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I'm having some trouble finding waterblocks for the 5850. Both of my cards are XFX 5850's, however one is reference design and the other is non-reference. Will this prove to be a problem as far as waterblocks are concerned?
I'm in a very similar boat since I'm gearing up to watercool my rig with two 5850's (both reference). Since that GPU is almost two years old now, not all block manufacturers maintain stock in it so choices are limited. Silly me, I wanted EK nickel blocks and figured I'd try and save some money on my first water setup (and not sink so much $ into aging cards), so I bought one used on ebay then figured I'd watch and wait for another one to come up. Great plan, eh? Luckily, the one used block I did buy looks very clean without the slightest visible defect in the plating but now I'm a bit sunk until the smoke clears on the EK plating fiasco.

As you probably know, the blocks for the 5850 and 5870 reference are interchangeable so the block manufacturers make one block to work with both cards. I'm pretty sure the same is true for non-reference layouts although there will be more variations depending on the card manufacturer. But you should definitely verify with either the reseller or the block manufacturer that your specific model non-reference card is compatible with the block.
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IMO, EK blocks are overpriced.
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Thanks for all the replies, everyone!

So you don't think I really need 2 rads for high overclocks on crossfire + i7 920? Well that's good to hear, potentially cuts my price down a good bit.

I really want to get GT 1850's, but like you all know they're like impossible to find. Do you guys recommend using them in a push+pull config, or just a push?

PureOC_Jim, might I ask why you don't think I should go with that kit? I'm interested in hearing all options. This has all been very educational for me.

Thanks guys!
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I dont usually do this, so I apologize, but I really need some help with this. It's all new territory for me. *BUMP*
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I would not get the XSPC Raza. I have heard a few bad pumps and besides he has $400-$500 to spend.

I have a 930 with the Apogee XT, MCP 655 Thermalchill TA 120, Swiftech microres and I overclock 4.5GHz stable at mid 80's temps.... it only gets that high briefly. High 70's low 80's @ 1.44V to help ya. This is am awesome cooling setup.


Hmmm . . . RX360 kit + RX240 RAD + 2 GPU blocks: pretty much adds up to $400-500.

My temps are in the high 20's to low 30's. Currently with stock fans until my GTs get here in a few months.

The AP-15 fans are hard to come by and ate a but pricey. And so many people seem to have not seen the awesome GT-2150 OCN Group Buy ($9 per fan). I'd keep an eye out for future buys.
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