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April 26, 2013 7:07:25 PM

I'm putting a XFX Radeon 7850 into this computer

http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/model/DT.GDDAA.0...

Considering Gateway isn't the best, and it's likely to get hot in there with that GPU, what should I do to keep it cool? I am definitely willing to cut a hole in the side of the case to house a side mounted cooling fan or whatever.

Also is it 100% necessary to put addition cooling in this thing?

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April 26, 2013 7:13:56 PM

Standard cooling should be fine. The 7850 does not use a lot of power or generate a lot of heat. I would not recommend doing anything drastic, but you could easily replace the back exhaust fan with a high quality/high airflow one.

Your big concern is that 300 watt power supply. Guru3d recommends a 500 watt power supply.
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/club3d_radeon_hd_7...
April 26, 2013 7:16:28 PM

17seconds said:
Standard cooling should be fine. The 7850 does not use a lot of power or generate a lot of heat. I would not recommend doing anything drastic, but you could easily replace the back exhaust fan with a high quality/high airflow one.

Your big concern is that 300 watt power supply. Guru3d recommends a 500 watt power supply.
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/club3d_radeon_hd_7...


Yup. I'm actually looking at PSU's right now. So far I'm looking at these 2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And putting in a higher quality rear fan is a great idea. Thanks a lot for the help.
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April 26, 2013 7:43:53 PM

Neither of those power supplies is ideal. The first one is cheap and won't supply enough power; the second one lacks a PCIe connector and is still a little light on the power.

Check out these suggestions. They have the required 6 and/or 6+2 PCIe connector and at least the minimum 24 amps on the +12V rail:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's a review of case fans. Noctua is the best, but a little more expensive.
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/120mm_and_140mm_fa...
April 26, 2013 8:00:47 PM

17seconds said:
Neither of those power supplies is ideal. The first one is cheap and won't supply enough power; the second one lacks a PCIe connector and is still a little light on the power.

Check out these suggestions. They have the required 6 and/or 6+2 PCIe connector and at least the minimum 24 amps on the +12V rail:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's a review of case fans. Noctua is the best, but a little more expensive.
http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/120mm_and_140mm_fa...


Excellent. Thanks a lot. I went with the Rosewill. It's also great that it supports crossfire though I probably won't be using that with this computer.
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