Re: Liquid Cooling GTX 480
Firstly, grab MSI Afterburner and Kombustor. Properly stress the card to check for load temps via the software which takes its counter from inside the IHS.
Your case must have very poor cooling if it's causing what I'm assuming to be a stock CPU to overheat. When you are gaming, what is your CPU temp? Does it do this when you take the side panel off? I would prime95 and coretemp your CPU while you are doing the 480 as well to simulate a gaming environment to see what the temps are. If you are under 75c on the CPU then you are ok, and it shouldn't be shutting down.
It's possible and very easy to remove the heatsink, shroud, and base plate. The description of the cooler has 480 in it, so if it's a reference cooler you'll have no problems getting it on there. BUT I suggest grabbing an H80i and zip tieing it instead. The reason I suggest this is because it has a better heatplate, better pump, and better rad. You can OC the 480 with something like the H80i, whereas the Hybrid VGA is only good for a stock replacement to dump the heat out of your case in a different area.
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