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#1 Aug 30 2010 at 6:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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I very much need to upgrade to a new PC, unfortunately I do not have the money to do so right now.
My PC(an AMD athlon X2 4200+ @2.2Ghz with a 256MB 7900 GS) was only getting a black screen for the benchmark.

I assumed there was no way my PC was going to be able to run FFXIV and I was going to have to wait until march to play on PS3. Then when SE released the minimum PC specs, I was quite happy to learn my CPU was slightly above the minimum to run the game. I only needed to upgrade my GPU to get my rig up to par.

So I do a little research to find the best GPU i can afford (and would also run on the meager 300w PSU I have) and i settled on a a XFX HD 4770. I bought the card on amazon, received it in the mail a few days later and open my case to install it.

Well... I'm a dumbass and I didn't bother to make sure there was physically enough room on my motherboard for the card.
The XFX 4770 has a rather large fan casing and the heatsink from the CPU was in the way.

As i sat there cursing myself for being so foolish, it occurred to me: maybe i could modify this thing to fit somehow.
I looked over the card and got out a screwdriver and removed the fan case. This allowed me to fit the card in the slot, but there was no way I could keep it like that. The fan wasn't really getting any air to the GPU heatsink.

I realized I was going to have to completely reshape the fan cover somehow. I headed to wal-mart and bought some note cards, electrical tape and a $3 hacksaw. I sawed the bulk of the fan case apart from the fan housing and constructed my own custom wind tunnel from tape and note cards.
This is the result:
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b291/Mattarutaru/08-30-10_0731.jpg

After all that work I ran the benchmark and got a 1550 on low. I know by most standards this is a terrible score, but going from unplayable to 1550 is awesome for me ^_^;

I hope to see many of you in game sept. 22! (assuming my PC doesn't explode before then -_-;)
#2 Aug 30 2010 at 6:21 AM Rating: Good
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Lol. I hope SE knows how dedicated some are.
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#3 Aug 30 2010 at 6:48 AM Rating: Good
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Are those empty toilet paper rolls?

If so, that's awesome! Not quite as awesome as the girl in Kick-***, but still pretty awesome!

Edited, Aug 30th 2010 8:48am by ShonaSeraph
#4 Aug 30 2010 at 6:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Heh, yeah I had to use toilet paper rolls to support the card because i had to remove the metal "brace" thingy on the end(near the dvi ports). It was double wide, one side had the ports and the other was fan exhaust.The fan exhaust side was in the way of my ps/2 mouse keyboard ports, so i just took the whole thing off. This left the card with no secure connection to the mobo other than the PCIE slot. So in order to prevent damage to the slot itself(or the card) I propped it up on some TP tubes.
#5 Aug 30 2010 at 6:57 AM Rating: Good
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rate-Up for ingenuity and awesomeness!
#6 Aug 30 2010 at 7:45 AM Rating: Good
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You should make a whole case out of cardboard.

Similar to what this guy did...
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1068437
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#7 Aug 30 2010 at 7:48 AM Rating: Good
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And to think the best thing I was ever able to do with old toilet paper rolls was make a weed pipe when I was in school.
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#8 Aug 30 2010 at 7:58 AM Rating: Good
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cool =D anyway final release should be better optimized..or at least drivers video will be! i'm with a i7 920 4.00ghz 480gtx and cant' play to max very well..game must be 60fps with everything maxed =D
#9 Aug 30 2010 at 8:48 AM Rating: Excellent
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You're right, no one should try this at home, probably not even you. I don't mean to sound like I am flaming you or anything, just letting you know that this was a very bad idea.

First of all, it's highly unlikely that what you've done there is going to provide airflow and ventilation equal to what the factory plastic casing would have, so you may have some issues with the card overheating when a full load is put on it. Add to this the fact that you used notecards and toilet paper rolls (paper/cardboard=flammable) and you've essentially turned your computer into a fire hazard. The first time you put full stress on that card (by doing something such as running FFXIV) you're likely to burn your house down.

If you're set on using this jury rigged contraption in your computer, I'd recommend you leave the side panel off your PC all the time and set a large fan next to it drawing air away from the inside of the computer. While this is still by no means safe, it will make everything in your PC run a little cooler and reduce the risk of combustion.

It's clear that you're dedicated to FFXIV, and have your heart set on being able to play it, so good luck with that.
#10 Aug 30 2010 at 10:30 AM Rating: Good
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Lmao, -1 for quality but +100 for effort!
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#11 Aug 30 2010 at 11:57 AM Rating: Good
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That's...

You...

But...

I...

Wow.

Well, so long as it works. :)
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#12 Aug 30 2010 at 12:02 PM Rating: Good
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Add to this the fact that you used notecards and toilet paper rolls (paper/cardboard=flammable) and you've essentially turned your computer into a fire hazard. The first time you put full stress on that card (by doing something such as running FFXIV) you're likely to burn your house down.
#13 Aug 30 2010 at 12:10 PM Rating: Good
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Osarion, Goblin in Disguise wrote:
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Add to this the fact that you used notecards and toilet paper rolls (paper/cardboard=flammable) and you've essentially turned your computer into a fire hazard. The first time you put full stress on that card (by doing something such as running FFXIV) you're likely to burn your house down.


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#14 Aug 30 2010 at 12:16 PM Rating: Good
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Meh, Card was useless to him without doing that so why not. You're probably going to overheat it to ****, but it'll shut down before it gets to firestarter temps. The processer might hit 100C but 2cm away (where the cardboard is) it won't be anywhere near half of that. Does cardboard catch fire on a hot sunny day where you are? I'd leave the side off the case though unless you have a super fan of doom on there.
#15 Aug 30 2010 at 12:25 PM Rating: Good
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This is why I say real men use full towers :)
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#16 Aug 30 2010 at 12:26 PM Rating: Decent
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Yes i am well aware of the potential fire hazard. However I have taken (what I think are)appropriate precautions.
You can't tell but the inside of the cards are completely coated with fireproof electrical tape.
In addition i've been keeping a close eye on the temp in CCC. It idles @ approx 50 C and during the FFXIV benchmark(set to loop for 30 min) as well as other performance stress tests, It tops off @ about 75-77 C. Which from what i've researched is well within the normal range.

Oh and I also have a freshly charged fire extinguisher within arms reach ^-^
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