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To watercool or not to watercool?

post #1 of 17
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Hi guys, I am seriously indecisive on what to do. As of now, I can afford only one of the options below.

1) Get a 4K monitor. Would my rig be able to run 4K efficiently?
2) water cool my rig, overclock it and stare at all day, since it would look so good
3) get another graphic card in sli and run on my 1920x1280 monitor

Which option do you guys think is best?

Here's my spec:
Cpu: Intel i7-4790K
Gpu: Nvidia gtx 980 reference card
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97x gaming-gt
Psu: Corsair ax860


Thank you in advance wink.gif
post #2 of 17
1. If you are going 4k wait for the next gen cards or go SLI since no single card can handle 4k @ 60 fps!
2. Watercool it! It's a lot of fun and rewarding!
3. A 980 on a 1080p screen is overkill you don't need to SLI!


I have a 780 ti and I'm not upgrading until a single card solution can handle 60 fps on 4k. If you haven't read up on SLI, it's not as simple as having a single GPU solution to have all the games run perfectly! As for 4k, wait until 4k monitors are all running 60 fps and all the cards catch up! A buddy has a 4k TV and you can't (barely, just barely actually) tell the difference between a 1080p bluray and 4k (yet).
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 1/24/15 at 9:36pm
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post #3 of 17
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I guess I cant go 4K then, since I wont be able to afford an additional graphic card and a monitor ;(
I did lots of research about watercooling , planned out my loop and imagine how fun it would be haha. But it just costs a lot and I dont know how much performance will increase and would it be worth it.

This is my first pc EVER, so yea I'm a bit new to this.
post #4 of 17
I just recently went water but decided to do it the lazy and cheaper way and used 2 AIOs on my FT-03 (very limited space for a pump and reservoir). Plug and play and improved my GPU temps by 20 degrees so very much worth it! As for my temps I've maintained what my NH-D14 temps were giving me in my specific case, so very happy about that!

I will eventually go full water when I find a better case, until then I'm happy with my build! biggrin.gif

EDIT: The biggest thing for me with water cooling is how quiet my system is now compared to when I had it air cooled!
Edited by mark_thaddeus - 1/24/15 at 9:50pm
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post #5 of 17
Mark's advice is pretty solid. Watercooling to gain performance is not at all going to be worth it. You may get a bit more performance out of your hardware, but not enough to justify the money IMO. As he stated, it's a LOT of fun though, and looks really nice. I find piece of mind in the fact that keeping temps as low as possible will help mitigate electron migration and, hopefully, allow overclocked hardware to last longer.
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post #6 of 17
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Yea i know performance wise watercooling is not gonna be very worth it. One of the main reasons I want to watercool is just because it looks so AWESOME.

Thank you for your inputs guys
post #7 of 17
4k monitor all the way. That 980 can play may older titles at full 4k just fine. I imagine games like Portal 2 would look pretty good at 4k. Newer, more demanding games would still look plenty good at 1440 or 1080 on the 4k display.
post #8 of 17
I would say go water cooling cause if you upgrade later all you have to really worry about would be maintenance of the loop and changing out blocks when you upgrade!
 
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Originally Posted by Depauville Kid View Post

4k monitor all the way. That 980 can play may older titles at full 4k just fine. I imagine games like Portal 2 would look pretty good at 4k. Newer, more demanding games would still look plenty good at 1440 or 1080 on the 4k display.

4K is awesome, regardless that the content is not there. The games with textures that upscale look amazing. I bought the Acer 4K IPS and for some games I catch myself just staring into the monitor instead of playing biggrin.gif
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Depauville Kid View Post

4k monitor all the way. That 980 can play may older titles at full 4k just fine. I imagine games like Portal 2 would look pretty good at 4k. Newer, more demanding games would still look plenty good at 1440 or 1080 on the 4k display.

What's it like running 1440p or 1080p on a 4k monitor? Does it look much better than running it on a 1080p monitor?
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Originally Posted by ALT F4 View Post

4K is awesome, regardless that the content is not there. The games with textures that upscale look amazing. I bought the Acer 4K IPS and for some games I catch myself just staring into the monitor instead of playing biggrin.gif

I'm afraid my humble single gtx980 ref card wont be able to run 4k smoothly ;(
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