LOVE my Dell XPS Gen 5, two years old but going strong. Recently put in a new sound card (SB X-Fi Fata1ity Extreme Gamer) and video card (eVGA 8800 GTS Superclocked 320mb). Love the performance but MAN the eVGA card is LOUD, much louder than the ATI card I had in before.
Rivatuner tells me my graphics card is running around 68-70c idle depending on room ambient. The Gen 5 case fans themselves don't seem any more active than before.
Is there a way I can improve cooling on my Gen 5? From what I have read these temps are not a HUGE problem for my 8800 GTS but cooler is obviously better.
EDIT: ok I just checked and am wondering if I should move my sound card further away from the video card to help things, and possibly install a PCI slot cooler between them. Here is my setup:
---Top of Case---
> 8800 GTS
> 8800 GTS
---Bottom of Case---
I have read that the X-Fi is a hot card and don't think it's helping the situation in its present location. Thanks!
Dimension XPS Gen 5 | Pentium D 840 3.2ghz | 2gb 667mhz DDR RAM | 74gb WD Raptor SATA | eVGA 8800 GTS Superclocked 320mb | Dell Ultrasharp 2407FPW 24" LCD | SB X-Fi Fat1ity Extreme Gamer | 16X DVD | 48X CDRW | XP Pro SP-2