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[New System Build] Heat Management

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January 26, 2010 12:57:03 PM

I am building a new rig, but I have a question regarding heat transfer/management. Beyond what comes stock with the Antec Twelve Hundred, what other fans/ heat exchangers/ controllers are recommended to keep the system in a stable state. I put in a 1000W PSU, that heat has to go somewhere... I'd rather it didn't bake the new box, but I remain a bit clueless as to what is available.


CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

MOBO: ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution with NF200 3xPCIe true x16 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail


CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

GPU: 2x MSI N285GTX SuperPipe OC GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail

HDD1: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MEM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

HDD2: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ... - Retail

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
January 26, 2010 1:09:48 PM

The first thing you should do is get a reading on your system temps (CPU, GPU etc.). You should be more than fine with the stock cooling in the 1200 and the V8. Please post your results here.
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January 26, 2010 1:27:00 PM

When the parts arrive, I'll do just that. Being new to the forum, is there a recommended format for the presentation of this data?

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February 3, 2010 4:48:40 PM

I installed the CPUID monitor and the result was a max temperature on one of the 285 gpus of 78 deg Celsius. I imagine this is because the fans are experiencing higher pressure drop constraints from the adjacent 285 GPU below it in the case.

I am not sure if I can move the interfering card down to the next PCIe slot and keep it at x16. (I am using the 3 way SLi connector that came with the MOBO to connect the two cards - so I may be able to move the 2nd 285 down into the 5th PCIe slot without getting a new SLi bridge)

Everything else is golden from a temperature standpoint.

Is 78 degrees something to worry myself about on the video card (This was running 4 simultaneous sessions of World of Warcraft at ultra detail levels to stress out the cards)
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February 3, 2010 10:13:56 PM

78c is fine for a 285...especially considering they won't be running consistently that hot (probably never).

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February 3, 2010 10:37:28 PM

your cards can handle up to the 80s-90s C without any damage, 78 is fine, and plus the easiest way of stressing the GPU is Furmark.... If you max out at 78c in furmark then you are good to go. Antec 1200 and CM V8 will give you more then enough cooling plus you can always increase GPU fan speed to cool your 285's down.
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