I'm using the coolermaster RC-600 case, which is a mid tower and of similar dimensions to the Antec case use for the $2000 build.
I'm about to order some nice new case fans such that I'll have 3x intake @ bottom front, 2x case side and 2x output @ top and rear top.
I'm also going to be purchasing a cpu cooler that should just all the cpu heat out the top of the case.
My question is; does anyone know of a good aftermarket cooling solution that will work with the cards in SLI configuration? Bear in mind that these cards are physically v. close and I'm almost certain it wont fit in any other PCI slot configuration so I need something that adds no extra depth to the cards.
The option I have been looking at is the thermalright spitfire, if I buy the mounting bracket it should be compatible, however I'm unsure as to the ram/pcb cooling and whether it will fit in my case.
have you first tested the system to see where it tops out? there are a few users here that are running 470's in SLI w/ stock coolers. Unless your ambient is higher than normal I see no reason to buy AM coolers for both cards.
correct me if im wrong but the RC-600 case only has one intake fan and is not considered "great" when it comes to overall airflow. The Antec 200/300/600 would have been a better buy since all 3 cases use dual 120mm front intakes.
it would also help if you use MSI's Afterburner to create a fan curve, this should help with your LOAD temps.
Get a box fan, pull the side the case, and turn the fan on full blast...run your benches and see what your temps are. If the temps stay the same, you need new coolers. If the temps drop, you have an airflow/case problem.