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gtx 260 first time mod

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First of all let me thank you guys for taking up all my free time. Really, I cant get this stuff out of my head. Now I dont know if thats a good thing or not , but I shur am having fun. Ok I was looking at graphic card temps when I came across this site, Hooked:D. So I thought hey I got an old card I dont use, and I just up graded my system. I was still useing an old 1366 x58 classified with a 940 i7. Got the new Hasswell with an i5 4670k thinking of more upgrades opps. That path didnt work so well huh. Thats ok as you can see I keep my stuff along time. Anyways after checking out this cool site I was all lets do it. Heres what I ended up with. Thats neat thats the first time I've put a photo on something. I know the aluminum tapes looks kinda getto but hey what do you expect from an old construction worker I use what I got and I'm doing this on the cheap. And I wanted to use the case and fan to blow air across everything. Excuses excuses are like butts everybodys got one. This is my old 260. When I opened it up I found that the heat sink was soldered onto the base plate and I needed that to use the fan. So I thought hummm how am I going to get that off. Oh I know that will work. So I stuck it in my vice and went at it. it got alittle scratched up and broke in half but latter I found out I needed the room to fit my old Asetek cooler. Then I wanted to use bolts for hold down the cooler to the GPU but the holes were alittle small:rolleyes:. So I got out the trusty black and decker 1/2 drive, drill. this will do it.. Just had to be careful. You can see the corner holes are just alittle bigger.


Well thats how I got the bolts to work and even used little springs on it. What sucked was my thermal tape got wasted and nobody on the island had any, so I used paste. It worked but I think I would have rather gone with the tape. You know I really had alot of fun doing this but was real worried about putting it in my new board. So I crossed my fingers held my breath shut my eyes and turned it on. WOW no smoke, cool. And it actualy worked. Let it run for about an hour then played Crysis 1 with it at 1280x1024 settings on high. Couldent go for 1080 or really higher, wouldnt play nice. Played for around an hour and the temps never went over 51c.Idle's alittle high though, upper 30s sometimes 40c if its hot.Oh yea even put it on 3d mark06 got a 18401 score. Crazy huh. When I pulled the EVGA stickers off it was all nivida underneth.

Well thanks everyone listening to me ramble. And thanks for all the fun.Next up my EVGA superclocked 2g 560 ti.thumb.gif Thats it in the last picture testing it. I hope I put this in the right place and posted it correctly. If not please inform me of my mistake. I'm new at this and would like to learn.
Edited by 0493mike - 9/20/13 at 10:58am
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Nice work!
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You do realize that cutting open heat pipes renders them useless right? Lol, so basically its no different then a normal tube of copper on the vrms or vram that its on, but that's OK. It looks pretty good!
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Thanks that one was for fun and giggles.Btw those copper heatsinks on your card look real good. And who needs cable management anyways.Nice rig. Maybe you could record the song from your signature. Its a riot. Thanks for the reply.thumb.gif
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Thanks, yeah I wondered about that. Maybe I'll try soldering them closed. Mostly I just wanted the base bracket, to utilize the cover and fan.Really I dont even use this card, it was more just to chech it out and see if I could do it. Funny thing is my 560 was sooo much easyer and I did'nt use power tools on it. Every time I see the temperature difference this mod makes I get all excited and think what else can I do. And you answered that question with the gpu trick. Now I need to get the nerve up for it.Anyways thank you for the reply I've seen some of your threads and I am astounded at the ideas and methods you do.Hope to see more of your work. Theres so much knowledge and skill here,I get lost in the pages. Thanks again.thumb.gif
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