Firstly I am a new owner and new to the forums, already read some brilliant posts about some awesome machines!
I built a new PC for SWTOR as my laptop doesn't run it brilliantly. I started off with a mITX board in a small case due to space restrictions in my room. That was a disaster in waiting....I couldn't cool anything well and my CPU was nearing 90 degrees and my GPU nearer the 100.
I bought a new case (NZXT Vulcan) and some additional cooling (Antec Kuhler 620 and 2 x 120mm (for radiator), 2 x 120mm, 200mm and 92mm fans and also a GELID Icy Vision Rev 2 for my GPU, both CPU and GPU running IC7 thermal compound. Now that should be enough cooling for anything! I have changed fan orientation and flow routes to some degree its helped but not fixed. My TIM application is the recommended by both IC and nVidia, although I have tried all others. My setup is currently - Push/pull set up on the front, exhaust from rad is going to the GPU, the GPU then pushes vertical where I have the 2 x 120mm's and and a 92mm exhausting. The 200mm is on the side of the case as inlet.
Now even after all this I am still getting ridiculously high temps in game, when I was questing with a friend the other night I logged off and I had hit 97 degrees on my GPU (my second one as I got the first replaced as I thought it was faulty). My CPU is ok now, running 45-50 degrees loaded.
Using this to monitor temps; http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
Amazon have said they will refund me, but I don't know what to go for. Are radeon's cooler running? I will have around £200 to spend but I have not had a ATI card in a very long time!
My current build is;
Zotax Z68ITZ A-E mITX WiFi Motherboard
8gb Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600Mhz
EVGA GTX560Ti DS Superclocked + Gelid Icy Vision Rev 2 Cooler
Antec Kuhler 620 H20
300GB SATA 7200rpm HDD
550w OCZ PSU
4 x 120mm, 1 x 200mm, 1 x 92mm
Hope someone can help
This was my previous setup which worked best but still the hot air from the radiator is feeding the GPU and as the CPU temp increases so does the GPUs air flow in. (PLEASE NOTE I took this image from this thread as it was as close to my setup as I could find, I hope the owner doesn't mind!)
I tried this one to no avail as the GPU is fighting off the inlet air from the fan on the top but it stops the hot air from the radiator feeding the GPU.
Any ideas or comments?