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Water is fun, my SLIed 480s never see 60C. but its definitely not worth it unless you've already done the cpu.
I have had VERY bad luck in the past with water cooling.. (Destroyed haldf of my build once and then had to trash the other. It was done correctly, and I was just very unlcuky with circumstances, so I am staying away from liquid cooling)


Also my cpu doesn't go above 40c maybe hits 60 max at full load. And its air cooled by a beastly Noctua NH-D14. (I wish they made coolers for video cards)
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don't want to do that. I am usually running 2 games off of it at same time on 2x monitors. (Also its known for getting very hot)

It idles at 70c...
You could still undervolt it, could help quite a bit.

What is the stock voltage?
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custom fan profile works wonders
This, all the way.
If I leave my fan on auto, it'll push my card into low 90s too. I once had it at 107C when playing battlefield. Didn't notice that the fan was stuck at 40%.
With my custom fan profile and 30C ambient , it gets to 75C tops with 100% fan speed.
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post #14 of 25
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I was also thinking of replacing the 230mm front fan which is located about here:



Any suggestions for a decent fan?

I was also looking at one of these to stick in the case and cool things down a bit:
SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Fan
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always remember that the metal plate in the front is an EXTERNAL HEATSINK so try to take advantage of this by blowing cool air on it.
i say a side fan blowing on it should do wonders for it. i dont have a HAF, but i think my CM690 II's 1 fan front intake, 2 fans on the side, one fan on the bottom, 1 fan on the back and 2 exaust fans on the top should do the trick for a cool system.

btw use custom fan profiles! they saved my XFX 5830 from catastrophic ATOMIC MELTDOWN! these 5830s have horrible auto fan settings

there is always aftermarket coolers, but they WILL use 3 slots!
and there is WC, but as u know its quite expensive
    
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HAF932 is already an excellent air cooling case. If you are using all the stock fans, and still wish to improve the temp of your GTX480, I suggest you look into these 3 areas:-

1. Make sure you clean out all the dust inside your GTX480 heatsink. This is basically a regular maintenance step.

2. Replace the stock side panel 230mm fan with two to four 120mm fans. These fans should be speed adjustable so that you can experiment to find their optimal speed.

One of the intake fans will be dedicated to cool the GTX480. It is to be fitted with a 120mm-to-80/92mm adapter (eg pics 1 and 2) together with a 80/92mm air duct (eg pic 3) which is be attached (by double-sided tape) onto the card shroud, covering the intake fan of your GTX480. This ensures 100% ample fresh ambient air reaching the card. See pic 4.

3. Ventilation outside the case
This is a common area missed by many people who have put their sole focus inside the case. Make sure the region to the rear of your 932 is well ventilated. If hot air is accumulated in that region, the cooling efficiency of your card decreases. Give at least 6'' clearance. Even better is to provide active ventilation by putting a small fan pointing to that region. From my experience with a pair of hot 8800GTXs, temperature could be shaved off as much as 5C.



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This, all the way.
If I leave my fan on auto, it'll push my card into low 90s too. I once had it at 107C when playing battlefield. Didn't notice that the fan was stuck at 40%.
With my custom fan profile and 30C ambient , it gets to 75C tops with 100% fan speed.
Wow I feel very stupid atm.. Wasn't using it.. It helped ALOT!!

But I think I will still be getting another fan for the case.
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I also was wondering how much work it is to install a aftermarket cooler into a video card? And whats the risk? (I haven't done much modding yet.)
Not a lot of work at all, you just have to be careful and not get clumsy. If you can install a CPU heatsink, I'm certain that you can do a GPU one as well, you just have some extra steps in gluing the heatsinks on the VRAM and such, which isn't hard to do at all.
 
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Wow I feel very stupid atm.. Wasn't using it.. It helped ALOT!!

But I think I will still be getting another fan for the case.
How are your temps now?
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HAF932 is already an excellent air cooling case. If you are using all the stock fans, and still wish to improve the temp of your GTX480, I suggest you look into these 3 areas:

2. Replace the stock side panel 230mm fan with two to four 120mm fans. These fans should be speed adjustable so that you can experiment to find their opti
This sounds like a great idea! Will definitely take a look at getting the side fan replaced?

Any suggestions as to 120mm fans?

I was looking at the SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Fan's
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