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agreed with wink. Now for another question I have. As5 is the best thermal compound even for gpu's ya? Well, is it good to use it on the video cards ram? My 7800GT I have now, I put as5 on the GPU and all the ramchips instead of the factory crap, did that along time ago when I bought the card. I just want to know if that is the best way to go or can i get better?
yup, thats the best thing to do
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I got lucky enough to snag a pair of eVGA 7800GTs with Zalman coolers on them and am just now getting up the courage to OC them. Haveing smoked a few GFX cards in my day the thought of tinkering with cards that already pump out 7K in 3DMark06 is daunting.

My advice is to go SLI--try and find a used card here on the FS and give it a whirl--it almost doubles your stock benchmarks in 3DMark06. I went from a solid 4800+ to a solid 7K+ It runs a 1680 x 1050 display in HL2 fine.
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I was contemplating on buying the second one from newegg. They have the 7800GT recertified for $135.

As far as non stock cooling that will probly wait awhile, too much money for my current budget. The 135 pretty much tops it, the money comes from a refund on memory, I dont have cash to spend really right now.
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agreed with wink. Now for another question I have. As5 is the best thermal compound even for gpu's ya? Well, is it good to use it on the video cards ram? My 7800GT I have now, I put as5 on the GPU and all the ramchips instead of the factory crap, did that along time ago when I bought the card. I just want to know if that is the best way to go or can i get better?

There is an Arctic Silver 5 ADHESIVE as well for stuff like Ramsinks. Same stuff, but with some stickier stuff built in as well.

AS5 for bolted down sinks

AS5 Adhesive for stuff not bolted down.

thats my rule of thumb
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I was contemplating on buying the second one from newegg. They have the 7800GT recertified for $135.

As far as non stock cooling that will probly wait awhile, too much money for my current budget. The 135 pretty much tops it, the money comes from a refund on memory, I dont have cash to spend really right now.
I was able to dig up a pair of NV Silencer 5 rev3's on ebay for ~$20 shipped, dunno if there's any up atm. they fit perfect on the reference 7800gt's (which to my knowledge there aren't any "unique" layouts for the 7800's). and OC-ing both cards gives rather marginal results in SLI, i ended up running them at stock clocks so the temps were a tad lower.

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doesnt that AS adhesive work more-or-less like an epoxy? as in, you'd have a hell of time removing it

or am i mixing up another thing >_<
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If it works like an epoxy i wouldnt look at it. Not looking for anything permanent or really tough to remove.
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There is an Arctic Silver 5 ADHESIVE as well for stuff like Ramsinks. Same stuff, but with some stickier stuff built in as well.

AS5 for bolted down sinks

AS5 Adhesive for stuff not bolted down.

thats my rule of thumb

Use a 50/50 mix of AS5 and Adhesive mix for easier removal. AS5 Adhesive is an epoxy so it will be hard to remove pure.
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