I really wouldn't think that heat would be an issue using the 2 cards you have! I mean both the GTX 560 and the GTS 250 run pretty cool as it is. I will say, you would be surprised as to how much difference that 200mm fan on the side panel will make, especially with the setup you want to run, 2 GPUs and a sound card. I bet that fan results in a noticeable decrease in temps on each GPU, as well as the sound card! But, again with a GTX 560 and a GTS 250, I probably wouldn't be to concerned about heat problems! But, I would definitely want the 2 GPUs 2 slots away vs right on top of each other!
Thank you! I really appreciate the reply, as I've never worked with this kind of a system. I build a LOT of computers, but it's usually low-mid end, aside from my own being a higher middle end. So I truly appreciate the input about the cooling. Puts my worries to rest, I was worried I'd have a problem when this got here. And that's a lot of money in one day to be having problems with lol.
Again, thank you. This was bugging the crap out of me.
Btw this is the layout (doing line breaks to show what goes where)
-gtx 560 ti (PCI-E x16 slot)
-gtx 560 ti (hanging over PCI slot)
-sound card (PCI slot)
-gts 250 (PCI-E x8 slot)
-gts 250 (Hanging over PCI slot)
about 1" of extra space on the motherboard, and a couple inches until the PSU's 135mm fan (Which i'm debating on direction: Fan on bottom exhausting towards rear, isolating airflow; or on top, pulling air downward from GPU and out of case- Will probably test both for best results.)
The two GPUs cover up the other 2 PCI slots I could put the sound card into, leaving it to be right in between. So you're saying that should be just fine? The sound card is low-profile, I should add. And will only have the front panel line connected on the interior, nothing else.
Edited by dragonsdontfly, 02 April 2012 - 06:30 PM.
CPU-- AMD Phenom II X3 B55 @ 4.2Ghz
MB-- ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
RAM-- 8GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE DDR3 1600Mhz @9-8-9
GPU-- 1GB GTX 560 Ti @980Mhz (w/ Twin Frozr II)
HDD-- 4,044GB (Multiple varying 7,200 RPM drives, SATA II/III)
PSU-- COUGAR CMX 700 (700W Bronze)
CHASSIS-- NZXT Phantom White, Modded