I have this card and it runs hot. I just built a new 1700 rig and the case that game with the motherboard is deepcool. It seems fairly okay inregards to room, however, after I installed the case fans yesterday (3 total) and put the side panel on, this card was running at 90c. I took the panel back off and it dropped 10-15 degrees. i've read that these cards run hot as it is, but i was wondering since you took the shroud off, did you apply new thermal paste? If so, did it help at all?