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possible cooling issues with a new graphics card/PSU

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July 1, 2013 6:13:53 AM

I was planning on getting the evga gtx 660 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) and the corsair cx600 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) for a prebuilt pc. I was wondering if it would possibly affect the cooling of my pc, here are my specs:
Dell inspiron 580
intel core i3 550 @3.2 ghz
6gb ram
currently 300 watt power supply (fan exhausts out back)
The computer only has 2 spaces for fans, one for a case fan, and another for the PSU (which would disappear if I upgraded it)
I was wondering if it would be possible to upgrade my graphics card and PSU without having any cooling issues (it would probably stay on 24/7)
July 1, 2013 7:19:22 AM

Most PSUs today will blow the hot air into your case, but most cases have a back exhaust fan located directly beneath the PSU. So it should not cause a problem. Would recommend the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you have not chosen one yet.

As for the graphics card, there is usually a case fan mount point on the side panel across from where the graphics card will be located. If you install the GPU and experiance a problem (you shouldn't) you can always upgrade the current fan that is mounted there with a better (and more expensive) case fan. Such as this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....
July 1, 2013 7:23:23 AM

techdude154 said:
I was planning on getting the evga gtx 660 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) and the corsair cx600 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) for a prebuilt pc. I was wondering if it would possibly affect the cooling of my pc, here are my specs:
Dell inspiron 580
intel core i3 550 @3.2 ghz
6gb ram
currently 300 watt power supply (fan exhausts out back)
The computer only has 2 spaces for fans, one for a case fan, and another for the PSU (which would disappear if I upgraded it)
I was wondering if it would be possible to upgrade my graphics card and PSU without having any cooling issues (it would probably stay on 24/7)


Also be sure that your motherboard will support the graphics card (either a 16x or 4x PCI 2.0)
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