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460 SLI ok on P6X58D-E?

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Hello guys, right now, I am considering SLI with my existing 460 from evga, with the msi hawk on the P6X58D-E. I plan to use the blue PCIe slots on it and to me, it's gonna look like a very tight fit, which can result in severe cooling problems. There is a third PCIe slot on the bottom, but I have a mid-tower case, which is a Cooler master CM690ii advanced, so that's out of the question if I don't want to change my case (which is quite nice, btw.)

My current 460 uses an external exhaust method for cooling and I am planning to put this one on the second slot and the new one on the first slot. Also, there is a 140mm fan on the side of the case that blows the air out.

Will this compromise cooling on the hawk? If it does, how severe would be the temperature difference from the bottom card?
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If you put the hawk on top and the EE card on the bottom, it shouldn't be too bad, although there will be a noticeable difference I'm sure. The hawk's cooler throws air around in the case while the EE pulls air inside the case and, you guessed it, exhausts it. You wouldn't want the EE card behind the hawk because the hawk would be directing hot air into the EE's fan.

If you run that setup and flip the 140mm to intake, you should be fine.
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Hey thx for the advice, even though it was a month ago. I tried it out and the temp on the hawk was 78 average and the temp on the EE was 76. The ambient was about 28, which is pretty beast to me. The only thing I'm disappointed about was that it is loud, very loud.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-950 ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA Geforce GTX 460 Corsair XMS3 CM3X2G1600C8 (6GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 spinpoint HD103SJ (1TB) LG GH24NS50 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung BX2431 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
generic Corsair HX750 Cooler Master CM690ii advanced generic 
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i7-950 ASUS P6X58D-E EVGA Geforce GTX 460 Corsair XMS3 CM3X2G1600C8 (6GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 spinpoint HD103SJ (1TB) LG GH24NS50 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung BX2431 
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