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It is not optimal. For it to be better than a good air cooling set up in your rig you would be forced to cool the CPU as well, and all told to do it well you would be looking at nearly double what you are looking to spend on just another 580. The FT02 was designed as an air cooling case and it excels at that task.
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That's exactly what I thought. In fact the motivation for purchasing a FT02 was the high price of water cooling. I decided that I'd rather use the money on proper air cooling.

BTW I see in your system profile that your Lightning is running at 840 MHz. Why not higher?
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It's kind of expensive, and I'm a student with no job
So keep your current card it's already awesome...
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That's exactly what I thought. In fact the motivation for purchasing a FT02 was the high price of water cooling. I decided that I'd rather use the money on proper air cooling.

BTW I see in your system profile that your Lightning is running at 840 MHz. Why not higher?
Heat/noise and the fact that I fold 24/7 so I want to use as little voltage as possible (stock volts at 840). I could crank it up when I play games but I don't bother as it doesn't have any trouble with anything I've thrown at it.
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So keep your current card it's already awesome...
That's not what this is about. I'd like to run SLi and seeing as the AXP cooler aren't exactly optimal for usage in FT02, I might sell it at some point and purchase a Lightning instead (for 580 Lightning SLi).
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Heat/noise and the fact that I fold 24/7 so I want to use as little voltage as possible (stock volts at 840). I could crank it up when I play games but I don't bother as it doesn't have any trouble with anything I've thrown at it.
Ah, alright. You say "doesn't even hit 80 degrees at those clocks". Is that around 60 or 70 or such?
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Right now with the hottest thing I've ever run or seen anyone run on a GPU, it's running at 70C with 61% fan speed. If I OC'd up to 940Mhz it would probably hit like 80-82C so I suppose I did exaggerate slightly now that I think about it. However for things like Unigine heaven, crysis or BF3 beta my card gets to like 64C and 55% fan speed at 900Mhz, so these work units I'm folding are incredibly hot and stressful by comparison I haven't run them back to back against Furmark on a card without OCP but I'd imagine they are just as hot/stressful if not more so.
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post #17 of 26
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Ah, alright. So that's pretty much the same as mine. But that's great, since it simply means that they're very comparable in terms of OC. Might just keep the 580 I have and add in the Lightning.
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Regarding WC, how would one do it in FT02? As I see it, the only option is to mount a 4x120 mm (or 4x140 mm if that would fit, possibly with a little modding) in the bottom. But wouldn't that just throw the heat right into the case again?

I might still consider WC if it's optimal in FT02. Unfortunately I'd have to wait a bit longer, possibly just WC current GPU and CPU first, but I could live with that.
You can fit an XSPC RX240 rad at the bottom in push/pull as exhaust, meaning the air gets blown out the bottom of the case. You can set the top fan to exhaust as well, which will create a negative pressure environment inside the case. Your intake fan would be the 180mm at the front of the case, under the hard drives.

I was actually going to buy this case and water cool it, but I went with the 800D instead. I kind of wish I had purchased the FT02 though because I like how small it is.
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Ah, alright. So that's pretty much the same as mine. But that's great, since it simply means that they're very comparable in terms of OC. Might just keep the 580 I have and add in the Lightning.
That sounds like something to decide once you get one Lightning and see how much you like it, but I agree there should be no reason that you're current card and the new Lightning wouldn't work well together.
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It is not optimal. For it to be better than a good air cooling set up in your rig you would be forced to cool the CPU as well, and all told to do it well you would be looking at nearly double what you are looking to spend on just another 580. The FT02 was designed as an air cooling case and it excels at that task.
Of course it's optimal. Water > air. The best air cooler in the world isn't going to touch water cooling.

You don't have to water cool your cpu in order to water cool your gpu, or visa versa either.

It also wouldn't cost double. I'm not sure where you got that idea. To water cool a cpu and a 580, it would cost right around $250. That's an XSPC Rasa 750 RX240 kit with an EK full cover GTX580 block. Pretty much the best you can get for all parts considered.
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