Will the hard drive be ok near power supply?

October 25, 2010 at 14:20:59
Specs: Windows 7, i5 650/4g
I bought all the parts and have them all assembled in the same store, I want it to be a small pc, so I have it in a micro-ATX case. It's that small that no DVD-R will fit inside the bay without touching the PSU. I thought it's ok, I'll just get an external DVD-R. After installing everything, I thought it's time to look inside, there I saw that the Hard Drive is on the DVD-R bay, and just like an inch apart from the PSU. Their cables are like touching each other, but neatly placed. I worry if the heat generated from the PSU would cause damage to the Hard drive. The PSU (silverstone) doesn't have holes in its metal box other than the fan at the back and where the cables come front. But I can feel the heat at the top of the case. I'm just concerned.

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#1
October 25, 2010 at 20:26:31
I would definitely prefer to see it further away if at all possible. This link shows a MicroATX Minitower case:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...
and it has room for 2 external 5.25" drives, 2 external 3.5" drives, and 2 internal 3.5" drives. In this case, you would have your DVD-r drive at the top, just in front of the power supply, an empty 5.25" bay, room for a floppy drive and a front media panel on the 3.5" bays if you would like, and up to 2 hard drives below that on the internal 3.5" bays (well away from the heat).
Your case would HAVE to be MUCH smaller than this one if what you describe is the case. Look carefully to see if there is another location to mount your hard drive if possible (I actually like to put an empty bay between hard drives when possible to improve air flow).
I have seen some of the older 'compact' cases used a while back which were very small, but they had small 200watt power supplies, and they had the power supply separated from the other components with a metal barrier which created a separate air flow through the case for each section.

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October 26, 2010 at 02:42:59
Thanks for the reply, I can't view your link. So I'll just give you link of what is it like inside.

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Do I really need a new case? I really like this small case, I can put in a stroller bag and take it with me going home for the holidays. Laptops is just not for me.


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#3
October 26, 2010 at 04:59:35
It is not as bad as I thought. I guess I imagined that the drive was sharing a side, like it was stacked just below it with little space between. You should be OK, but if it would make you feel better, you can monitor many of your computer's temperatures with a program called Speedfan. If your reported temperatures are 30-45c at idle and 50-60c or so under load, you should be good overall in your case, especially if load temperatures drop fairly quickly when you let the load drop. Most of those temperatures are fine even higher, but I would worry about overall heat if it does not drop quickly if say your CPU temp reaches 70c or above at peak loads since I assume you are not overclocking.

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#4
October 26, 2010 at 21:31:52
Whew, I felt a lot better now after you saying that. I may need something simpler than Speedfan, but I definitely will use what you wrote as a temperature guide. Thanks a lot, and sorry for the late reply.

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