(Sorry if this is the wrong place, I felt this would be the most appropriate forum for this thread.) I have the opportunity to purchase a used reference Gigabyte 7970 for $500 ($50 off of retail, seller is switching to SLI 680s) and plan to watercool it. However, I just got an email from Gigabyte today in response to the question "Will installing a waterblock, if done properly, void the warranty on the GV-R797D5-3GD-B?". They said installing a waterblock would void the warranty. I am a little apprehensive about spending $500 on the card if there is a chance I could be completely screwed if I choose to watercool it. Has anyone had any first hand experience in RMAing a watercooled Gigabyte card? (with the original thermal solution re-installed, of course) Also, what do you think I should do? I can afford to spend $550 on a brand new 7970 from PowerColor (and I know they are friendly with watercooling as long as you do it right and don't cause damage in the process), but is $50 worth the risk of being completely SOL when the Gigabyte card needs to be RMAed? Thanks in advance.
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3/27/12 at 3:05pm