I can find this. Specially because, since I don't know the specs of my current fan (the CoolerMaster CM12V, 55mm), I would be in trouble to try to compare it to a candidate for replacement...
- I am also waiting for a bit warmer days to see how it goes inside my case. Weather got colder again recently so I can't tell yet (we have a typhoon coming from Okinawa today; there must be nice images on the web; check this one for an idea though it was one day ago.
- For my case standing or laying, I did the test you mentioned: leave it like that for a while and then check the temperatures. I was wondering about other components too, like the hard disk. I guess CD is OK anyway since vertical CD players are quite common.
- I have a few doubts about the "hot air goes up" rule, since inside a case with 3 fans there must be quite a lot of turbulences, no?
- My case is a "stupid" ATX middle tower; very cheap. Must be one of the worst one can think of... :bigsmile:
2 new questions (thanks!) :
1- I saw the movie of the frying Athlon and got scared, of course . But this is only when the heatsink FALLS, right? I was wondering what would happen if my CPU fan dies suddenly... Since I put the BIOS setup on "auto shutdown" if the CPU temp goes higher than 70 degrees, am I right to think that I am safe???
2- How can I change the Vcore? I looked in the BIOS but didn't find. Do I need a special software?