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'The Mod' on my GTX 580

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I've decided I now have the bare minimum supplies to perform 'The Mod' on my GTX 580 as I will have it. If you don't know what that is referring to, I'm going to attach my Antec Kuhler 620 to my GPU.

[Official] NVIDIA GPU Mod Club - AKA "The Mod"

The most basic form of the mod has you remove the heatsink but leave the fan on for your VRAM and VRM chips. That's awfully ugly though, and I hate the fan on my 580. What I decided to do instead is opt for new heatsinks. My case has two 120mm fans blowing directly at the GPU, so an extra fan is unneccessary.

Unfortunately, I'm not made of money. If I was, I would have gone with an actual water loop- CPU block, GPU block, a couple of 240 rads...

Anyway, when my wife's ASRock iCafe motherboard died I removed anything on it that was removeable like heatsinks. One of those heatsinks gave me an idea. I could save $20-30 on The Mod if I simply made my own heatsinks. Awesome! I was able to make plenty of small heatsinks for the VRMs, but there was not enough heatsink left over for the memory chips. I bought some el cheapo aluminum heatsinks on FrozenCPU, which fortunately already have the thermal adhesive tape applied. Since the VRM heatsinks obviously did not have thermal adhesive, I had to buy some of that too.

VGA Aluminum Heatsink w/ 3M 8810 Adhesive - 13mm x 13mm x 7mm - Silver

$0.85 * 12 = $10.20 + $3.99 shipping = $14.19

3M 8815 Thermally Conductive Adhesive Transfer Tape - 2" x 2"

$2.99 + $3.99 shipping = $6.98

The Kuhler I bought on eBay cheap as the Intel mount was broken.

$20.00 + $9.03 shipping = $29.03

Total cost so far: $50.20
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All heatsink pictures taken on my back porch in average daylight with my Motorola Droid 4











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Edited by Ferrari8608 - 8/9/13 at 10:57am
post #2 of 8
Your VRMs and VRAM modules can really benefit from a fan blowing air over those heatsinks, it really helped me with my universal GPU block which is pretty much what your doing. I always thought about using one of these(link) I think it would really help make those heat sinks work better. I use my side case fans but I think one of these(link) would work better. I actually have to have my side fans running to cool the VRMs and VRAM to make my OC stable. THIS or THIS.
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I'll keep that in mind. There's little point in an extra fan right now though as I don't really OC this card. Actually, I've never once raised the voltage in the two years I've owned it.

I'm really not looking forward to mounting this back on. It's a great cooler, but it really does require three hands.



Edit:

Well, that didn't happen today. I forgot about being out of TIM. I will also be needing a T7 screwdriver for the GPU. Tomorrow! I got some more pics of my PC and stuff in it today. It's in desperate need of cleaning. I'll post them up when I get off work.
Edited by Ferrari8608 - 8/4/13 at 1:54pm
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THIS IS WHAT I DID TO MY GTX560 Like It?
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I remember when companies were building those vga h2o kits. I actually bought on of them for one of my x1950xts back in the day. It ran cool but was a tad noisy for my taste. Always interested in creative cooling mods like this. Looking forward to progress.
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Man I've been busy. I decided as well as modding my GPU I would also mod my case. The motherboard has been flipped around in an inverted orientation. I haven't powered on the PC yet, so no temps unfortunately. Somehow eight screws went missing, and now I can't mount my second HDD.

Anyway,



Edited by Ferrari8608 - 8/9/13 at 11:00am
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Nice mod, you will definitely enjoy the lower temps. Once you get those low of temps on a GPU, you'll never want anything different, aka air cooling
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I remember when companies were building those vga h2o kits. I actually bought on of them for one of my x1950xts back in the day. It ran cool but was a tad noisy for my taste. Always interested in creative cooling mods like this. Looking forward to progress.
lol yea i had to sound denton the case
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