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Best GTX 570 model and VGA cooling unit? Advice needed

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First, I've been comparing 570's to each other and was wondering if there was any noticeable difference between the models/brands? I've been planning to go with the EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) but haven't made a decision yet as I'm still shopping prices.

Second, I'm having problems finding an aftermarket VGA cooler for the GTX 570. I've read in some reviews on multiple sites that people have had heat issues with their GTX 570 and my case (P183) isn't exactly the best for cooling anyway (decided to try to balance cooling vs. noise reduction by going with the p183 case and replacing all of the fans/cooling units). The following have been recommended:

Thermalright Shaman (can't find one stateside)
ARCTIC Accelero S1 VGA Cooler (not compatible w/ GTX 570 that I can tell)
ARCTIC Accelero XTREME Plus II (a bit too expensive and possibly too large for build)

The Shaman is about as high as I would like to go price wise (and that is mainly because I've read it is so good). I would also prefer it have a PWM fan because I've read I can set the speeds in BIOS but that isn't important if there are other ways to do this.

I've posted on a few websites and people keep pointing me towards water cooling units. Being my first build, I'm really not that comfortable setting up or maintaining a water cooling unit.

Anyone have some suggestions? After I get this taken care of, I'll start finalizing my MB and making sure everything will work. Once that is done, it is just a matter of finding good deals.

Thanks for any advice you can give.

Build
Case: Antec P183
MB: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO (still shopping)
CPU: i7-2600k or i5-2500k (yes I know consensus is i5-2500k)
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 570 (still shopping)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HD
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB SSD
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series 750W
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

CM 212+ and Scythe SLIPSTREAM PWM (x3)
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msi gtx570 twin froza ii has a nice cooler

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0378189

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The EVGA cards all have great stock coolers on them, Vapor Chamber. You shouldnt have to get another cooler for it. I prefer the coolers that exhaust all the hot air out of the case. Twin frozr coolers vent all that hot air inside the case and raise the temps of all of your other components. Most aftermarket coolers do the same. That is going to be a serious issue in that small case. I oc my 570 to 900mhz core, 1800mhz shaders and it hits 70c in furmark with about 60% fanspeed. Not that bad at all considering. At stock it rarely gets over 60c on 45% fanspeed.
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I have the Asus DC II, but imop I'd say the MSI Twin Frozer III is the very best. Both the ASUS and MSI have amazing cooling, but the ASUS is a triple slot and huge. The MSI is also clocked faster. You won't need after market cooling with either of these.
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Okay so consensus of those who posted seems to be the MSI GTX 570 Twin Frozr III. I've seen similar comments/suggestions on a couple of other websites so I will definitely look into it.

Do you all feel the stock cooler is sufficient?

imh073p, yes my case is smaller than I was originally was going with but I decided to try to balance noise reduction with cooling (and price of course). I'm sure I would have been better off to go with the CM HAF 932 (as originally planned) but I got the P183 for ~$100 and it seems like a very good case in its own right (and is a bit on the large side for a mid tower). So I saved $50 and should be able to cut out some noise, just a matter of doing what I can now to make sure the temps stay relatively low.

Thanks for the feedback guys, really appreciate it.
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