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GPU and sound card too close?
07-08-2012, 09:29 PM,
#1
Photo  GPU and sound card too close?
In the middle of this build - sorry for all the questions.

The photo isn't the greatest but the havik 140 is pretty big so I didn't want to force my gigabyte GTX 670 right under it. I used the next available PCI slot down for the 670. However, I put the ASUS Xonar DG sound card in the next PCI slot and the two cards are extremely close together. You guys probably know already; the Gigabyte 670 has three fans that are "below" it. Those fans are right smack on top of the sound card (maybe 1mm of space). Is this normal?

Could I move the sound card down to the PEX16_3 slot?

I'm using the Tier 7 Biostar mobo. Its pci layout is such:

PEX16_1 - empty (Havik 140 in the way)

PEX1_1 - empty
PEX1_2 - empty

PEX16_2 - Gigabyte GTX670

PCI1 - Gigabyte GTX670 (not in slot but takes up this space)
PCI2 - ASUS Xonar DG sound card

PEX16_3 - empty

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Thanks again for any help!
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k Ivy Bridge CPU cooler: NZXT Havik 140 Mobo: Biostar TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD PSU: Rosewill Capstone Series 650W 80+ Gold Audio: Asus Xonar DG 5.1 sound card Screen: Asus VH238H 23" 1080p HDMI LED monitor Keyboard: CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid Cherry MX Brown
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07-08-2012, 11:47 PM,
#2
RE: GPU and sound card too close?
I decided to take everything out and just rotate the Havik 90 degrees. So instead of blowing from front to back, it will be blowing from bottom to top. This created more room for my RAM and, more importantly, freed up space for me to place the GPU in the first PCI slot which opened up lots of space for the sound card. Hopefully, this set up is ok. Most Havik 140 pics I've seen have it set up blowing from front to back.

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k Ivy Bridge CPU cooler: NZXT Havik 140 Mobo: Biostar TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD PSU: Rosewill Capstone Series 650W 80+ Gold Audio: Asus Xonar DG 5.1 sound card Screen: Asus VH238H 23" 1080p HDMI LED monitor Keyboard: CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid Cherry MX Brown
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07-09-2012, 01:18 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-09-2012, 01:20 PM by mwhals.)
#3
GPU and sound card too close?
It looks like you have a top outlet fan, so it is OK as long as the cooler is blowing toward an exhaust fan location.
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 CPU: Intel Core i7 3930K CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 GPU: EVGA GTX 650 2GB SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB HDDs: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB and Western Digital VelociRaptor 500 GB Motherboard: Asus P9X79 Pro RAM: 8x8GB (64GB) G. Skill Ripjaws Z 1600MHz Optical Drives: two Asus DRWB1ST PSU: Seasonic X650 80+ Gold Keyboard: Das Keyboard Professional S Mouse: Logitech Performance MX Tablet: Logitech T650 Monitors: NEC P241W and NEC PA241W Speakers: Bose Companion 3 Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
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07-09-2012, 02:26 PM,
#4
RE: GPU and sound card too close?
All should be good then. Thanks mwhals!
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k Ivy Bridge CPU cooler: NZXT Havik 140 Mobo: Biostar TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Full Tower RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD PSU: Rosewill Capstone Series 650W 80+ Gold Audio: Asus Xonar DG 5.1 sound card Screen: Asus VH238H 23" 1080p HDMI LED monitor Keyboard: CM Storm Quick Fire Rapid Cherry MX Brown
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