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Ek waterblocks for GTX 1080. Is there a AIO water cooler you can adapt into this or is something like ek xlc 360 predator really the cheapest way to go?

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Browsing online retail sites i found MSI made a GTX 1080 card with EK that is all ready for a custom loop that in my eyes is important because it also cools the card's vram- https://www.overclockers.co.uk/msi-geforce-gtx-1080-sea-hawk-ek-x-8192mb-gddr5x-watercooled-pci-express-graphics-card-gx-32f-ms.html. I have been debating selling my 980 ti hybrid since i first heard of the pascal release and was trying to wait for the 1080 TI or what ever comes next.

I already got the corsair AIO H100 pump on my CPU (6700K) and to be honest, I love it. I never have an issue with my CPU. I clock it at 4.5Ghz thinking about longevity but the cooler will allow it to run at 4.79 GHz stable if i want to push it up some more. OK, rambling, bottom line i want the same thing for a 1080 GPU.

I found the ek xlc predator kits https://www.ekwb.com/news/ek-predator-is-setting-a-new-standard-for-aio-liquid-cooling/ Still, a bit much and especially if your like me and already have a cpu cooler! This seems like the easiest set up though with the hose easily disconnected to add a second line to another attachment (GPU).

If you didnt mind wasting a ton of money when there might be other options this is a possibe solution. You got to pay for the water block (https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-fc1080-gtx) if you don't get the MSI Sea hawk EK 1080-https://www.overclockers.co.uk/msi-geforce-gtx-1080-sea-hawk-ek-x-8192mb-gddr5x-watercooled-pci-express-graphics-card-gx-32f-ms.html. Still, this is absolutely an insane price point when you think i picked up the h100 for the cpu for a little over 100$ and the other forms of AIO's? Inside my pc it looks plain and i already spent already over 3k give or take i would like to minimize spending if at all possible. If the xlc 360 predator is the only safe option where i dont got to worry about what ever i converted for a AIO leaking and destroying my machine than i guess its the route i would have to go, but was hoping by coming here i could find a cheaper non leaking solution for this.


EK water block for gtx 1080~averaging at 130 US$
EK XLC predator 360-240$
^that is an additional 370$ if you go that route to cool the vram then waiting for the standard hybrids which dont cool the v-ram at that price point sounds more viable. I guess we would have to wait for some benchmarks to see if the ek water block even adds any performance at all. Still i cant help myself and this is my new PC mission.

Edited by Lucifers Nephew - 6/18/16 at 12:01pm
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I bought this edition card and im also looking for information as to what I should buy, the EK website has a lot of kits but I dont need some of the items in there and therefore im looking for piece by piece what I should buy, and more importantly the quality of the components, I don't want some amazon basic type water cooling, I would like to find some decent gear to watercool my card and right now im working with very minimal space as I also have the corsair h100 in my case already for my cpu. I'm thinking I might have to buy a new case for my water cooler. In the long run, should I ditch my h100 and go for a dual loop for the CPU/GPU with a big ass radiator for both? Thanks for the input.

Case: http://www.coolermaster.com/case/lan-box-haf-series/haf-xb-evo/
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