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I reciently built a new system and I'm having some cooling issues. The CPU is running great (29C idle, 45C full load), but my graphics card is not good. My temps were very unreasonable, so I cut a 120mm hole in my side panel with a fan pulling hot air away from the "passively cooled" Thermalright HR-03. That dropped the temps some, but still not what I'm looking for with aftermarket cooling. With ATI Tool, I'm running mid 50's idle, but I'm hitting over 90C full load. I bought an 92mm fan to mount to the heasink, but it will not fit because of the orientation and location of everything in my Lian-Li A05. I don't have a digital camera (spent all my money on this new PC), but I amazingly found a very similar setup online, and I've attached his picture. There's just not enough room between the CPU Heatsink, and the GPU Heatsink for a fan. I know you can mount that HR-03 on the other side of the card, but I don't want to block any of my slots for future expansion. I suppose I will if that's the only fix... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 12
Try the side panel fan as an intake fan, blowing directly on the HS.
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There isnt any room see your point has temps always been like that or did it get remounted? Looks like its getting all the heat from the cpu cooler and its all heat soaked from no airflow just a guess nice cooler.
    
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Try what he said as an intake
    
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Yeah 90 is a bit to high. 85 is the max I would let the xt go. As long as the fan on the card is getting fresh air, those temps should drop. Side panel fan or vent would be best.
    
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Thanks for the fast responses. When I get home from work today, I'll try turning my side panel fan around to blow cool air into the case and onto the GPU Heatsink. My question now is I've heard that you're generally better off with negative pressure (from more exhaust than intake) than positive pressure in your case (from more intake than exhaust). This case has a backward airflow design. It has the case intake fan on the back blowing directly on the CPU heatsink as the pic in my first post shows. And then it exhausts the hot air out the front. I'm using SilenX fans for the intake and exhaust. Also, to help airflow, I cut out a 120mm hole with fan grill on my front pannel to allow the air to freely escape (lowered my system temps considerably) So, all of that said, that's why I mounted my side panel fan to exhaust out instead of blow in. Here's a couple pics (from the web) of the A05. Also, for the record, I don't have anything obstructing my air intake. The back of my desk faces into my room, so that's not an issue.

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Thanks for the fast responses. When I get home from work today, I'll try turning my side panel fan around to blow cool air into the case and onto the GPU Heatsink. My question now is I've heard that you're generally better off with negative pressure (from more exhaust than intake) than positive pressure in your case (from more intake than exhaust). This case has a backward airflow design. It has the case intake fan on the back blowing directly on the CPU heatsink as the pic in my first post shows. And then it exhausts the hot air out the front. I'm using SilenX fans for the intake and exhaust. Also, to help airflow, I cut out a 120mm hole with fan grill on my front pannel to allow the air to freely escape (lowered my system temps considerably) So, all of that said, that's why I mounted my side panel fan to exhaust out instead of blow in. Here's a couple pics (from the web) of the A05.

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I have more intake than exhaust with great temps.
You should see a temp drop switching the side to intake, if your still not happy then you could always attach a fan to the HS.
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I have more intake than exhaust with great temps.
You should see a temp drop switching the side to intake, if your still not happy then you could always attach a fan to the HS.
Yea, I'll swap the fan around, and if it's still not good, I'll just cut out for a blow hole in the top of my case to give me a good path of air coming in from the side panel; crossing over the GPU and memory, and out the top of the case. I'm kinda getting into this moddin' thing. I found this nifty tool online that cuts out beautiful holes. I own a dremmel, but there's no way I could get the cut out as neat as I did with this cheap tool. It takes a while (one nibble at a time). Here's a pic and a link.

http://coolerguys.com/840556056751.html

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Are you overclocking or overvolting it? My X1900XT on stock cooler hits 88/89c max then the fan spins @ 50% for 20 secs dropping it to 86c then rinse and repeat.
     
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Are you overclocking or overvolting it? My X1900XT on stock cooler hits 88/89c max then the fan spins @ 50% for 20 secs dropping it to 86c then rinse and repeat.
I have not touched the voltages yet. I have made some attempts at overclocking. I was able to complete 3dMark '06 @ 704/1008 (Stock is 620/900). I haven't reached for anything beyond that. My temps seem to be the same regardless of overclock. Full load in ATI Tool is running me over 90C. There are actually a lot of temps being read by ATI Tool. What is the top number? I've seen it get as high as 102C.
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