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If you're wanting it to be quiet, then yes, water cool it. I have a GIGABYTE GTX 480 SOC, and while it's great, I had to RMA it 2 times before I got one with a stable factory OC. If I were you, I would see if EVGA still sells the GTX 480 that comes with a water block. If not, it might be best to get an OC'ed version with the reference cooler on it so you can throw a full cover block on the card.
Thanks. If I get one of those EVGA Superclocked GTX480s will this water block fit it OK? From what I can see on EK's website it will, but just to check...
 
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asus gtx 480 seems to be really cheap at the mo; certainly in the UK at least. I've decided that if and when I come to buy a gtx 480, id be watercooling, both to make it quieter and cooler, but also to allow for a higher overclock.

A gtx 570 might keep up with a stock 480, but once you overclock a gtx 480 its faster than the overclocked 570 folks, dont forget that.
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I've got my fan profile set to not go above 80% and at that level it's really not much louder than my old 6850. Heat is huge, most games will run around 80c while witcher 2 will run about 90c, but it's not really an issue as it's external exhaust. My CPU temps have actually gone down since installing this card. Make sure you have a high airflow case if you don't plan to WC though.
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I've got my fan profile set to not go above 80% and at that level it's really not much louder than my old 6850. Heat is huge, most games will run around 80c while witcher 2 will run about 90c, but it's not really an issue as it's external exhaust. My CPU temps have actually gone down since installing this card. Make sure you have a high airflow case if you don't plan to WC though.
Thanks everyone for your feedback. Is the ASUS GTX480 much faster/slower than the EVGA one?

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I have this Zotac AMP GTX480, it is OC'ed and never gets over 72C in FSX. It has a great two fan cooler and I do not think it is loud at all. I use Afterburner to set a fan speed profile.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500166
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as far as im aware OP all gtx 480s are just reference cards, the only difference is the different warranty's the cards come with and if there sold pre overclocked. Personally id rather save like £30 and buy a stock GPU and just overclock it myself.
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post #17 of 25
EVGA GTX 480 $369.99 for vendor in my opinion. I'm biased honestly.

EVGA GTX 460 2Win would be a great dual GPU alternative for a bit more at $399.99
     
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The 2win won't work as it's dual gpu, OP stated he needed a non SLI solution.

I would get reference + waterblock personally, there have been quite a few recently for good prices in the for sale section
     
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And if you want new technology,low tempetures and low noise get this baby
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-564-_-Product

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A gtx 570 might keep up with a stock 480, but once you overclock a gtx 480 its faster than the overclocked 570 folks, dont forget that.
Can you explain this to me ?
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