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AMD 7970 Gaphics Card and Cooling Block

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I am looking to buy dual AMD 7970 video cards with the intent to try and overclock them. I was planning on using XFX Cards, but they don't make reference designed 7970 anymore. Does anyone have a suggestion on which card to get that have a reference design model so I can buy a liquid cooling block for them? If they come with software to help overclock that would be ideal. Also any suggestions on which cooling block to buy? From the feedback I have gotten this far people have been saying just get any reference card and any cooling block because its hard to compare them.
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Diamond and Visiontek are reference. I also think the MSI 7970 TF3 is reference. But again, I could be wrong about these.
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Seagate 2TB ST32000542AS  Seagate ST4000LM016 4TB 2.5" x2 (FP58) Sony BD-5850H w/Silverstone FP58 PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 1/2"ID... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
8x Barrow 1/2"ID x 3/4"OD Compression Fittings 2x Barrow 3/8"ID x 1/2"OD Compression Fittings 3x Barrow 40mm g1/4 Extenders 1x Barrow 30mm g1/4 Extender 
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1x Barrow 20mm g1/4 Extender 5x Barrow 90-degree g1/4 Single Rotary Koolance RP-401X2 Rev 1.1 PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda LP 2TB x2 WD Caviar Green 2TB x1 Sony BD-5850H w/Silverstone FP58 Koolance 380i 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x Swiftech MCP655B D5 Pumps XSPC M20 to G1/4" Fillport 1x Bitspower 90-degree Single Rotary 1x Bitspower 20mm g1/4 extender 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x Bitspower 10mm g1/4 extenders 2x Bitspower D-Plug Sets (BP-MBWP-C07) 2x Bitspower 3/8"ID x 1/2"OD Compression Fittings 1x Bitspower 1/2"ID x 3/4"OD Single Rotary Comp... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
4x Bitspower 1/2"ID x 3/4"OD 45-degree Dual Rot... 3x Bitspower 1/2"ID x 3/4"OD 90-degree Triple R... 1x Bitspower 45-degree Single Rotary Koolance VID-AR290X Rev 1.0  
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-FB GA Z87X-OC Force PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID... PrimoChill PrimoFlex Advanced LRT Tubing 1/2"ID... Magicool Extreme Triple 180mm x 35mm Slim Radiator 
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any suggestions for a cooling block?
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I had a 7970 in my last system with a Koolance block. Worked well. Still shiny.

Card was a Diamond. It has some coil whine if I try to run 3 monitors from it.
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