So I may end up stripping my PC and rebuilding it with a few new components in a new case. Thought this would be the best forum for that, apologies if it's not. I'll start by saying that I bought a new top end cyberpowerpc about a year ago.
Ok so those are the components I currently have in my computer. Problem is, idle temps on my GPUs are at 56 and 62 deg c respectively, and yesterday playing BF3 at 2560x1600 GPU #1 got up to 97 degrees before I decided to shut it down. CPU is idling at 34 deg c, and got up to 80 deg c after 15 minutes of prime 95 at blend setting. Nothing is overclocked.
I think the case is a lot to blame for the high temperatures. There seems to be an extreme lack of airflow (as the air vents from the bottom and the top (the motherboard is on top). I'm not sure if it's worth finding someone to mod the case to add a side fan or 2. The 2 GPUs are right on top of each other (i.e. not in slots 2/6, but 2/4 of my PCI slots). There is no room for them to breath, and there are wires that are keeping me from putting the bottom GPU further apart from the top one. I also believe this is a case issue.
I think watercooling might be a good solution. Main problem is, I know nothing about actually putting together a computer and the whole process intimidates me. But 97 degree graphics cards are unacceptable, and my CPU seems to be quite hot under load even though it's not overclocked. Room is around 23.3 deg c for ambient temperature.
So my questions are: What case would be best? I'm looking for good side fans to help cool the GPUs, as well as room to separate the GPUs so they're not on top of each other. I'm also looking for better cooling for my CPU so I can overclock it a bit and help unbottleneck my GPUs. Also, are any other components worth upgrading? As I said, I'm upgrading my HD to a SSD, and my GPUs and CPU are still great. If watercooling is the best way to go, what is a good watercooling kit?
Also, can anyone recommend what I should do as to putting this together? I'm afraid to do it myself, and I have no idea if there are any sort of local shops (maybe microcenter?) that would assemble this for me. I don't think cyberpowerpc would be of much help in this case even though it's still under warranty.
Any suggestions on where to go to fix this and what I should be fixing would be of great help! Thanks.
Also I'm running on 2 monitors, so that would partially explain my higher GPU idle temps. But they're still too high.
If you want the top cooling performance it's hard to go wrong with Silverstone Fortress FT02.
The design works so that it pulls air from the bottom with three 180mm fans and pushes it up through the cpu cooler and video cards.
The motherboard is positioned so that that part that is usually in the back is on the top. And as heat rises is goes up so the video cards can push the hot air out easier.
The design is also available in the Raven 02 and raven 03, but personally I find the FT02 to be the most pleasing to look at with the simplistic looks.
Most likely the 2 monitors do explain the high temps for idle.