I've been enjoying my mini-itx build the past couple years using a Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced as the shell the Asrock z77e-itx as my motherboard. When I bought my Galaxy 660 Ti (Model 66NPH7DV6XXZ, 2GB version) I never noticed how loud the fans were because this card was champing most of the games I was playing without any problems (or going past 50% fan speed)
Well, I've enjoyed the card for two years, the warranty is out, and I just don't feel comfortable watching it go over 80 degrees celesis on newer games. The funniest part is that it doesn't even go past 80% fan speed, also holy crap it's loud after 60%. I definitely need to replace the fan somehow and I doubt an aftermarket cooler like the arctic accelero series would fit inside of my case... unless there is some sort of low profile or one the same size as my stock cooler out there. I've been googling for hours to see if anybody has a solution for this and I really have nothing.
Anybody have any wisdom to share with me? I am up for rigging it in any way possible.