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Waterblock Dilemma

post #1 of 5
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A few weeks ago I got my Asus 780 with reference cooler and whilst waiting for the delivery I splashed out on the appropriate ek full cover block and back plate to go with it.

The problem is that I still have the block and the backplate sitting in a drawer waiting to be installed because I just cant bring myself to install them onto the card meaning removing the titan cooler.
I'm not a huge overclocker. I went for watercooling mainly because its quiet and when I was running my 580 phantom, the noise was far too loud for my wife as my pc is in the lounge (she loves my mechanical keyboard rolleyes.gif) The titan cooler just isn't loud at all. Temps never exceed 80c on the card and it barely breaks a whisper.

The other problem is that when I bought the block I also upgraded to a 360mm x 45mm rad to go with it and thats been installed so the cpu is almost super cool and the machine is very quiet but its overkill for cooling a 3770k which usually runs only a mild overclock.

I'm just after a few opinions really. Should I remove the lovely cooler and install a pretty much non-descript waterblock or keep the lovely titan-esq lump on the side of the card.

Opinions welcome.
post #2 of 5
As good as the reference cooler is and looks, the block is gonna cool better. while i don't know how your system is setup it doesn't matter how good it looks if you cant see it.
    
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post #3 of 5
I'd say go ahead and install it - GPUs are so nice and quiet on water.

Or, alternatively, you could send it to me and I'll install it thumb.gif
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I think those answers are probably enough for me. Thank you gentlemen. I have something to do at the weekend now although the credit card needs to come out for some new tubing.rolleyes.gif
post #5 of 5
Install it and look forward to a quieter card running a 50°C max (probably more like 40-45°C).
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