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So after having my gpu idle at 75degrees C I sent it back to XFX who said it idled fine at 35degrees C on their machine. They did find another problem with my card and sending me out a new one.

That means it could well be my case causing the over heating. I'm going down to frys on Saturday and going to pick up a Cooler Master HAF X.

I also decided I might as well buy a second 6970. Running at 2560x1440 resolution I found that a single card is really struggling, so hopefully two will work out quite well.

Also it means I will have a new card on monday and can play swtor at more than 15fps which is what I get with my backup card.
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