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August 28, 2013 8:42:21 AM

Hey guys heres my pc:

Case: CiT 2206 Black Midi Case

PSU : Cit 600W Gold Edition PSU 12cm 24-Pin SATA Power Supply

Motherboard:MSI 760GM P21

CPU: FX 4100

RAM :4GB

GPU: XFX 6870 1GB

The 6870 reaches up to 90degrees celcuius at bf3 max settings which is too high for me.

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August 28, 2013 9:04:13 AM

That's pretty hot -- Tom's only hit 50C under load HERE. How is your case ventilation and is the case sitting in a small area or open to the room? I'd start with cleaning up the cables and adding some case fans to the side and rear openings.
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August 28, 2013 9:21:15 AM

Beast has most likely nailed it, but if that doesn't reduce your card temps, the next step would be to remove the heatsink form the card, clean the old thermal paste from both the heatsink and card contact points with 90%+ alcohol, and apply fresh paste (a tube of arctic silver or other high-quality composition will run ~$10)
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August 28, 2013 9:38:37 AM

I will add that you are pushing that card to much if you are trying to run BF3 at max settings on a HD 68701gig card. What resolution are you running BF3 at?
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August 28, 2013 12:39:27 PM

My resolution is only 1280x1024 and my case is in a small area also i reapplied the thermal paste 3 months ago even at the high setting preset it reaches 85 degrees i can only play on maps like operation metro otherwise it has lag spikes occasionally and then crashes
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August 28, 2013 12:47:13 PM

Did you ever put in any case fans on the two spots that are available for fans? If not, do it now. An 80mm on the side and a 92mm on the rear. For now, take the side of the case off and aim a floor fan at it.
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August 28, 2013 1:00:18 PM

RealBeast said:
Did you ever put in any case fans on the two spots that are available for fans? If not, do it now. An 80mm on the side and a 92mm on the rear. For now, take the side of the case off and aim a floor fan at it.


I have a 92mm fan at the back i'm looking to upgrade my case and power supply as they are quite cheap also i think my 6870 is not enough so i will need a better current gen gpu, also is a sparkle gtx 580 good as if found a cheap one on ebay.
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August 28, 2013 1:12:32 PM

That is actually not too bad of a GPU and personally I would keep using it until the next gen stuff comes out (Oct to Feb depending on who you believe) since it will really drop prices on the latest stuff. I would agree on a big case and a high quality efficient PSU.

If your ambient room temps are high, big full towers with loads of fans or water cooling are the way to go. And if the machine sits in a small space a small floor fan can work wonders.
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August 28, 2013 1:30:09 PM

Can you recommend me case a power supply that has cable management.
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August 28, 2013 2:15:09 PM

I've been using a lot of Seasonic fully modular units this past year as I've done a lot of HTPC and small footprint bulds, but they are too expensive IMO compared to a standard high quality PSU if you are not using a small case.
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