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Summer has arrived, and my PC generates enough heat to raise the temperature of my room by as much as 1° per hour on a good day. since I'm not playing games all the time but I do have other uses for my PC (homework, music, chatting, etc.), I'm looking for a program that will let me underclock my processor a bit (say, down to Athlon 2400 speeds) to help with the heat creation somewhat. Is there any software solution, or am I forced to change my BIOS settings every time? also, how low can I safely take this processor w/o frying my motherboard or processor?
 

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u can underclock as mush as you want with no problems. your best bet is to just lower your fsb or multiplier in the bios and save the settings. maybe you should invest in a better hsf for your cpu and more case fans.
 

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I'm not worried about the temp inside the PC, that stays cool (relatively). Its the temp inside my room that bothers me.
 

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That's because your fan dumps all the heat out of the core and into your room :)

Get a heat sink to absorb the heat, still. This way, there should be less heat going out into your room.
 

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I think the processor has very little to contribute to your room temp. Unless you have your side panel open. I barely notice any heat from my computer because it's on the bottom of my desktop table so any heat is probably stuck down there. The heat for me come from the big crt 19" monitor.
 

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sims said:
I think the processor has very little to contribute to your room temp. Unless you have your side panel open. I barely notice any heat from my computer because it's on the bottom of my desktop table so any heat is probably stuck down there. The heat for me come from the big crt 19" monitor.
WoW ..
here my big crt 19" also gives alot of heat ..
also the side panel of the case is open, which lowered the cpu and case temp by 8 celcius ..
Ive got about 9 fans in my case in total ..
also I know that hot air goes up and cold air goes down ...
so try putin' the case under a window or in high place so the hot air will stay high ... :)
also when my uncle was abroad I took his mobile AC and put it in the side of the panel and it lowered the temps by another 12 celcius .. :)
 

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That's because your fan dumps all the heat out of the core and into your room :)

Get a heat sink to absorb the heat, still. This way, there should be less heat going out into your room.
...?

How does a heat sink "absorb" heat? Isn't this a violation of the 1st law of thermodynamics?

Heat sinks disperse heat, they do not absorb it. Any way you look at it, you will be generating X amount of energy in the form of heat. Now, you can disperse the heat into a greater area with a heat sink, but you still have the same amount of energy in the form of heat... just not all focused in one place. All the way cool fans and heat sinks in the world won't help with his room temperature problem - he is pursuing the correct COA to solve his problem.

In answer to the original question, yes, underclock by reducing your CPU multipler in your BIOS (That's how I'm underclocking, though not for temperature reasons). Bear in mind there may be other equipment generating that heat besides your CPU - for example, your power supply - so this may not be a final solution.
 
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