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Okay, I want to add 1 more consideration into the mix. I want to watercool as much of this computer as possible, but don't want to waste a lot of money on waterblocks that won't be useful for future upgrades. I have little experience with waterblocks. I assume I will be able to reuse my CPU block in the future, but what about MB/GPU blocks? I don't want to shell out 150 for a GPU block that I'll need to replace in 2 years.
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Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
Get yourself 35 rep and hit the "For Sale" thread section. Even if the card's outdated for gaming, it'll still fold. I'm sure someone will hit you up for it.
35 rep is easier said than done, lol.
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Okay, I want to add 1 more consideration into the mix. I want to watercool as much of this computer as possible, but don't want to waste a lot of money on waterblocks that won't be useful for future upgrades. I have little experience with waterblocks. I assume I will be able to reuse my CPU block in the future, but what about MB/GPU blocks? I don't want to shell out 150 for a GPU block that I'll need to replace in 2 years.
Officially out of my territory - exactly why I stick to air. The cost incurred just isn't worth it for me in the long run. My 6950 doesn't hit 53C on full load with 50% fan speed on air, and my 4 GHz i7 loads around 75C folding. Happy as a clam.

Anyway, it's this old man's bedtime. Good luck with your build, good sir.
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post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by imblind View Post
Okay, I want to add 1 more consideration into the mix. I want to watercool as much of this computer as possible, but don't want to waste a lot of money on waterblocks that won't be useful for future upgrades. I have little experience with waterblocks. I assume I will be able to reuse my CPU block in the future, but what about MB/GPU blocks? I don't want to shell out 150 for a GPU block that I'll need to replace in 2 years.
Well this is a relatively simple one... Yes, the CPU block will most likely be re-usable with future sockets, even if the manufacturer doesn't make a new mounting plate you could custom one pretty easily...

As to the graphics and MB... difficult to say the least... To ensure future compatibility, you would need generic blocks that cover only the most important areas, such as:
Swiftech MCW80 for your graphics
and Universal chipset block for the motherboard, however, you would need multiple different ones for the motherboard, which becomes quite restrictive on the loop, and in the case of the graphics card, it leaves all the VRMs and other things that need cooling uncooled, so you need extra little heatsinks and stuff for that.
    
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post #15 of 24
Oh yeah, and having 3 little waterblocks on the motherboard looks really bad to me, but that is personal opinion
    
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post #16 of 24
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Well this is a relatively simple one... Yes, the CPU block will most likely be re-usable with future sockets, even if the manufacturer doesn't make a new mounting plate you could custom one pretty easily...

As to the graphics and MB... difficult to say the least... To ensure future compatibility, you would need generic blocks that cover only the most important areas, such as:
Swiftech MCW80 for your graphics
and Universal chipset block for the motherboard, however, you would need multiple different ones for the motherboard, which becomes quite restrictive on the loop, and in the case of the graphics card, it leaves all the VRMs and other things that need cooling uncooled, so you need extra little heatsinks and stuff for that.
I can skip out on the MB cooling, but how does that graphics block perform? Is it a big difference between that and a full block?

edit: and that block works for the 5-- Series?
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post #17 of 24
I am unsure of exact performance, but I would expect the little chip only block to perform equally or better in terms of that part, but I'm not 100% sure on this, and the other parts of the card would definately not be cooled as well by little copper or aluminium heatsinks as they would be by a full-cover block.
    
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Second option. you can always upgrade at a later date.
 
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post #19 of 24
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This is the RAM that would be used for the 2nd build (my current RAM):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231193

Is this RAM too bad to overclock with? Will it and the 2nd build's motherboard be able to overclock the 860 effectively?
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OK well, that particular block would need some slight modding, but one such as this XSPC RASA GPU Block will fit.
    
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