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So I decided to do a case mod...

I had two 80mm fans that I put on the side vent next to the graphics card, thinking this would help keep that cool and also blow on the chipset. System temp has been really low (30c) even under extreme load. It used to reach 40c. all other temps remain normal under load, but the gpu does get 3 degrees cooler under idle to 28-29c.

But when I'm gaming, the GPU just blows its hot air around and it eventually makes the CPU hotter. And these fans make no difference on load temps for anything but the Motherboard (I guess thats good).

Anyway, I decided I was going to cut a hole in the bottom of the case and mount one of the fans directly below the GPUs fan. So I took all the parts out of the case. When I got done with the hole, I didn't feel like putting it all back in the case, so I just plugged everything together on my desktop and played some bf3. biggrin.gif

I noticed that the temps are WAAAY lower (7-8C lower) while even load, for both the CPU. I would expect this a bit since there is no build up of heat, but the GPU was the same temps. So I was thinking maybe the horizontal orientation of the motherboard allows the HSF to work more efficiently since gravity pulls the liquid in the heat pipes back to the CPU. If this is not the case, then I need much better airflow in my case.

I also noticed that these Cyclone fans on the GPU blow most of the air to the side, which would be right at the fans I had. So they were blowing at each other. redface.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom 965 BE ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer MSI R9 285 Gaming Team Xtreme 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
seagate SATA intel ssd Sony DVD Burner Corsair H110 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
140mm case fan x2 Windows 7 Insignia LG L1932TQ 
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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 OCZ 750w Fatality Fractal Design Define R4 Tt esport Talon 
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yes Logitech 5.1 
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