01-13-08, 08:06 AM
HI. I am not a gamer, yet, but I do want to get into some pretty high level stuff, so I want to set up my system. I have been doing some research. So here goes: I have a HP Pavilion M9040n. I has an Intel Q6600 dual core processor. It came with a Nividia GE 8400 card and a 300 watt power supply. The case has a secondary exhaust fan just opposite the GPU, in addition to the PSU fan. Not sure of the CFM of that fan. I have ordered a PC Cooling 750 watt PSU from Newegg and will upgrade in preparation for a better video card. After a looking at a lot of cards, it seems that I like the Gigabyte 8800GT512 and I am on Newegg's waiting list. From what I read, it looks like the 8800GT's have a big cooling problem. The Gigabyte with the Zalman cooler looks like it will certainly help, but I wonder if it will be enough. I use my computer about 90% in the desktop mode and the other 10% will be in gaming, so I want a quiet computer. I have my HP in an alcove in my desk that is enclosed on 3 sides, the front being the only open area. It looks like the fans draw their air in from the right side of the computer and out the back. I think case cooling could be a problem for me, since the expelled air might be reintroduced into the cooling loop. I am open to any and all suggestions on how to get a good video card, reasonably good, but not absolutely crazy top notch performance, and reliability and quietness. I don't want to have to replace a video card in under a year because of heat and OC issues. THanks for your help!!!!!