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    SLI Question

    O.K. I have a FX-55 with two BFG 6800Ultra OC video cards, and since they give out a lot of heat, I took the side panel off of my Tsunami Dream case and have a room fan blowing into it. This helped improve my temps, now is their any cons to doing this? I just dont want to harm this expensive rig, thank you.

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    You'll probably get a lot of dust building up inside your case. Over time this will cause problems for you. The Tsunami Dream case has a specific airflow via intakes at the front (via an air filter) blowing air over the hard drives and the exhaust fan is at the back of the case. If you have the windowed option then that would give you a third fan on the side panel.

    So, I guess that an accumulation of dust and possibly slightly reduced airflow over your HDD's are the only problems that I can foresee.

    I have replaced both of the fans in my Tsunami case with much quieter fans. You could put more powerful fans in your case to increase the airflow to keep the temperatures down.

    Of course you have various other options: better HSF for the CPU, repalce GPU cooler, water-cooling and so on.

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    How will the dust buildup become a problem for me? I mean if I dust the computer, then I should be fine right?

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    Once dust gets into the fans and sticks to the fins, and in the heatsink and stuff like that, it can then hinder the airflow through these and then this will increase the operational temperature.

    A little hint here folks. Get a pair of tights (yours, your mums or your girlfriends) and use these with elastic bands on the fans as cheap and cheerful dust filters. Not only will they not hinder the airflow but they filter all the dirt, dust and other floating particles and once dirty they can be simply replaced cheaply

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    Welcome darthanakin23.

    A few months back there were a number of Hexus forumites who had random problems with their PC. This problem was caused by a build up of dust hindering the heatsinks ability to cool either cpu or graphics card. Dust can add 10°C to a cpu temp.

    It's wise to do a bit of spring cleaning now and again. I generally use a new paint brush to remove dust, whilst keeping myself earthed to the case. Some people like the dustbusters compressed air canisters.

    If your'e worried about temps then download and run mbm5. Post the results with sidecase on and off and we should be able to tell if it's too hot.
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