This isn’t my first rodeo building PCs, however this is my first attempt at building a small form factor PC. So I am in the beginning of a complete network overhaul. My end goal is to upgrade from an Asus RT-AC66U to managed switches and VLANs capable hardware with IDS/IPS capability.
To that end I followed user COZisBack’s build.
The differences between mine and his build is I have a Xeon E3-1260L, Intel B340 Quad Port NIC, a PCI-E riser cable and a different RAM.
My main issue is that when the Xeon is running with the top cover off it idles at an acceptable 45-47C. When I put the top cover on it shoots up to 55-58C. ARK has the max temp for the Xeon E3-1260L as 58.6C. It’s very concerning to me that it runs so hot. Did I pick a bad case for the CPU? I know that the Xeon is a 45W TDP CPU but I didn’t think it would run that hot with a covered case. I’m also not sure if having a hotter house due to an old AC that can’t really keep it cooler than 77 on a hot day is part of the problem. I know we’ll be shooting to replace the AC unit next year as Freon is banned beginning Jan 1 2020.
My question is it a combination of poor case choice and CPU the base reason for running so high on idle?