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My X850 Pro is made of magma....

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I have a X850 Pro, and a Dell Dimension 4600, and a heat problem.. With factory everything ATItool is showing 44˚, I opened up the other 4 pipelines and downclocked it back to 500/500 and the temp was showing about 70˚... I can assume my sweet ass Dell case can't be the most ventilating thing in the world, but what can I do?! I just ordered on of those arctic coolers of the internet tonight, but will that be enough?! I was reading something about power supplies not giving the fans enough juice, so would a new PSU help??
It's driving me nuts because I see people on here opening up there other pipelines and getting on just fine and my card seems like it's made of magma, anyways, thanks for your time and knowledge...
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As a general rule, big PC manufacturers dont really do much for cooling, unless you're talking alienware. What you may want to do that WILL help, is to check your case for fan spots. im not sure, but I think DELLs only have the one 80mm exhaust, or at least my parent's 4600 anyways. Adding an intake and exhaust will help keep temperatures of the surrounding air in your case cooler. Generally for videocards and the like, the higher the ambient air temp, the higher your component temperature. adding fans will bring in cold air from outside the case.

A new PSU on a dell might be a good idea, but you would have to mod the case probably to get the psu to fit. most have knobs or a switch on the back that dells dont come with. We had to mod my roomate's, pain in the arse. upgrading your PSU probably wouldnt help your heat problem though.
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hmmm... so would that artic ice thing help much?! or should I just punch some holes in the side of the case and get some fans??!
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well, there should be fanmounts in your case where you can just add a few. The arctic cooler WILL help, Ive heard it lowers temps by a lot. I would want to check your temps in your case as well, if it isnt hot in there and you're adding fans, there's no point. If you find it is hot, or if you just want to add some, case modding to let you have more is one way to go. Wait to see how that arctic cooler works out before you take any drastic steps
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Artic cooling kicks arse. It is well worth it, the Rev 3, is said not only to cool the vid card much better, but also because of the direct heat exhaust, to lower internal case temps by 2-3 degress C. On my old 9600xt, with Artic cooling I was able to overclock my core 100mhz. Like I said they kick arse, but add more fans. Check out this cooling guide. http://www.svc.com/guides.html
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My CPU has a big green vent on it for the fan, should I take that out, it's probably stopping the airflow... would my CPU be so hott that I need that dang thing?
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The big green thing is an airduct. Behind it is a probably copper CPU cooler and a 80 or 120 mm fan. The fan sucks air trough the duct and the cooler. The air probably comes from inside the case itself. Since the HD is located in the front of the case and is placed vertically i dont think there is a fan holder there. The artic cooler thing blows air out of the case to, just like the cpu cooler. So to get all your temps down maybe you will have to make a fanhole in your side panel blowing cool air into the case.
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