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i am planning on doing my first watercooled rig in about December/January with Bulldozer and Kepler (if they are out).
i am set on the CPU block (EK Supreme HF Nickel Plexi) but im not sure whether to wait and get an EVGA Hydro copper card for the new Keplers or buy a card and block seperately......as i am a sucker for warranty and would like to keep it so dont want to risk breaking a card by putting the block on or it breaking while in use and them having to RMA it and be refused.

but do you think there is much of a risk in breaking a GPU putting a block on? (plus i dont think i will overclock them much)
Edited by computer/noob - 7/26/11 at 8:55am
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i am planning on doing my first watercooled rig in about December/January with Bulldozer and Kepler (if they are out).
i am set on the CPU block (EK Supreme HF Nickel Plexi) but im not sure whether to wait and get an EVGA Hydro copper card for the new Keplers or buy a card and block seperately......as i am a sucker for warranty and would like to keep it so dont want to risk breaking a card by putting the block on.

but do you think there is much of a risk in breaking a GPU putting a block on? (plus i dont think i will overclock them much)
+1 for the Hydrocopper. Great little cards. Plus, they're single slot, so you don't have a dual slot backplate left over like when you install a custom block on a ref card.
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honestly if your THAT worried about breaking the cards and not confident in your skills to install a GPU block then I would suggest getting the hydro copper cards. that way you save your self the haste of installing and warranty. Personally I could care less about the warranty so I would install the blocks my self because I know I can do it.
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im sure i could do it....i would take time doing it the first time but mroe worried about the card breakign down the line somewhere and having to relpace it :/

thanks for the fast replies, i wasnt expecting it

EDIT: One thing i jsut remembered i dont like about the Hydro coppers is that they dont have a Plexi/Acrylic side as i was planning on using dyed coolant instead of coloured tubing.
1) as then i can see the coolant
2) when i drain it i will be able to see whether i do need to clean any gunk out of the block (im lazy)
post #5 of 19
If you're looking for something quick and easy, go with the hydrocopper. If you'd rather have higher performance and don't care about doing some work, then go with an aftermarket block. Most of them will perform better than the hydrocopper, as well as save you some cash.

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+1 for the Hydrocopper. Great little cards. Plus, they're single slot, so you don't have a dual slot backplate left over like when you install a custom block on a ref card.
yes, but the dual slot backplate does support the weight of the card + block much better than a single slot solution.
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post #6 of 19
Get the one with the warranty else you wouldn't be asking this question . It can be easy to ruin a lidless core on a gpu fitting a block but if you're careful it will be fine. The graphics card will be new tech and perhaps have a bug in it that's yet to be found which you need to consider so warranty again is good here.

The cooling may be slightly better from an aftermarket block but that probably wont give you much more of an overclock which will give you a very small change in frame rates, it's not really worth it unless it saves you money imo. Afterall the card will likely be overkill on release and you can fit a better block later on if you really want.
Edited by staceyeliz - 7/26/11 at 9:04am
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i was thinking about the performance as well.....plus having a dual slot wont matter in a TJ07.
The hydro coppers also seems more expensive than buying the card and block yourself? so i was thinking in that terms as well
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+1 for the Hydrocopper. Great little cards. Plus, they're single slot, so you don't have a dual slot backplate left over like when you install a custom block on a ref card.
hydrocoppers are made by swiftech and they are really restrictive. I would use koolance water blocks
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im sure i could do it....i would take time doing it the first time but mroe worried about the card breakign down the line somewhere and having to relpace it :/

thanks for the fast replies, i wasnt expecting it

EDIT: One thing i jsut remembered i dont like about the Hydro coppers is that they dont have a Plexi/Acrylic side as i was planning on using dyed coolant instead of coloured tubing.
1) as then i can see the coolant
2) when i drain it i will be able to see whether i do need to clean any gunk out of the block (im lazy)
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hydrocoppers are made by swiftech and they are really restrictive. I would use koolance water blocks
Really? Why would you say koolance? I personally have had nothing but problems with their products. Personally, I'd go with the heatkiller or aquacomputer, as I've had nothing but great performance, easy installation, and no quality problems with both of those. EK also makes really good blocks, but they're a pain to install because of the standoff system that they use.
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