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Need help with 2 things, cpu+sli 560ti, and water cooling

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So I am thinking about getting another evga gtx 560 ti. Currently I have:
I5-2500k (stock)
750 watt psu
evga gtx 560 ti (stock clock)
Thermaltake Element G case
thermaltake heat sink (forgot which, not that it really matters)
and a Gigabyte z68x-ud3h-b3

So my questions are...
With the power supply and processor, will this all be able to handle the two 560's? I would say yes but I like second or third (etc) opinions.
What would be the end result for performance on two (possibly 3 for BF3) monitors both on each card?

And the kind of off topic question...
I am thinking about switching from air cooling to first water cooling the cpu with a corsair H80 to fit in the case. Good idea for beginner water cooling?
Thoughts on this specific cooler?
What are the chances of leaks (assuming it was installed correctly)

Any help would be freaking sweet.
Thanks in advance
post #2 of 8
Yes your PSU is enough for two 560ti's.
The performance of two 560ti's on BF3 surround would be not good at ultra, but acceptable at high. Are these 2gb versions? IMO It's a better idea to sell one 560 ti and get a 670/7950. Both overclock very well.

Yes the H80 is a good cooler, but why waste $80 of you are going to do WC in the future?
As for leaks, a well-built system will be less prone to leaks than an AIO.
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Well to be honest, I have been running BF3 on ultra for some time now, without seeing any artifacts or whatnot. But I usually turn it down to about high just to conserve a little. However, after actually realizing that I only have the 1gb 560 ti (v.v) I am leaning more towards getting another. I dont really want to replace it though, I just bought this about a year ago. But on the other hand, I could sell it and get an upgrade. that evga 670 is sexy as hell.

What do you mean waste $80?
post #4 of 8
I assumed you wanted to move up to a custom loop water cooling. I say go for custom first.
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yeah i was contemplating getting the h80 to start with for my i5. was planning on doing a little bit oc. Have any overclocking references for a i5-2500k that are stable?
Not to mention, I think that I am still in the beginning stages of wc so I wouldnt feel comfortable building my own custom loop. This is why the h80 seems like a pretty good idea. I dont want to overload either, just something to give a noticeable change in my cpu speed, and then thats about it. Not lookin to potentially have to replace this expensive ass thing lol.
post #6 of 8
as suggested above sell GTX 560 Ti and go single HD 7950 boost or GTX 670. both these cards are on par and better than GTX 560 Ti SLI. the 1 GB VRAM will bottleneck your cards. BF3 with Ultra 4X MSAA would run out of VRAM and have sudden fps drops. with newer games 1GB VRAM is going to be a signficant handicap. Also SLI scaling can be inconsistent depending on game. with multi gpu you also face microstuttering. a single GPU is the best option.
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Originally Posted by flakkattack View Post

yeah i was contemplating getting the h80 to start with for my i5. was planning on doing a little bit oc. Have any overclocking references for a i5-2500k that are stable?
Not to mention, I think that I am still in the beginning stages of wc so I wouldnt feel comfortable building my own custom loop. This is why the h80 seems like a pretty good idea. I dont want to overload either, just something to give a noticeable change in my cpu speed, and then thats about it. Not lookin to potentially have to replace this expensive ass thing lol.

You should be able to pull a 4.4-4.6 Ghz overclock with reasonable temps on a 2500k without too much voltage.
About WC, i'm pretty insane so I'll take any risks, but it's all your choice.
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Would you recommend using software to oc the i5 or would you recommend using the bios? if software, what kind?
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