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Hi,

I am a newbie to cooling graphics cards, especially since I have just purchased my first graphics card ever (Sapphire x1950xt 256 mb). Based on the information I have seen in this forum I understand a little bit about what I need for cooling, however there is much I don't understand.

I am thinking about getting an after market cooler, but does that always mean I will have to replace my gpu's stock fan with another fan? Is there a cooling solution where I can just plug an external fan into my psu and let it draw heat away from my card? Or something where I don't have to tamper with the card?

I really have no idea how to mess around with cooling and graphics cards so what kind of cooling solution should I get? I'm just planning to overclock my xt to xtx speeds, but I also don't want to overheat the gpu. Thanks.
    
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if you don't want to change out your stock cooling solution, you can always add something like one of these:
PCI slot fans (edit- note that this isn't always the cheapest place to get them, but they have an easy to see set of examples)

they're probably what you're looking for. and some of them are setup in a way that they can blow across the card, onto it, or help exhaust the heat
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post #3 of 6
Do you leave your side panel open or closed? If closed, and you have not done this, remove all of your PCI brackets and place a fan in exhaust there. That'll help a bit or a lot to remove heat air from the bottom of the case.

That's one way.

You can also get a fan, break apart some chop sticks and make the fan into a table. Then place it under your GPU to blow air on it.
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Hrmm... so after market coolers mainly come in the form of replacements for the stock fan? will look into those PCI cooling cards, but are they as effective as the other options? Anyways... my case is a bit weird because it has a hole in the middle of it like a square chunk was just taken out of the middle. Does having an additional outlet in the middle of the PC help me much?
    
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No...aftermarket cooling is the best answer. You can always buy what you need and take the parts to a local shop and have them do it for you if you really feel like you can't do it yourself. I myself am in the same situation as you but even though it's my first time I feel confident that I'll be able to get the accelero X2 aftermarket cooler onto my X1950XT just fine. It's not really that hard. Just take out screws, remove original cooler, wipe of old paste, apply new paste, stick on new cooler, and WALAH! new cooler. For maximum cooling just do what I'm doing and replace the cooler on the x1950xt and then buy a PCI slot fan with exhaust that goes under it. As for your case problem...I have no idea what you are talking about =)

Also I can link you to the cooler I'm buying and I hear it comes with pretty decent installation instructions.

You can also look around this page here: http://www.barrys-rigs-n-reviews.com...ro_x2/x2_1.htm
    
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careful with th the paste too much can cause more heat or short out the board in some cases
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