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Cooling options for my Reference 980 Ti in mITX case

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I plan to put load on this graphics card daily for probably the next 2 years by playing games and don't want it dying/degrading within this period due to high temperatures. Recently I've switched my case fans to put all the intakes blowing onto the back of the PCB but even with these optimizations it still hits 84C and throttles back down. My games still run fine and other components run fine but I'm worried about it affecting the graphics card in the long run. Of course in this form factor overclocking is not a thing anymore and rather more of trying to find a comfortable clock speed which the GPU doesn't heat up too much.

So with this I looked at liquid cooling my GPU. Of course with this comes additional issues; Which option do I choose?(EVGA Hybrid, NZXT Kraken G10, Corsair HG10 N980), Where do I mount the radiators?/How do I position the fans for optimal airflow?
To note I also have a Corsair H80i GT Cooling my 6600k which comes with a 120mm radiator inside my Corsair Obsidian 250D Case. Which means that I only have 2x 120mm slots at the side and a 120/140mm slot in the front. Which means whichever cooling option I go I'd probably mount the 2 radiators on the sides as intake and use an air flow 140mm intake at the front to blow all the warm air off my mobo and exhausted through the 2x 80mm fans at the back.

Looking at my choices I'm pretty tempted to go with the EVGA Hybrid as it looks the most solid and probably with the least issues. The Kraken has problems cooling the VRMs and from my country(Singapore) it's very hard to order small components(VRM Heatsinks) so I'd like the more plug-and-play option. The Corsair HG10 looks to be better than the G10 but doesn't have airflow over the VRMs as far as I have seen and it hasn't been out long enough for reviews.

Or would I just have better luck trying to sell my 980 Ti used and buy a 3rd party board like MSI's?

Budget is not my issue as what I look for is the most reliable way of cooling my GPU. I'll most probably end up getting the EVGA Hybrid cooler as it looks like the one that has the least issues and most reliable one. What do you guys think?
Edited by Pectoral - 11/5/15 at 9:16am
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Hi Pectoral! In reviewing other new posts on the forums, I found this one from @TERRY608090. It has pics to show you how the hybrid will fit.

Corsair mini itx 250d evga 980ti hybrid build
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Intel i7 3770K ASUS Sabertooth Z77 EVGA Geforce GTX 980 Ti Classified Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133ghz 8gb 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133ghz 8gb Samsung EVO  Seagate Fully custom water cooled 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Professional LG 34UC97 Poker 2 EVGA G2 1300 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Corsair Obsidian 550D Razer Ouroboros Elite Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Razer Scarab Turtle Beach XP400 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Monster Inspiration Noise Canceling  Denon AVR-1613 Home Theater Receiver Razer Orbweaver Stealth Edition Aquacomputer Aquaero 6 XT 
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