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In my ft02 I get about 75c max load in games like metro 2033 or crysis. Stress tests put it up to around 81c.

Since the hot air exhausts out the top, and the case is to my left on the floor, it's like my own personal heater. I do not like this.

What is a good dual slot cooler for the GTX 480 with an affordable price of like, $35-$40?

I'm looking to get another gtx 480 in the future, too, so not too big like the accelro.
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I don't think theres anything for you at $35-40. The Zalman cooler is like $60 and the Acclelero is $85.
    
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post #3 of 8
No dual slot cooler is under like $60, and most of them are big and bulky. If you can't dish out the money for a good cooler, your going to have to stick with what you have.
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Here's an idea...quite different from what you're looking, but might just work for you.

I had an EVGA GTX480. At stock, it scored about 17-18k in 3D Mark, but ran too hot to allow me to OC it at all.

I also own an EVGA GTX 470 w/ Zalman VF3000f. The thing runs so cool, I've overvolted it and OC'ed it to 850Mhz core / 1800Mhz memory. It runs 24/7 stable, no stress test (folding,furmark) can push it over 75 degrees, runs quieter than my 480 and scores about 19k in 3D mark. If I OC aggressively, I got it to touch 20k, but wasn't comfortable with its stability.

Essentially, what I'm saying is, you could sell your 480 for $280-$300 (will sell quickly at this price), and for that amount, easily pick up a new 470 ($240) + Zalman VF3000f ($60).

More performance, same price, runs cooler, consumes less energy (?), runs quieter.
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post #5 of 8
Don't get a 470, keep your 480 and save up for the accelero extreme plus, don't cheap out and regret it.
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Changing the cooler will not change the heat output.
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Originally Posted by AyeYo View Post
Changing the cooler will not change the heat output.
This is true, however it will be more efficient at moving the heat this giving you the illusion it's cooler as you will not feel all the heat shooting out at once. Your GPU will also run cooler as the heat does not build up.
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post #8 of 8
Since you have an FT-02, there may be a problem using an aftermarket cooler because of the orientation of the motherboard, etc. in that case.
See this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/ati-cooling...-rotation.html

Before I put a Zalman on my 480, I had some success with fitting a 120mm fan against the stock 480 coolers' radiator where it is exposed from the shroud, it reduced my load temps by about 15C.
Edited by DerComissar - 1/13/11 at 4:43pm
    
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