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I don't know too much about watercooling, so bear with me and help steer me in the right direction! I am just barely starting to think about this, so I thought I might come to you guys for my initial thoughts and see what would make sense...

Alright, so this summer I want to do two projects...I am going to sleeve extensions of all my cables for my build, and I want to WC my GTX 460's. Partly for temperature decreases, and partly because I am itching to do more and thought it might be a badass modification to my current set-up.

I know most people prefer to start off with their CPU's, but nothing I have done has bottlenecked my CPU to even kind of come close to its heat threshold. I will probably add it to a loop later, but I want to start off with my 460's because they get pretty hot running on top of each other, in pretty much any game, and they get stressed because I like to max out every setting I can, especially anti-aliasing, considering I am playing 4 feet from a 40 inch screen...;P

I was thinking of a good place for a radiator for my HAF X, and I feel like I would really like to have a radiator in the front of my case in the area left open by my 4 5.25 inch bays:



And here is where I would plan to go with it maybe in the fall when I add my CPU to the loop:



Basically, I just want to find out if there are any options that exist as far as fan/radiators that would fit well in that open unused area I have in the front, where would a pump fit perfectly in such a set-up, and is a reservoir really necessary, etc?

And overall, does my reasoning make any sense?
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get a better card and watercool it :$
they dont create enough heat for it and overclock fine unless your looking for a silent pc your going to spend a butt load on fans that are good and everything else
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get a better card and watercool it :$
they dont create enough heat for it and overclock fine unless your looking for a silent pc your going to spend a butt load on fans that are good and everything else
this, i suggest you sell them both and get a GTX480 for cheap and water cool it.
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this, i suggest you sell them both and get a GTX480 for cheap and water cool it.
Nah, I like my GTX 460's, and I plan to keep them at least a year or two.
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Nah, I like my GTX 460's, and I plan to keep them at least a year or two.
you can get a 480 for around 225$ to 275$ just saw a 480 for 225$ earlier today on market place or 300$ with waterblock already installed and ull save on power also
and can always SLI 480 like im doing
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Thanks for the suggestion, but again, I'm partial towards my GTX 460's and don't have any desire to upgrade them. I'm not trying to gain as much performance as possible, I'm perfectly satisfied with my performance and am not feeling any bottlenecks, just trying to lower the temps of what I already have and do it for the cool factor and to have a new project. That, and as long as this loop ends up under 1k, money isn't an issue.
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post #7 of 25
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Thanks for the suggestion, but again, I'm partial towards my GTX 460's and don't have any desire to upgrade them. I'm not trying to gain as much performance as possible, I'm perfectly satisfied with my performance and am not feeling any bottlenecks, just trying to lower the temps of what I already have and do it for the cool factor and to have a new project. That, and as long as this loop ends up under 1k, money isn't an issue.
what temps are you hitting with your 460s that make you uncomfortable and 1k on watercooled 460s would be nuts lol
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what temps are you hitting with your 460s that make you uncomfortable and 1k on watercooled 460s would be nuts lol
Nothing extremely high, I'd just like to keep them low. And yeah, I pretty much set that maximum just to give off that I am not really worried about saving dollars here and there, and don't mind sacrificing a tiny bit of performance or money for looks.
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well your plan looks pretty good id recommend getting a 360 if you can EK blocks also usually can find a couple on forums at a decent price
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post #10 of 25
I would kinda take these guys advice on watercooling the 460's, you maybe thinking why I have, it's only because I already had a mcw60 block (modding an apogee gt cpu block for my other card at the moment) and I didn't really spend a lot to water cool them, only thing I bourght was the enzotech RAM heatsinks.

What 460 do you currently have? and what temps do you see under load and gaming?
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