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GTX 680 SLI cooling solution

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Was thinking about building a custom loop for my reference GTX 680's in 2-way sli.One is a Galaxy ,the other EVGA. My 15 year old Son is a major Gamer ,& With the new Consoles coming out ,and no way I am able to replace the 680's with newer cards,I think it is time to overclock them ,and get them really shining. Is it worth it ,at this point in their life cycle to add waterblocks to them? It just seems silly to waste money on a PS4 or XBox One when this system should be able to out perform them easily. Any input greatly appreciated.
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Honestly SLI'd 680s right now can max out any game out there right now.
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^^ this. 680s are fantastic. I don't see why you feel the need to overclock. What games are you having problems with?
Edited by jameyscott - 9/20/13 at 6:49pm
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I know how you feel. My son is 19 and loves to play consoles. I think he likes them more because all his friends are on there too. My 560 ti plays most games fairly well better than consoles. But to be honest I dont really like him on my computer all the time. Just because kids will be kids and do things on it that I wouldnt. That way I cant get resentful if something happens. Just a thought.
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I say you put him on the 560 ti and to tell him to get a job and build his own. Your son is very lucky to have a father like you dropping over 2000 for a gaming system like that.
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^^ this. 680s are fantastic. I don't see why you feel the need to overclock. What games are you having problems with?
Thanks for replying.Actually ,none at all. They are pretty deadly! Actually kinda ticked that GTA V didn't launch for the PC . I have always wanted to try my hand at a custom WC loop. The 680's seem to scale amazingly in SLI,so they put me pretty close to a Titan. My main concern is not having enough V-Ram to play next years premium titles.
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You have the problem that most have. tongue.gif VRAM does not scale from game to game. The game scales with the VRAM. For instance. A lot of people could have 2.2GB used on their 7970s, but when I had my 770s, I never saw above 1.5GB.
Custom water cooling is a new way to approach your PC, but for SLI cards, it will be expensive. dual 680s actually blow the titan out of the water in terms of pure performance. It just depends one if the game is optimized well for SLI or not. That's why the titan is so great, since it is a single card solution it scales well with all games.

If you do see your VRAM topping out, just turn your AA down a notch. AA is a huge memory hog. You might not even notice the difference and it will definitely increase your frames!
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