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#1 RADIUM-V Interactive

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 02:21 AM

Most of you already know about my computer, nicknamed "Sexy Beast."

Specs before upgrade:
MSI K9N Diamond Motherboard
AMD Athlon X2 64 +3800 @ 2.00GHz
1GB DDR2 RAM
MSI GeForce 7300 LE w/256mb and TurboCache, supporting 512mb
500GB SATA HDD
DVD+RAM Drive
DVD-ROM + CD-R Drive
300 Watt Power Supply
Windows XP Home Edition w/Service Pack 2

Specs after upgrade:
2GB DDR2 RAM
MSI GeForce 8600 GTS w/256mb GDDR3 RAM, SLI
MSI GeForce 8600 GTS w/256mb GDDR3 RAM, SLI
500 Watt Power Supply

(I did list two cards)

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We ordered the cards with heatsinks to avoid fan issues - the fans for cards are hard to replace - and my case has 5 fans as it is. I think it's cool enough :thumbsup:


I love it. I haven't gotten any new games, but I am running FEAR Multiplayer at 1440x900 with Maximum quality at 90 frames per second (200 if I turn off Vertical Sync). And, Half-Life 2 has stopped crashing. I can't wait for the Orange Box.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:12 AM

You be way better of with one 8800GTS.
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Posted 03 August 2007 - 08:52 AM

Agreed, or a GTX. 8600's in SLI is good for a budget user, though. Nice rig, man.

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 11:12 AM

All I care about now that I actually have the cards are the delicious frame rates. I'm not making 300 on this machine - I'll be happy if I can just run Crysis or any of the other load-heavy games coming out soon. Basically, I don't want to have to worry about the system requirements on the box (which I had to do every single game with my old computer).

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Posted 03 August 2007 - 04:19 PM

Those are fanless cards, right? How hot do they get mashed together like that?
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Posted 07 August 2007 - 05:14 AM

I'm not quite sure - the heatsinks are HUGE though. I just downloaded the nTune program, so I'll check what temps I get and report them here. But so far I haven't had any problems.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:10 AM

I guess one of the main concerns with that setup is that even though the cards may be stable, even under full hot, they'd be runnign extremely hot. I guess you'd just have to make sure they running that hot that their life would be shortened

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 10:04 AM

I would pay close attention to the case/mobo and cpu core temps also, those cards are going to add a lot of heat

if these temps start running high, try to beef up the case cooling(however)
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Posted 07 August 2007 - 01:11 PM

wow those specs ROCK

and i suggest phase changer cooling for ur CPU, if you had enough money to get the rest of that :thumbsup:

but if not that, at least get some good liquid cooling action going on there. and make sure to get a good radiator. a really good radiator.


i simply can't see you funneling all of that heat into the internal case air temperature
how many case exhaust fans do you have?
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Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:22 PM

I would really consider putting a good pci fan in the bottom there if you have room, I can't quite tell if you do. Another exhaust would make a big difference.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:44 AM

Actually, I saw a PCI Air Conditioning card (SERIOUSLY) for about 10 bucks. I wonder what its performance would look like if you have it on your case.

I am kinda worried about the stagnant air it would cause because of the not-enough-cooling-to-fit-the-job-edness, but if it did, I think it would work pretty well.
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Posted 09 August 2007 - 10:19 AM

We had a fan blowing directly onto the old card (GeForce 7300 LE [with heatsink]) and we were going to put it in between the new cards, but it didn't fit. I may arrange the modem *cough* and the USB connections around and put a fan at the bottom PCI slot.

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 09:06 PM

Yeah, I've got a heatsink graphics card, and a fan right over it. Frankly, I don't know if the fan helps at all, I feel it just pushes the hot air to the mobo. I've got a 120 exhaust at the top and a pci exhaust at the bottom, right under the card. You think running an 80 fan directly over the heatsink is of any help?

Xil - what do you mean air conditioning for 10 bucks? I picture giant copper tubes running in front of a fan when you say that (http://lifehacker.com/software/diy/make-your-own-air-conditioner-181510.php)

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 10:46 PM

I've been monitoring all the temperatures for a while now.

After playing Bioshock for about four hours straight, I checked the card temps and they were only at around 135 (F) or so. They normally sit at 110 (F) when just at the desktop. My motherboard/processor usually sits between 150 (F) and 170 (F). I don't know how that compares to normal temps for other systems, but that's what it usually is.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 01:01 AM

about 145F is redline for the amd64 line of cpu's, sustained temps at or above that(60-65C) will cause premature failure of the cpu

your mileage may vary

my amd64 never gets above 110F

running for a year and a half at 25-40% overclock
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