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Hello everyone,

So, I have a cooling problem, and I was hoping someone here could give me a bit of advice.

Basically, I recently bought another 680 Lightning to go SLI. Now I know it may have been a bit of a stupid move, as non-reference coolers just vent wherever they feel like and thus putting them in SLI tends to make them run rather warm. However, in my infinite stupidity I thought: "Well my single Lightning is running at 69C under load, surely putting a second one in there won't be that bad."

I was wrong.

Long story short, the cards get up to 90C after about an hour, and while I was willing to tolerate the 80's, 90C+ is pushing it a bit for my taste. Also, having both fans screaming at full blast is a bit annoying too. My conundrum is that the cards can play at a half decent temperature if I take the side panel off my case, but that's not something I really want to do. My question is whether a better case might help significantly, and if so some recommendations will certainly be appreciated. I was thinking about this one and adding a fan to that side panel, but if there are better cases to be had, and possibly for cheaper, I'm all for it.
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Another option besides the case would be to get two of something like this. I know those specifically could be pricey, so you could look at a different model or go back to a different case. With these, you would also have to do some funky spacing on your PCI slots.
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[Cooler Master] Megaflow 200mm Red LED Case Fan [Lian Li] 140mm Red LED Case Fan [Lian Li] 140mm Red LED Case Fan [Xigmatek] CLF 140mm Red LED Case Fan 
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[Xigmatek] CLF 80mm Red LED Case Fan [Xigmatek] CLF 80mm Red LED Case Fan [Xigmatek] CLF 120mm Red LED Case Fan [Microsoft] Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
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[Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [Dell] UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 [WASD] V2 with Cherry MX Green Switches 
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