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Cooling A Graphics Card (GTS 250) in an Antec P182

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Hey guys, recently been trying to make the P182 a bit quieter as it's my daily and it's always on, right next to my study desk.. soo.

Anyways, with all the fans off (one top exhaust, one upper intake [under the drivebays], and on the Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is setup with the push/pull config.)

With all the fans, minus the push fan on the Hyper212, off; the GPU will idle at 60+, and with all fans on the lowest setting, will idle roughly at 55ish.

When gaming (BF:BC2), gets to about 80ish with all the fans on full blast.

I've seen some third party gpu coolers, but have no idea how they work and perform.

I wouldn't mind ghetto-modding a fan to blow directly onto the GPU, however, the wiring is already tight, so don't know how I'm gonna do that.

Any recommendations on anything, or something to help cool the GPU?

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It would be fine if you keep it in one forum. The mods may find you however and send you a warning. Anyways, the stock cooler is pretty good but to get some better temps, I would remove the heatsink and reapply the thermal paste. Some companies sell heatsink. Arctic cooling has some great heatsinks.
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It would be fine if you keep it in one forum. The mods may find you however and send you a warning. Anyways, the stock cooler is pretty good but to get some better temps, I would remove the heatsink and reapply the thermal paste. Some companies sell heatsink. Arctic cooling has some great heatsinks.

Alright, will keep it to one next time.

If I remove the stock heatsink, anything I should look out for, do I need to replace anything like pads or anything that is a one time use only?

I'll take a look at Artic Cooling.
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well the paste makes a big difference, droped 10 degs on 480 with stock cooler. venture into water cooling will make it quieter but that's cost alot. here
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Originally Posted by GfhTattoo;12845261 
well the paste makes a big difference, droped 10 degs on 480 with stock cooler. venture into water cooling will make it quieter but that's cost alot. here

Sweet, will look into replacing the paste, are there anything I should be looking out for, to replace? Like one time use only ? (Like thermal pads?)

Thanks for the link, will also look into that!

And how about tutorials about taking the heatsinks out? I'm a bit wary of getting into that stuff.
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Hi, first post here, sorry if my english sucks biggrin.gif

I installed the accelero twin turbo pro on my brother's gts250 few weeks ago, it's a really good cooler and the fans are dead silent
It' also really cheap, here in Italy i paid it 22 euros (28-29 dollars)

I suggest you to use the card a few minutes before the installation, so the stock thermal paste will heat up and the heatsink will come off more easily

Installation is easy, remember to clean the RAM and VRM with an eraser before installing small heatsinks on them

The cooler comes with pre applied MX-2 so you don't need to buy the paste
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bellacio:
Thanks!
Your English is great, I understood it very well.
And now I'm leaning towards the Accelero Twin Turbo even more!

h4x0r:
That looks like a passive heatsink?
Dropped ~10°?
Interesting...
Although, I'd have an extra fan I could use on it..
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Well what do you expect? The Scythe Musashi is exactly twice as big as the stock eVGA cooler. To be honest I expected an even bigger drop (based on the results I saw in one of the reviews. The stock heatsink was not only inefficient, but also had incorrectly applied TIM and had fans locked at 70% speed. I used AS5 with the scythe musashi (applied so that it was nearly transparent) and I set the fans to max so that they run at 2100 RPM (they are still silent, even at that speed, and besides, the jet engine of a fan on the side of my case drowns it out)
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Here is a ghetto mod I did on my 9800. I just used some paste I had laying around, some ceramic poly-synthetic no name paste, and mounted an 80mm fan directly above the stock cooler. It helped tremendously.

You could do something similar, or if you got one of the accelero coolers, that would help too. They have little heatsinks that you can put directly to the memory and vrm's to help cool them too.

To remove the plastic thing, or shroud, you just take a small Philips or Torx screwdriver and remove the screws holding the shroud on. You also might find some clips holding it on too, though I have never messed with a 250(and there are so many different kinds) so I can't be sure.
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