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You can see my current system in signature, i7 930 on a sabertooth mobo.

The issue i have is my 5870's dont have alot of room between them and the top card gets pretty warm.. (like 90c on load)

Some ideas i've had are:

Watercooling - I've never done this and am a little held back on purchasing $100+ waterblocks for (imo dated cards)

Upgrading the cards from crossfire 5870's to one of the latest and greatest beast of a card. 590 or 6990

Upgrading the motherboard out of the sabertooth into something that can run tri crossfire/sli and blanking the middle slot and using a long bridge to create a gap between the cards - which is why i am posting this in this thread and the motherboard ideas seems to be the best dollar usage.

What are your thoughts/suggestions on this?
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post #2 of 10
I would just get two Zalman VF3000a's and put them on your 5870's. The 5870's are still pretty good cards. I would either go get an aftermarket cooler, or some water blocks.
    
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maybe wait a month or so and get the X58A-OC board, it has great PCi-E spacing, but only PCi-E 16x slots and one PCi slot. It will be about $300.
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I'll do some research on the zalman's.

I've taken a deep look at the X58A-OC and to be honest most of the features are way over my head.
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post #5 of 10
Try strapping a fan on the side of the gpu for starters. The 6990 is only going to be a lot louder and hotter. If you're going with that I would definitely watercool. Don't be scared about watercooling feel free to ask in the watercooling subsection for more info. You can always look out for 2nd hand blocks in the for sale section. Also XSPC do some cheaper blocks, you can get the 5870 here for $60 each:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=26732

Combine it with say a rx360 kit or something similar and you'll be golden.
     
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Here is a picture of my machine, I'm not sure strapping a fan to the side would do much more then the fan in the door is already doing?

I'm going to take the plunge and go with water if i can find a way to fit it in my case.

I'm going to do some research and i'll be making a post in the wc section shortly, for now is the XSPC block a good choice or should i just pay the extra for a bitz or ek?

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I believe someone did a huge block comparison a little while ago. The Ek Hf supreme nickel was first and then the Xspc was second, only about 0.2c under the Ek!!! I would say no.
    
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personally id get rid of the blue, and get an ESC motherboard.
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Quote:
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personally id get rid of the blue, and get an ESC motherboard.
The blue is just an antec spotcooler and more then a bandaid then anything.

I've never heard of ESC, can you link me?
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post #10 of 10
ECS my bad lol they make some nice black and white color schemed boards.
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