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post #21 of 29
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Hmm. I could paint that white to go with my build a little better too.

I'd prefer a Waterblock that has a useful, cooling Backplate, but not sure if there is a combo out there for this card yet, haven't researched all of the water blocks for 970 yet.

Is that Backplate offer just a Newegg special you think?

Amazon has one of these gtx 970 cards for $319, but not sure what the difference is? It's not the $350 Whisper quite model I linked to on amazon, but since I'm watercooling the fans spec has no benefit to me.

As long as it's an evga gtx 970 4gb card, I'm good to go right? The whole Whisper quite, at 2.0 really has no bearing on my requirements, so might as well get the best deal on the card that I can?

Here is the one for $319 on amazon, any idea what the difference is between this one & the $350 one I linked to from Newegg?

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Quieter-Graphics-04G-P4-2972-KR/dp/B00NVODXME%3Fpsc%3D1%26SubscriptionId%3DAKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q%26tag%3Dduckduckgo-d-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB00NVODXME
Edited by TheGreyWizard - 11/10/15 at 9:17am
post #22 of 29
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Nevermind, that $319 card at Amazon has completely different cable ports. The $350 card at Newegg is the one I need. Has 1xhdmi 2.0 & 3xDP 1.2
post #23 of 29
I know you want to water cool the card, but in this case it makes very little sense. I would go with a gtx950 from MSI Gaming, Asus Strix, or an EVGA model with the acx cooler. These cooler's fans don't turn on till the card gets to around 60c. Which i doubt they ever will considering your not gaming or stressing them out all. Spending $400+ on something that will sit idle 99% of the time just seems like a huge waste and could be money better spent elsewhere. Otherwise i would just get the cheapest 960 that has a full waterblock available and call it a day.

If you could settle with 3 displays then i would reccommend saving even more and going with these. The waterblock is even on sale!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487026

https://shop.ekwb.com/ek-fc750-gtx-acetal
Edited by Jenova69 - 11/10/15 at 9:50am
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post #24 of 29
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I'm watercooling my system, so why not do the GPU? Plus I have had 3 cards in the past burn out from over heating with just fans and then there's the issue of fans getting dirty and cleaned over time. Since I am able to run 4 monitors with 1 card these days, it allows me to upgrade my system just a bit more instead of having to buy 2 cards like I did in the past. Plus more UV reactive tubing to make my system look even better wink.gif

Plus the 960/970 series is the only ones that can do 1xhdmi 2.0 & 3xDP 1.2 for a full 4 monitor setup.
post #25 of 29
1. Why buy a $350 when a $150 card will do exactly what you need it to. If your not gaming or running a program that uses CUDA then you wouldn't even notice a difference.

2. Why watercool a card that runs cool enough to keep the fans from spinning at idle. Killing 3 cards on aircooling is not a typical experience. Maybe an airflow issue?

3. Is it that hard to blow out your pc with a can of air every so often? Dust filters are great if dust is a problem where you live. I have 3 cats and only have to clean the inside of my case every other month. I just clean the intake filter once a week.

4. Of course more watercooling is always better biggrin.gif so maybe just ignore me and go for broke biggrin.gif.
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post #26 of 29
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I want to watercool it for sure. I'm putting together a piece of art with this new build. Want everything to be as visually stunning as I can.

Is the 980 series the only one within my price range that wouldhave a full wWaterblock available? (I know the 960 series has Waterblock, but they're not full covering ones and don't look as good as the full blocks.
post #27 of 29
You can get full cover blocks for a bunch of different models of the 970. They also make a 970 that uses a 980 pcb, so a 980 waterblock will fit on that one. They are a little harder to get ahold of then other models though.
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post #28 of 29
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I've been reading about 4k and it supposedly doesn't make sense except for really huge tvs or super close. And I'm sure 4k monitors are extremely expensive.

I think I might scrap the whole 4k concept and even the multiple display port 1.2 ports as I've been reading you can daisy chain monitors together with display 1.2.

This would be ideal for cable management and clutter and should suffice for all my needs since I won't be gaming.

Are display port 1.2 monitors readily available and affordable yet? If they are I may just go with a sub $200 Nvidia or AMD video Card that has a full water block available.
post #29 of 29
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Ok so it came down to the following apecs:

Display port 1.2 w/multiple monitor support

Might as well do HDMI 2.0

It comes down to this 960 with 2gb & 128bit for $189

EVGA GeForce GTX 960 02G-P4-2962-KR 2GB SC GAMING, Only 6.8 inches, Perfect for mITX Build Graphics Card , http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-487-093

Or the $350 EVGA 970 that I linked to earlier which is 4gb & 256bit

Not sure which way I want to go right now. Spend double and get double the specs and future proof myself or save $200 and go with this 960 and try to find a block I'm happy with.

Is an extra 2gb of vram, 128bit more and an extra 600 stream processors worth over double the pricefor what I want to do?

I think because of the small size of this 960 card a regular block will almost look like a full block on this one and save a couple hundred in the process.

Also the draw power on the 960 is 128 vs 201 on the 970.
Edited by TheGreyWizard - 11/10/15 at 2:31pm
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