So, I have a pretty slick PC for what I use it for, a Core 2 Duo E6400, an ATI Radeon x1950 Pro, and two 200 GB Samsung SATA HDD's.
The thing is, the motherboard is mini-ATX, so everything is smashed together.
I can run Team Fortress 2 maxed out with HDR, anisotropic filtering, and anti-aliasing, but my graphics card overheats.
Ok, so to solve that I turned anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing off, and capped my frame limit at 55 manually.
So my graphics card didn't overheat. But after four hours of continual play, my hard drive overheating (I am guessing), my PC froze, and started droning a beeping sound.
A restart to my Windows desktop again froze and started droning.
So I turned it off for the night. It seems to be working ok now, I'm assuming because it's cooled down.
What should I do? The x1950 Pro's fan is so close to the PCI card below it that the airflow is restricted, but the motherboard layout forces me to use all the PCI slots.
The hard-drives are mounted near the front of my case (no window on my side), where there is no fan available. The other two fans are on the processor itself, one larger fan jerry-rigged with one screw on the side blowing inwards, and a large fan on the back also blowing inwards.
The airflow in the case is terrible.
Maybe if I took out the TV Tuner card I could allow the video card more airflow or whatnot, but that may not solve my HDD problems.
Any assistance or ideas are appreciated, thanks!
Sep 22 2007, 6:50 am