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Gorgon was saying that some cards are optimised for high heat.

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Oooh... it runs hot allright. Hence my fear that it might fry my sound card as collateral damage -_-

Burnt my fingertip when accidentally touching the card the other day :ermm:

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When you watercool it, make sure the RAM is cooled as well :) Btw, fingertips are burnt at 60 or so already, and the card can run probably over 90 with stock cooling.

Walsingham: It isn't optimised for high heat, in the sense that gains no benefit when hot. It may be constructed to not take damage too fast however ;) *nitpicking*

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When you watercool it, make sure the RAM is cooled as well :sorcerer:

The water block I ordered is a "full cover" model. Covers both GPU's, RAM, the whteverthebuschipsarecalled etc. with either direct contact or through some little "pillow" thingies you cut out with a scissor and stick to the chips and makes contact with the cooler.

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What if I installed a small boy who waved a carpet at it?

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You'd need to feed him, otherwise his life expecancy might be lower than that of other parts of the PC, and without him, these parts are likely to fail, too... I wouldn't recommend it, I've been there. Waving.

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When you watercool it, make sure the RAM is cooled as well :unsure:

The water block I ordered is a "full cover" model. Covers both GPU's, RAM, the whteverthebuschipsarecalled etc. with either direct contact or through some little "pillow" thingies you cut out with a scissor and stick to the chips and makes contact with the cooler.

If I want to oc my machine I would have to solve the Northbridge temperature first, lots and lots of copper there, but it's barely keeping it under 45. How does that work, can it help out any board significantly.

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When you watercool it, make sure the RAM is cooled as well :)

The water block I ordered is a "full cover" model. Covers both GPU's, RAM, the whteverthebuschipsarecalled etc. with either direct contact or through some little "pillow" thingies you cut out with a scissor and stick to the chips and makes contact with the cooler.

If I want to oc my machine I would have to solve the Northbridge temperature first, lots and lots of copper there, but it's barely keeping it under 45. How does that work, can it help out any board significantly.

No idea. My Asus board has half a tonne of copper there, leading the heat to an array of cooling "fins" around the CPU area. The intention being that the CPU fan would suck air past them as part of the CPU cooling. In the case of passive/water cooling they provided two small fans designed to mount on the copper plating to make up for the lack of air flow.

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So, got home from work yesterday and voided the warranty on my Sapphire gfx card right away, tearing off the stock fan. Applied the thermal paste and those little pieces of "padding" to the various chips on the card. Fixed everything in place and was careful not to tighten the screws too hard. Attached the hoses, put the card back into the computer, switched on the power and... nothing. Oh yeah, forgot to put the powercables from the powersupply back :)

After that, everything seemed to work nicely. Downloaded a little usitility to monitor the various temperatures on the card, everything looking Ok. Then for the big test, playing an hour of The Witcher to give it some workload and things sure started heating up a bit (50-55 degrees) but that was about it.

Started an OpenGL screensaver to keep the card busy, checked the battery in the smoke alarm (in case the thing decided to catch fire) and went to bed. Checked the PC again this morning and while still running at around 50 degrees, nothing had fried and it was watertight :)

Best of all, it runs quietly again. Now I just need to put my PC all back together :ermm:

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Harddisk Woes! >_<


;( ;( ;(

First, one my two new Samsung 640Gb decided that it didn't want to play nice. No big deal, I hadn't really started using it yet. It just kept popping up with a warning in Windows that the disk was bad and that I should back up stuff and get rid of it. About every friggin 15 minutes or so, minimising all other windows, interrupting whatever was doing. Out it went, returned to the seller for a replacement.

While waiting for the replacement, my main drive, my Samsung 1Tb disk started getting bad blocks on my C: drive, destroying my Windows installation and making it non-bootable =]

The repair function from the Windows Install disk was no help and so I resorted to the command line option, backing up a few important things (my mailbox) to another drive and took the disk out. Had to use my old PC for a few days. Went down to a local retail store yesterday and grabbed two Seagate 500Gb disks, which are presumably faster, but also considerably noisier than the Samsungs. Got Windows, drivers and the basics up and running again... just to discover that The Witcher stores it saved games on the C: drive in the Documents and Settings folder :aiee:

There are days where I really hate computers. At least my Seagate drives have been running with no problems for two days now. Crossing fingers and knock on wood etc.

Oh yeah, while I was at it, I got a glowing plasma ball with little multicoloured lightning jumping around inside to put on top of my PC, powered by the USB port. It was either that or a pair of fluffy dice for the monitor ;)

Edit: My "preciousss...." in it's currently still unassembled state :(

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Your own fault for not having proper backup >_<

Whatever is important to you can't just be on one physical drive.

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I think i'm going with seagate too next time around, they have a pretty solid reputation

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Your own fault for not having proper backup :o

Whatever is important to you can't just be on one physical drive.

My important stuff is backed up on an external HDD, like Photo Albums, Serial Numbers, Electronic Invoices, Registration Keys etc. ;)

I should probably add my mail folders to that.




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