So I am buying a new computer soon and we have finally decided on a not quite good computer, but decent enough to play what it needs to.
I kind of have a problem, because I am buying a GTX 480 (for $200) off of Newegg, and although it is the best card (by far) to get for that money I am kind of scared of it because of the extreme temperatures that it (reportedly) goes up to whenever you play.
NZXT PHANTOM 410 GAMING CASE WHITE
iBuypower Custom Liquid Cooling
Motherboard Name: GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H
Dimensions: 20.9" x 20.3" x 8.5"
So bottom line this does (apparently) come with liquid cooling for (I assume) the CPU. This takes care of that, however I still (probably) need liquid cooling for the GTX 480 since I have yet to find anything that works better, and in theory and in tests the liquid-cooled GTX 480 should use a bit less watts while standing by, and noticeably less while running at full capacity.
I need some help! I also realize I may need to change my power supply because 600W does not seem sufficient for the GTX 480, however if possible I would like to not do that since I am already close to $300 over my budget for this machine and do not aim to go much higher.
Also; if you have a different idea to cool the GTX 480, please tell me! I am open to any type of cooling that is shown to work, but so far I have seen that fans do not make the heat dissipate fast enough, so I would be stuck with a super high temperature for my video card.
I guess I should tell you guys what I aim to be able to do with this machine too- I want to be able to play Creative Assembly's Rome II Total War at Ultra for everything once it comes out in late 2013. This should approximately be the same as Shogun 2 Total War at ultra settings too.
Why don't you just run the 480GTX as is, first, and see how it works out for you before getting concerned it will run too hot, we have members that have overclocked it using a stock cooler, so just worry about a problem when you actually have one.
^ Quite true. If you have no real intentions or desires to watercool, then why try to find reasons? Good case airflow and a maintained cooler should be fine. If you are worried, pull the stock cooler, replace the pasty factory thermal paste with some good TIM, re-install the cooler and you should easily see a bit of temp improvement at load.