Yesterday I learned something. It's not a good idea to sandwich an Nvidia 5300 graphics card between two Nvidia 8800 GTX cards. This results in the passively-cooled 5300 becoming so hot that it melts solder. Look at the melted solder in the image above. Cool. Mind you, the rest of my computer is smokin' hot too, quad core, 4GB of RAM, 2.25 TB of HD.
So today I spent pretty much the whole day reorganizing my office so the Monster can sit beside my desk instead of under it, with better airflow all round. Of course, if I had a decent size office I could have done it in a flash, but that's what comes of being a state employee in a university that puts image (look at how parsimonious we are) before substance (meaning an office that's actually more functional than a hamster cage). Also I have too many cables, that might have something to do with it.