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So I am still working on my new build and at first I was going to use 2 EVGA GTX 780s but I started to wonder if maybe another Brand like Asus or gigabyte would be a better choice in terms of price and performance, I understand its the same GPU and everything but i want peoples opinion on which would be a good choice.

I am also planning on watercooling the cards so if one brand is easier to find waterblocks for then that'll be a plus.
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Sounds like you should pick out the waterblock you like first, then match up the gpu to it. I wouldn't pay extra for fancy air cooling solutions if you are going to immediately remove it.

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Well, COSMIC,

If you want to watercool, be careful and pick a REFERENCE design card. You are in the US, and I would say that EVGA is the best option for you in the US.

They are superior in terms of customer service...I myself resides in Canada, and EVGA RMA's are international shipments to me...so I got MSI or ASUS (RMA centers in my country...faster, less paperwork, you know...)
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Originally Posted by Fan o' water View Post

Sounds like you should pick out the waterblock you like first, then match up the gpu to it. I wouldn't pay extra for fancy air cooling solutions if you are going to immediately remove it.

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Agreed, I already decided on using EK Blocks, I'm just not sure on going for EVGA, maybe Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, PNY, Palit (which i never heard of). so many choices.
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK monarchy EK g1.sniper 5 waterblock EK D5 pump EK D5 Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
15x Scythe Gentle typhoon 4250 EK coolstream xtx 480 EK coolstream xtx 360 EK supreme 
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Monolith
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EVGA Geforce 8800 (Physx / OLD) OCZ Gold Triple Channel Ram 6GB 1600MHZ WD Velociraptor 180GB  Seagate 2TB 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingOS
LiteOn DVD-RW Swiftech Apogee GTZ  Gigabyte Chipset Block Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Gaming keyboard ULTRA X3 1000 Watt  Zalman Fatal1ty Razer Naga Epic 
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Razer Destructor 2 Razer Carcharias Razer Orbweaver 
CPUGraphicsGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-3632QM 2.2GHz - 3.2GHz Nvidia GTX 660M 950MHz 2GB GDDR5 3000MHz Intel HD 4000 Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 512GB  Coolaboratory Liquid Ultra  Windows 8.1 pro 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-4770k gigabyte g1.sniper 5 EVGA GTX 980 EVGA GTX 980 
RAMHard DriveCoolingCooling
Corsair Vengeance samsung 840 pro EK coolstream xtx 480 Alphacool cape fuzion core 30 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK monarchy EK g1.sniper 5 waterblock EK D5 pump EK D5 Pump 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
15x Scythe Gentle typhoon 4250 EK coolstream xtx 480 EK coolstream xtx 360 EK supreme 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
EK gtx 980 EK gtx 980 windows 8.1 pro Asus mx279 
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