I'm looking for a way to cool the GPU on this system
a bit better.
I'm one who "hates' the fan noise, so I have the controller for the three 80mm case fans (intake on front, intake on side, exhaust on rear, as well as the 8800's second bay exhaust). A side note, I keep the ambient temperature at 72º ± 3º F (22.2ºC).
My CPU/case temperatures are in the 40º - 45º C range all the time, which is just dandy. But the GPU runs 68º - 75º C, and as soon as it hits 72º C the fan kicks on hyper-speed...it's obnoxiously loud... :freak:
I noticed just opening the case up, it dropped 4º C...so I guess maybe increasing the intake a bit? Right now, the fans are just standard Thermaltake $3 fans, and honestly, when they're at full-blast with my hand in front, I don't feel much air...although sticking my hand against one, it was indeed fast enough to slice skin.
So I guess what I'm asking is if firstly, you'd agree that just increasing the air flow would help a fair amount, and if so, what replacement fans you'd suggest. I have a fan controller for the three-prong fans, so I can slow 'em down if they're a bit noisy at max speed, but they need to pull some air.
Nothing fancy - I don't do the disco stuff in my case...
Secondly, beyond replacing the fans with something else, would there be any other simple things to do? I'm a complete novice in this area, as might be obvious, so all recommendations are welcome!