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jdf_warrior

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I currently have the desktop listed in my sig (Dual G80 640MB 8800GTS's in SLI). These cards are plenty for everything I do because I don't really game that much. I bought them when they were one of the best at the time with the idea that they would last me for a long time and serve any need that I would come up with.

Now I have a new issue. I just got a new desk and it's a really nice, big, executive desk. I want to keep the top as clean and neat as possible, and do not want to put my tower on the top of the desk. My options are to get a smaller case and put it under my desk or to put it in the cabinet. The cabinet would be preferred but I'm really worried about heat. I don't mind turning the OC on my CPU back of killing it completely. I would prefer not to, but I can. I think that most of my heat is still coming from my video cards though. The G80's originally idled at like 70C. I have a Thermalright HR-03+ and a fan on each now and they idle at like 47C but there is still alot of heat being dissipated out and around.

I'd like to get a new, smaller case no matter what. So here are some thoughts I have been throwing around and I Was hoping you guys could give me some advice on what to do.

#1. New case and lose both cards for something newer and hopefully not as hot. I don't know what would run any cooler though. Would something like the EVGA GTX260 Core 216 run a good bit cooler and not give me heat issues being in the cabinet? Remember, this card shouldnt't be worked too hard. I don't really game.

#2. New case and lose one of my 8800's and just run a single card.I don't know how much of a heat difference it would make losing one. I could try it and see and may end up doing that over the next few days.

#3. Biting the bullet and going water cooled. I would rather not if I'm going to have to buy a new case too because I know I would probably have to have two loops for those cards and a cpu. Two gpu blocks, a cpu block, pump, 2 rads, etc, and a new case would get a lot more expensive that I really want to get right now. If I have to do it though, I guess I can *sigh* It just wouldnt be bought all at once. I would have to piece it together slowly.

What do you guys think? Gimme some ideas. Throw something my way. I wanna get my desktop running regularly again but right now, it keeps getting way too hot under my desk with all that stuff running.
 
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jdf_warrior

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Something like that is nice but the reason I don't want it on my desk is, for now, I only have my two 24" monitors on my desk, but I plan to buy a 24" iMac to go in the middle of them. At that point, I would be right back in the same position because I wouldnt have room for that on the desk.

Do really like that case though. Something like that is what I want. I just dont know if it's going to get too hot in the cabinet. I could always put that under my desk on a shelf or somehting though. The Armor is just WAY too big to put on a shelf under the desk though.
 
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jdf_warrior

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This is kinda what I'm working with here.

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I can move that shelf up some and make some more vertical space, but I would prefer something that would fit in here. As I said though, I am worried about heat from the video cards. Would the GTX260 run any cooler that the 8800's I have now? Does anyone know average temps for them?
 
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ratbuddy

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This is kinda what I'm working with here.

I can move that shelf up some and make some more vertical space, but I would prefer something that would fit in here. As I said though, I am worried about heat from the video cards. Would the GTX260 run any cooler that the 8800's I have now? Does anyone know average temps for them?

You aren't gonna just stick a computer in there and close the door are ya? Cause no matter what GPU(s) you are running it's gonna heat up like mad..
 
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jdf_warrior

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I wouldn't just power it on and close the door and forget it. I know it would just bake in that situation. I was hoping I could find something that would run cooler than my current setup so I could just leave the door cracked while the machine was on and it not be a sauna. I may just buy a smaller case and just build a shelf or something to go under my desk.

Water would be the easiest thing because the desk has holes all through it for running cables and wires and such. I could make something to dress up the radiator to where it looks really nice and have it sit elsewhere, but if I needed to pull it out, that would be a pain in the butt.