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Just wondering do the gtx460 coolers only fit reference or would I be able to fit it on my asus non reference?

Also to liquid cool my CPU and GPU, how much would this cost me?
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Just wondering do the gtx460 coolers only fit reference or would I be able to fit it on my asus non reference?

Also to liquid cool my CPU and GPU, how much would this cost me?
The full cover blocks are largely only for reference cards. Swifttech does have a chart of what their full cover blocks are compatible with, so just drop by their website. However you can use a universal block + ram heatsinks such as the swifttech MCW82. How much, well it's up to you on how much you want to spend. I'd recommend a something like Black Ice 360 + 60-80$ for a pump + $20-40 for a res + $15 for some tubing + $10-20 for some fittings + 2-3 for distilled water + 6 for some kill coil + 80 for universal and heatsinks. And whatever you spend on extra fans if you need them.
    
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Okay. I'd think it be cheaper + less work if I get a res + pump combo? And wouldn't it be better to use dedicated coolant so if it leaks it won't kill my comp?
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Well I jsut got my asus today so I can still exchange it no problem. How can I tell what is reference? Are all EVGAs reference?
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Sorry for the triple post. But the 4 screws around the GPU look the same on an EVGA and an ASUS. Think I could just get the universal and then put heatsinks on the mosfets/vram chips?
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to be honest, I've never had a leak. Not once. As long as you are careful you won't have that issue. If you want to discuss coolants, I'd say look into nanofluids (www.icedragoncooling.com) but I'd give the feser and primochill coolants and just go your basic Distilled+Pt Nuke or kill coil. It's cheap and some of the best.
I personally like noncombos because if the pump fails, you don't have to worry about if it will come out of the rad and finding a replica to replace it. You just replace the pump. This also leaves room for expansion within your system, in case you go SLI/Crossfire and/or expand to the CPU.
And yes, the universal should work on all of them. THe full cover blocks also get the ram/mosfets. The reason the full covers don't fit everything are because of the various capacitors and arrangements of the ram/mosfets can vary some. But the GPU itself should have the same holes and everything to match. The main thing is that you just can use the full cover blocks. Also if it is reference, it will usually say so.
    
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