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Gaming Rig Cooling Problem

June 3, 2010 at 10:58:54
Specs: Windows 7 Pro x64

Hokay, so I am in the process of building a new gaming rig.
It's going to be pretty fun, but there seems to be a little
problem that I'm facing in terms of cooling.

Here's what I have:

- CPU: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz
- Power: Nexus RX-1100 1100W ATX12V v2.2/ EPS12V
- GPU: 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 465
- Storage: RAID 10e w/ 4 Western Digital VelociRaptor
300GB 10000 RPM
- Soundcard: HT | OMEGA Claro Halo XT PCI Interface Sound
Card
- Memory: 4x 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

As you can see it's ready to be a powerhouse for
entertainment of all kinds. The thing is, I have built a desk that
I am going to put the entire computer IN, similar to this: <a
href="http://www.desktopped.com/2009/11/desk-mod-custom-
gaming-rig-built-into-a-desk">, which means I'm pretty
flexible with the system. And since it's all inside a dark cedar
desk that weights about a million pounds, it can be a little
noisy. I have vents on the side to put in fans as necessary.

Now the issue: It's gonna run HOT. I plan on overclocking,
which won't help things either. Any opinions on cooling? I'd
prefer not to run anything over @ 60c, but we'll see. Thanks!

p.s. while budget isn't the biggest concern, pretend I live
frugally.


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#1
June 3, 2010 at 12:15:56

Hokay, u are rich right? It's useless to overclock your system. Build a budget system and overclock it.
I can't access the link.

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#2
June 3, 2010 at 15:30:04

Since you obviously have money to burn, why not run water cooling like the other moron "desktop in a desk" builder did?

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#3
June 3, 2010 at 19:00:57

Stuffing a pc in a desk or desk drawer is not easy. That said, you will need to follow the basic cooling guidelines of cool air in the "bottom front" and warm air out the "top rear".
The "'s mean front and rear are not necessarily used in the traditional sense.

You gonna use a case or parts of a case? Have any idea?

Water cooling is a possibility but you're still going to have to have airflow to cool the water. Looks like a disaster waiting to happen to me though. Liquid cooling leaks; it's just a matter of when it'll leak.

I've installed conventional builds in a desk and the configuration of air inlet grilles, exhaust fans, filters, ducting, was a pain; to say the least.

The installs I've tried without a case were a real bag of worms. Mounting drives, card readers, ports, and routing cables is akin to designing a 747 from the ground up.

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