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I currently have HIS 7970 reference and was wondering if I should upgrade or grab a waterblock. Currently it runs about 80-90 degree when I play game on high setting and the noise is really really bad. I only play moderate game so no need for hardcore components. Should I spend about $150 and get a full cover waterblock or upgrade to something else like 290?(nvidia is expensive imo)

p.s I do not have a watercooling setup but planning to do it in the future so if i get a waterblock I would need to get a full setup. Budget is around $300-400.

I also unable to sell the 7970 since I kinda broke the stock heatsink.

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Have you thought about something such as the Arctic Accelero Xtreme 7970 VGA Heatpipe Cooler?

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/15092/vid-180/Arctic_Accelero_Xtreme_7970_VGA_Heatpipe_Cooler_ACCEL-TT-7970.html?tl=g40c21s65

I would recommend that unless you have the $$ to go all in for a full w/c setup (which to do the right way is likely going to cost a bit more than your budget). It would certainly drop your temps quite a bit as well as being very quiet. Just my 2 cents of course thumb.gif
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I currently have HIS 7970 reference and was wondering if I should upgrade or grab a waterblock. Currently it runs about 80-90 degree when I play game on high setting and the noise is really really bad. I only play moderate game so no need for hardcore components. Should I spend about $150 and get a full cover waterblock or upgrade to something else like 290?(nvidia is expensive imo)

p.s I do not have a watercooling setup but planning to do it in the future so if i get a waterblock I would need to get a full setup. Budget is around $300-400.

I also unable to sell the 7970 since I kinda broke the stock heatsink.

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The heatsink is made of solid metal, did you mean you broke something on the cooler? If you actually broke the heatsink it is no wonder you have high temps. Also, simply clean the cooler with compressed air [from both ends] occasionally. The only time you may need to remove the plastic cooler shroud is every 18 to 24 months so you can fully clean the cooler with canned [compressed] air, get it at Wal-Mart, a computer or office store, or online such as Newegg.com

You should to be able to get a good air cooler for it. If you have a good case with good air cooling an after market air cooler should work fine.

I have an AMD R9 290 and only saw 93 degrees C as a maximum spike temperature was once while running benchmark suites [room temp was ~ 21 degrees C], and the GPU and CPU were overclocked, both on air. Normal gaming yields much lower temperatures.
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