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First off, apologies if this is the wrong place for posting this - I only just started here and this forum has a ton of rooms :s

Secondly, hello all. I have been lurking around these parts for a while now, and have finally decided to post

Right, down to the important stuff...

So, I have a Palit Sonic GTX 460 1GB, and I HATE the cooler. Its loud, and its crap. I am going to replace it. I don't want to spend any money at the moment though... I'm a poor student , so I have decided to make something myself... or to try, at least.

I have a Noctua 92mm fan lying around (NF-B9), and I've got some arctic silver 5 on the way. The plan is to -
- remove the crappy Palit fan and shroud (done),
clean the heatsink and IHS,
apply new paste,
re-fit the heatsink,
clip the noctua to the heatsink.

Questions then... anyone reckon its worth getting some cooling for the VRM / RAM?
At the moment, the card is sitting in a crappy InWin case with a Gentle Typhoon blowing on the side - this seemed to be doing a good job of keeping the memory cool*, but soon I will be moving the card to a BitFenix Colossus with no side fan... The loss of airflow worries me a little, as I don't want to bring the core temps down only to run into instability with the rest of the card. The way I see it, I can either (1) angle another fan at the RAM, (2) buy some simple heatsinks for the RAM, (3) do both.

Any ideas? Another option would be to attach the noctua and then to also attach a 140mm fan on top of it... is that a decent enough idea or would that disrupt the flow from the noctua somehow? The 140mm isn't particularly good, but I don't know...

So yeah, that is whats running around my head atm... any thoughts / contributions would be muchly appreciated

*I removed the fan and noticed graphical glitches in Anno 1404 without any change in the core temp - must have been down to an increased temp of the memory. Both before and after the core was set at 860 and the memory at 2200.

Oh, and sorry for the wall of text
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take a look at how I cooled my card, it's water cooling but I did a minor mod for the other bits. Check sig for project hope that helps and gives you some idea.
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mmhmm ok, I'm leaning towards picking up some cheap sinks for the ram, and maybe just attaching another 80mm fan to blow on the rest. I have some pictures atm, but I'll take more and post it all, with temp results, when I'm done

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