Maybe I should have! I got a 24Ē monitor yesterday (Samsung 245BW) got it all setup, did a few tests, no dead pixels, a few games, etc. I was all Oooo and ahhh, wow this is cool, you know the feeling. So I start a movie playing, and about 20% folding in the background, and off I go to get something to eat. When I get back, boom, the whole thing is shut down. WTH! After a bit of testing it turns out my case temp is 37C with 1280x1024, and 43C with 1920x1200. Just enough to send the CPU into thermal shutdown. This case is a HTPC and I know it was running very hot, but I am closer to edge than I thought I guess. I just didnít expect such a big jump in temps just because of resolution though.
Iím thinking of getting a Antec 900, and a EA-500 PSU today. What do you think?
Sorry, I should have been more specific, those temps are ambient inside the case. The CPU is up in the 50’s idle and 65+ loaded @1280x1024. When I set to 1920x1200, well, we’re cooking….. I’m pretty sure the shutdown temp is 80C on the PentiumD.
The more I think about it, the more it makes sense, more pixels means the CPU has to work harder, more traffic over the FSB/NB, and GPU works harder.
I have an after market cooler for the CPU, donít remember the name now. This MB was going to go into another case anyways for a Ďhand me downí, I just didnít think Iíd have to do it today. Itíll get the 1280x1024 back once my new computer is finished in a month or two, so long term it should be ok. Nothing more can be done to get this little HTPC case any cooler, it already has 8 fans, 9 including the PSU. Watercooling I tried to put in a Vantec tornado fan once. Noise wise, it lives up to its name.
I think I'll risk the 900. CC has them for a 100, and I don't like any of the ones on sale.
Check and make sure they gave you a dual link DVI cable. My 24" came with a single link cable.
I didnít check, and just unplugged the old monitor and plugged the new one in, analog. Now I know what youíre thinking, thatís stupid. But I have a devious plan. Iíll use it like this on the Ďoldí computer, and switch to digital when I get the new monster built. Itíll seem like new again!