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For the moment I have a crappy 20$ case with the side cover off and I was wondering if I get a new +-100$ case will I see temperatures drop mainly for the gpu .
Summer has arrived and the GTX 480 heats up to 91°C with the fan at 85%.
    
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I could very well be wrong but I don't think any case can compete with a case with the covers off for heat dissipation.

You would be best off with a test bed platform directly in front of an air conditioner... lol.

So, unless you have a horrible wiring mess disturbing airflow, getting a new air cooled case isn't going to make much of a difference. Even a more efficient case still probably won't compete with a case with the covers off. You may want to upgrade to a better GPU cooler and efficient, high-flow fans attached/pointed towards it/whatever, etc...
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I have a 120mm strapped on the gpu running at max speed.It dropped the temps by 4-5°C But it's still to hot.I have very good cable management,no cables are disturbing the airflow.
I was thinking that a very good airflow in the case could help.I don't really care about aesthetics ,only performance and noise.
Edited by Yetyhunter - 5/27/11 at 2:55am
    
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I could very well be wrong but I don't think any case can compete with a case with the covers off for heat dissipation.

You would be best off with a test bed platform directly in front of an air conditioner... lol.

So, unless you have a horrible wiring mess disturbing airflow, getting a new air cooled case isn't going to make much of a difference. Even a more efficient case still probably won't compete with a case with the covers off. You may want to upgrade to a better GPU cooler and efficient, high-flow fans attached/pointed towards it/whatever, etc...
with the side panel off, the way most fans push air, any half decent case will out perform a cheap case with the side off, since the side panel(s) help keep the airflow of the fans going through the case, i'm not talking about heatsinks with fans, but passive heatsink like the ones on the motherboard and memory, they run cooler with the side panel on, sure the cpu and gpu might run a few degrees hotter due to the heat dump from the ram and motherboard heatsinks, but you get overall better stability when it comes to overclocking

you can't just sit there and think about only 2 parts that are effected by having a side panel off, when it comes to stability, motherboard heatsinks are usually more important for overclocking, once you have a decent heatsink on your cpu anyways, you also tend to get better voltage regulation from the psu, since a ton of dust isn't getting into it, and it has higher airflow over its heatsinks
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post #5 of 18
I agree that with the side cover on you get a better directed airflow and overall better performance. You can pick up several good cases for under 100 that come with decent fans included that should fix several problems for you. I also agree with the motherboard temp. While the Sandy Bridge chip runs pretty cool in general, the motherboard it sits in and your GPU get pretty hot. Good directed airflow and a good case with proper installation will be your best bet.
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With a closed case you have limited airflow, even with a lot of fans. Every time I've suffered from an overheating problem, it was solved by removing the cover.

Unless you're running very high output fans and a lot of them, I still believe you'll have better cooling without the covers.

At least, with every case I've ever had... and both of my last two systems were wind tunnels.
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Taking that money and investing it into a water cooling system would get you better results than changing the case
    
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post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by xenophobe View Post
With a closed case you have limited airflow, even with a lot of fans. Every time I've suffered from an overheating problem, it was solved by removing the cover.

Unless you're running very high output fans and a lot of them, I still believe you'll have better cooling without the covers.

At least, with every case I've ever had... and both of my last two systems were wind tunnels.
i was going to debate about this then i just though the internet is full of so many arguments as it is, i say we agree to disagree
i won't even give anecdotal evidence to support my side since i don't want to argue with some random guy on the internet about it
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The motherboard stays very cool all the time ,under 35°C.Same goes for the cpu with the Cooler Master 212+ heatsink which keeps it under 60°C.
My main problem is the heat from the GPU which jumps to 80°C in seconds of game play and it sounds like a running vacuum cleaner. The price of a good VGA cooler =~ a decent case. This is my dilemma.
    
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The motherboard stays very cool all the time ,under 35°C.Same goes for the cpu with the Cooler Master 212+ heatsink which keeps it under 60°C.
My main problem is the heat from the GPU which jumps to 80°C in seconds of game play and it sounds like a running vacuum cleaner. The price of a good VGA cooler =~ a decent case. This is my dilemma.
Well, I think a new GPU cooler would be a better idea if that's all you are having problems with. Buying a new case won't have a huge impact on just your GPU.

Personally, I just bit the bullet and I'll be watercooling in a few days when the parts get here. It's expensive but should be worth it.
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