Was that fan a good buy? I'm a total overclocking noob. Any have some advice on how I can get started on this card? What's the idea temp to have my GPU at? How far can I push this card? Is it worth pushing this card? Any advice is more than welcome, thanks in advance.
My 7900GT idles @ 53c and during GRAW was sitting @ 77c, thats with the coolbits hack on optimal setting 540/784. If yours is at 55c after a bit of gaming I would'nt get too concerned about it, if however it get really hot really quick and starts to smell a bit funky you might want to reach for a fire extinguisher.
My 7800GT OC was running at 54C before cleaning and after cleaning it is running at 38C. I wouldn't really overclock your vid card because it won't be that big of a performance boost rather than ocing your cpu.
I've tried both and truth be told I get more of a performance boost by turning up the graphics card than by running the CPU at 2.4ghz (although I do crank at times) because I'm running with cheapo RAM at the moment but hopefully that will be replaced when/if the price comes down to more reasonable levels, on the plus side however the amount of heat the box chucks out means that I don't have to worry about putting on any gas heaters this winter it is a little noisy though what with 5 case fans going (1 in, 4 out ) but it does me for the moment