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But how does the quality of the Lightning edition compare to the DCII?

If they're roughly the same, I might go with the MSI cuz I'm in love with the cooler design.

Lightning is a pretty good card and if you love the design then you should go with it then. I remember read a thread from another member saying that his Lightning GTX580 is too loud but probably a faulty card.
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I see that the Lightning exhausts most of the hot air into the case.

Will the stock fans on the Phantom be able to take care of the heat?
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I'm using the 2 top fans as exhaust while 2x 120mm side fans and front for intake. Unfortunately the H70 and probably the H50 too are too thick, we can't really mount a 200mm to the side. I can say that the 2x 200mm exhaust on top do pretty good job but it'd be perfect if we could put the 200mm on the side for intake, need some more fresh air.
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Yeah... I'll be using the H70 so no side fan for me.

How's the temperatures with the 2 top exhaust?

EDIT: Btw, which fans do I buy to match the stock 200mm. I hear that you need the NZXT ones because of the size of the fan.

And also, are the LEDs on the case or are they on the fan? I want the second 200mm and front 140mm to shine blue just like the stock ones.
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I want to buy Asus gtx 580 direct ii 3gb if they ever make one
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Yeah... I'll be using the H70 so no side fan for me.

How's the temperatures with the 2 top exhaust?

EDIT: Btw, which fans do I buy to match the stock 200mm. I hear that you need the NZXT ones because of the size of the fan.

And also, are the LEDs on the case or are they on the fan? I want the second 200mm and front 140mm to shine blue just like the stock ones.

Temps are ok with the 2 top exhaust but i do get lower temp if i take off the side panel so that's evidence that we need the side fan. The H70 Rad's top will be very CLOSE to the top 200mm right above it.
The 2x Blue led 200mm fans i got are from NZXT biggrin.gif. I filled out an RMA form and they sent me 2x blue led 200mm and a blue led 140mm for free (very nice). So i'm not sure if other brands would fit in or not.
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I'm looking at their fans on Newegg and it doesn't seem to have blue LEDs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146002&cm_re=nzxt_fan-_-35-146-002-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146004&cm_re=nzxt_fan-_-35-146-004-_-Product

Are these the ones you're using? Or are there others that are specifically with the LEDs?
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I see that the Lightning exhausts most of the hot air into the case.

Will the stock fans on the Phantom be able to take care of the heat?

well yes..
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I'm looking at their fans on Newegg and it doesn't seem to have blue LEDs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146002&cm_re=nzxt_fan-_-35-146-002-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835146004&cm_re=nzxt_fan-_-35-146-004-_-Product

Are these the ones you're using? Or are there others that are specifically with the LEDs?

Nope, i'm using the NZXT Blue led 200mm fans and i think it's only available thru NZXT.
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IMO Fermi is just too damn hot for double slot cooling, and I've been quadruple slot cooling cards since the 8800GT (Accelero S1 + 120mm fan, worked on a 4850 and 5850 as well)

and I could get away with it as well because I never messed with CF or SLI for the longest time until I dabbled with SLI GTX470s, something that drove me to noise canceling headphones

I've since reverted back to single card solution and will likely be seeking out aftermarket cooling that is triple slot or greater from here on out, just too many disadvantages with multiple cards and dual slot cooling for my liking
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