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Old 05-01-2010, 02:19 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Did you mount the power supply in the top or the bottom of the case? I mounted my power supply in the top so the heat doesn't flow pass my video cards and cpu heatsink as it rises.

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Old 05-01-2010, 02:42 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Good point. Mine's on the bottom.
Is that bottom card in the picture in a pci-e x8 slot?
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No, it's a x16 slot on my Mobo.

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Old 05-01-2010, 03:07 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Mine Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

As you can see, the Pci-e x16 slots are close together, which puts my cards in tight. Should've thought about that when I purchsed the mobo.
But I've read that using the pci-e x8 slot only decreases performance by 2 %. So I wonder about installing the 8800GT down in the x8 slot. What do you think?
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I'd try it for sure..
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Your 8800GT should be in the bottom slot, the very bottom slot. PhysX doesn't need the bandwidth provided with a x16 slot.
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Well, I tried it. The 8800 will not fit in the bottom pci-e x8 slot. The right hand side of the card hits the DVD ata plug and won't quite seat into the slot. So I removed the 470, reinstalled the 8800 on top as the primary card, that and an existing 7600GTOC in the pci-e x16 slot below it.
I'll request an RMA on Monday. So will be looking for another card. How about the GTX285? Does it heat up and run full tilt when you attach a second monitor like the 470 does?
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Might be cheaper to get a sata dvd drive... 25 bucks.
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Might be a good idea.
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I would look for a different drive or a different cable as the GTX 285 will also get hot and it has a lower temperature threshold.
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