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The holidays will be soon be upon us and I was contemplating what I would like to upgrade next should the prices be right. Initially I was planning on watercooling my rig but it's nearly impossible to find another reference Sapphire 7970 without paying an arm and a leg.

My current options are...

Crossfire
Reference 7970 of another brand either used ($350) or new (~$400 + farcry3/hitman/sleeping dogs) and possibly watercool later or next build.
Non-reference 7970 ~$400-$450 (farcry3/hitman/sleeping dogs) + Artic Cooling Accelero Extreme $72. Don't watercool GPUs but possibly set up CPU loop much later and add new GPU's on next build or just save money and do it all next build.

Watercooling
Dazmode XSPC Raystorm Custom kit ~$275 + GPU block $125 then save up for another GPU+Block or whole new build.

I'm not a crazy overclocker but I do love tinkering with my computer. I usually leave my 7970 at 1125/1575 (mostly because it's reference) and am working on slowly overclocking my 3770k 4.2GHz up around 4.4 to 4.5 GHz on a hyper212+. One way or another my next build will have watercooling for sure. Can't decide between more power and better cooling.

It all pretty much comes out to around $400-$450 so I was interested in what other OCN opinions on the matter might be thumb.gif.
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post #2 of 4

why do you want to watercool? if its not for silent gaming then just get another 7970 and xfire and stay on air for the gpus at least. you wont gain much of an overclock over air cooling. if you want a quiet setup then get a water loop with quiet fans.

    
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What monitor/res do you use for gaming? Isn't one 7970 enough for you. Watercooling is fun, but be careful there, its highly addictive. There will always be something you want to change/upgrade/add.
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You like tinkering? Go with watercooling. Lots of tinkering to do there. Crossfire is just crossfire, it either works or it's a sharp pain in the testes. Not a lot of tinkering there. Soaking up the heat from that ivy chip will help a lot with your overclock too. You can pretty much just shoot for the moon, find where your CPU hits it's limit, tweak it a bit for efficiency and stability, and call it a day. No worrying about temperatures at all. Pretty much the same for your GPU. Once temperature is taken out of the equation, the rest is a cakewalk.
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