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(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.
post #2 of 6
50 bucks is not enough
 
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Well, if you just watercool it, and it somehow dies on you (assuming that it was a manufacture defect and not your fault, sticking the stock cooler back on PROPERLY whould be enough to get it RMAed by Gigabyte, its not like they will know if you took apart the card or not. I took appart my 5830 tones of times and Sapphire RMAed mine every time... just make sure you put the stock cooler back on before you RMA it thumb.gif
    
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Well, if you just watercool it, and it somehow dies on you (assuming that it was a manufacture defect and not your fault, sticking the stock cooler back on PROPERLY whould be enough to get it RMAed by Gigabyte, its not like they will know if you took apart the card or not. I took appart my 5830 tones of times and Sapphire RMAed mine every time... just make sure you put the stock cooler back on before you RMA it thumb.gif

How difficult is it to make it look as though the original cooler was never removed, in your opinion? And if it was easy for you, were the special stickers conveniently placed, or were they in places that made them difficult to put back? How did you keep from ripping the stickers? (an exacto knife?)
post #5 of 6
I had a reference Gigabyte 5850 that I changed the cooler on numerous times and when it went bad I just put the stock cooler back on and had no problems getting a new card from them. Having said that personally I don't think a saving of $50 is worth the risk of losing warranty.
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post #6 of 6
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Thanks for the input guys. I decided on buying a new 7970 from Powercolor.
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