Usually when I play DiRT 3 or Dungeons and Dragons Online on Ultra I'm pulling pretty decent FPS but my temps will hit 70 C unless I turn off the automatic mode and crank the fan to 60%, when I'm not gaming I keep it in automatic mode and maintain a steady temperature of about 40 C. What I'm wondering about is will cranking up the fan to 60% while gaming cause my fan's life expectancy to be significantly lowered? And is 70 C still a safe temp for video cards to run on for several hours?
Intel Core i7 2600K (I Had an $80 off coupon if you must know)
16 GB Kingston HyperX RAM (Yes I had a huge coupon here too)
Sapphire Radeon 6870 (Can you say Coupon)
Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate (Can you say 80% discount)
Download msi Afterburner and set a fan profile. 70+ temps are normal for stock profiles as the noise.is kept.down with lower fan speeds. Afterburner will allow you to Manually adjust an arc with 1% to 1c ratio to help keeps temps down and noise to a minimum when you dont need the cooling