I have an XFX 6800XT video card and when I used the stock PSU it idled at about 50C and when playing games it rarely went above 60C. Then I bought a Corsair 620w PSU and it idles at about 70C and breaks 80 just in the beginning minutes of oblivion! XFX has set the core slowdown thresh-hold to 125C I still wonder if my temps are too high.
So are are my card's temps ok?
Note: I am planning on getting the XFX 7950GT and will probably over clock that. I order the 8800GTS but it won't fit in my case!!!
I was joking, but that really seems not so far from the truth...
In fact, sooner or later someone will think of it.
Inside if the case just became too populated.
Along with its own PSU it wil probably have its own turbo-mega-extra-ZXR4000 cooler...
well i already sent back the 8800gts, but thanks for giving me ideas, i had no idea they made extensions. The problem is I'm working off the stock Dimension 5100 case, and even though hardly anything left in there is stock, the cases were not designed for someone with a lot of add ons. I had a hell of a time trying to wire all my additions, its still cluttered as hell, but i moved it away from my cpu, video card, and ram as much as possible.
Here is all the crap i have in it, the stuff in green is everything i have added that was after market
You can see things were a little less cluttered with old PS, but again the case just wasn't designed for it,
I would just get a new case, but if i get a new case, then I'm gonna want a new mobo, so i can overclock my cpu, cuz stupid dell boards are locked on the 5100's *shakes fist at dell*, and I'd also want more sata ports built in and more pic 16x slots.
and then i'd say might as well get a new CPU... you see where I'm going?
But another question, how hard is it to change the stock cooling system on a graphics card, because i had a hell of a time trying to make my PSU go in my case?
And the 7950gt that I am planing on getting has no heat sink, and if I added a fan I could probably over clock it like crazy! Click here to see no fan! the most silent card ever! lol
If you add a fan to that card you will want to add it to the heappipes there on the side of the card. No need to replace that cooler. Just add a fan to the heatpipes that will blow the hot air twards the top of the case and your all set.
ok, and how does that get attached with hot glue? lol
In my 7950GT 256MB foxconn VC, the idle temp went down from 62-60C to 52-54C, under load from 72-70C to 65-67C (it varies on the hour you measure the temp, the intake air is cooler at night than at noon)
Consider that I have a Thermaltake tsunami case, it works very good to handle all the temp inside you system.