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Generally hate to cross post but after 2 days, no responses in nVidia section smile.gif

Saw the GTX 770 Poseidon and Maximus VI Formula back in June at Comdex an decided that they were just too damn gorgeous not to make a summer build outta them. Then I saw the Enthoo case and decided on that for my summer build. Well the dang M6F didn't come out till the end of August .... the Enthoo ships Friday and still no damn sign of the Poseidon. And I'm getting too impatient .

Given the above choice, the Asus DCII OC w/ waterblock would seem to be the "automatic alternative". I was disappointed regarding the fact that of all the factory OC'd GTX 770s from the major vendors, the Asus has the slowest OC outta the box by a significant margin. EVGA is off the table and not under consideration.. One, their SC series uses stock PCB and VRM and two have had repeated experiences with EVGA cards not being able to run at the factory OC and tech support blaming everything under the sun (memory, MoBo, PSU) instead of their cards. zLast effort involved 18 months, 20 support calls and 5 RMAs. Those same components ran two Asus cards just fine at 25% above stock.....they finally replaced teh dual GPU card with a 2 generations newer single stock clocked card that worked with comparable performance.

So with my recent experiences limited to Asus and MSI asking what GFX card / block combos have peeps had good success with ? Still leaning to the 770s but also wondering whether to wait for the new AMD top-of -the-line card to break and push down prices and meybe move up to the 780s....or that 770 Ti we been hearing about.

I'm looking to fit here:



My original Res choice was the glass Aqualis but it's 75mm width would also take 7.5mm off that 257mm dimension. The only other non acrylic reservoir Im aware of is the Photon ad that's 70mm.

Asus GTX Titan Fits (10.5)
Asus GTX 770 DCII details on newegg say 11.3 and the pics show significant overhang for cooler .... Im guessing same PCB as below tho.
Asus GTX 770 DCII details on newegg say 10.7 and the pics show no overhang for cooler (need 4mm).

Both MSI Lightnings look like a no go (> 11")

N770 has no full cover at EK

1. Can someone tell me the length of the Asus 780 with shroud cooler removed ?

2. Can anyone relate their experience with the various full cover WBs for these cards ? (only looked at EK so far) ?

3. Any suggestions for alternate cards .... of course with WBs available (other than EVGA).

4. Advantages, if ant, of adding WB manufacturer's backplate over original ?

5. Anyone know of any other non acrylic reservoirs < 70mm diameter ?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel w/ EK Supremacy Cooling Block - Clean P... Asus Maximus VI Formula 2 x Asus GTX 780 DCII w/ EK Full Cover Blocks a... Mushkin Red Line Ridgeback 2 x 8GB DDR302400 10... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2 x SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB (2 x Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cach... Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blue Ray Writer 1 x Alphacool NexXxoS XT45-420 + 1 x Alphacool ... 
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1 x Swiftech 35x2 w/ Heatsink and NB Fan EK -MultiOption RES X3 250 White Acetal Reservoir 5 x PH-F140SP_BK_BLED + 5 x PH-F140SP_BK E22 Rigid 10/12 Acrylic Tubing and Bitspower Ma... 
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2 x Reeven Six Eyes Fan Controller Windows 7 64 Bit Professional OEM ASUS VG248QE Black 23" 144 Hz Monitor Logitech G19s 920-004985 
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911 Carrera
(20 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel w/ EK Supremacy Cooling Block - Clean P... Asus Maximus VI Formula 2 x Asus GTX 780 DCII w/ EK Full Cover Blocks a... Mushkin Red Line Ridgeback 2 x 8GB DDR302400 10... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
2 x SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB (2 x Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cach... Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blue Ray Writer 1 x Alphacool NexXxoS XT45-420 + 1 x Alphacool ... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
1 x Swiftech 35x2 w/ Heatsink and NB Fan EK -MultiOption RES X3 250 White Acetal Reservoir 5 x PH-F140SP_BK_BLED + 5 x PH-F140SP_BK E22 Rigid 10/12 Acrylic Tubing and Bitspower Ma... 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
2 x Reeven Six Eyes Fan Controller Windows 7 64 Bit Professional OEM ASUS VG248QE Black 23" 144 Hz Monitor Logitech G19s 920-004985 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Seasonic X-1250 Phanteks Enthoo Primo Ultimate Chassis Asus RoG GX950 Laser Mouse  Logitech Z5500 
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