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Been saving for when they release a 1080 TI, and i am wanting to get new water cooling hardware for it when i do.

 

I tried to put together the parts i needed on EK website but it came out to over 500 dollars just to cool the GPU.

 

If i got a all in one kit from EK is only like 350 dollars then i could buy a GPU block for like 120 bucks more and with that i would have cpu and gpu cooling for cheaper?

 

 

Im just wanting to cool the GPU with an EK block and cheap but decent pump, res, rad, tubing.  

 

Does anyone have any suggestions of which parts i should buy that are decent and fairly not to expensive???

 

 

I was thinking maybe they might do a hybrid 1080 ti but those are just ugly. 

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Im an avid watercooler, and Ive gone all 3 routes. hybrid aio, full block, and universal.

after all that, Ive found the universal route to be the middle as far as cost, but the best as far as temps.

here are a couple pics of my gamingX 1070's. On this build I modded the VRM heatsink to accept a Koolance VRM waterblock. I also used their new universal GPU block. I kid you not, with SLI Ive not seen temps over 40c.

(took fins off w/table saw)

(countersink holes to attach block)




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Im an avid watercooler, and Ive gone all 3 routes. hybrid aio, full block, and universal.

after all that, Ive found the universal route to be the middle as far as cost, but the best as far as temps.

here are a couple pics of my gamingX 1070's. On this build I modded the VRM heatsink to accept a Koolance VRM waterblock. I also used their new universal GPU block. I kid you not, with SLI Ive not seen temps over 40c.

(took fins off w/table saw)

(countersink holes to attach block)




VOILA!!!
 

 

That is pretty nice looking, but the one thing i know im getting is a full cover EK block for the card.

 

What i dont know is which rad, pump, res i should get thats on the cheap side but nice enough it will last.

 

 

I found this just now and what do you think of this.

 

https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-xlc-predator-360-incl-qdc

 

Then when i buy the EK waterblock i do the 30 dollar addon to prefill it and they had QDC,  then i can just connect the female and male QDC ends of the gpu to the predators QDC's???

 

So ill get cpu + gpu cooling for like 350 bucks.  But will a 360 rad be enough for a 1080TI + a 4790k?

 

Or would buying a real watering cooling setup with a d5 pump+res combo with like a 480 rad be better?  But that would cost to much.

 

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Edited by Dragonsyph - 9/24/16 at 7:47pm
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30 for the fill up is a bit steep in my eyes.

I just would use distilled water with a silver coil. other than that, if you find the cooling lack luster, you can always add in another rad ex post facto thumb.gif

PS...

dont forget your sli link kit. figure out how many slots apart they'll be and order the corresponding part. (i prefer serial to parallel)
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post #5 of 26
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30 for the fill up is a bit steep in my eyes.

I just would use distilled water with a silver coil. other than that, if you find the cooling lack luster, you can always add in another rad ex post facto thumb.gif

PS...

dont forget your sli link kit. figure out how many slots apart they'll be and order the corresponding part. (i prefer serial to parallel)

Well, the $30 comes with hose, fittings, filled with water, and two medical grade QDC which make up most of the cost.

 

 

Man, with water cooling there are so many options and parts it can get me confused haha.

 

I would just use my current water cooling parts but i have no idea where the air coolers are for my 290's so when I give them to one of my family members they would need the water cooling setup, anyways its old and I want new 8).

 

 

 

The predator 360 comes with a QDC, so when i buy a ek water block for the 1080 TI when it comes out and pay the 30 it will also come with a QDC,  so i can just hook them right into the system and im done.  So ill be cooling the GPU+CPU all for around 350 dollars vs 600 dollars if i would buy all the parts.   At this point i could care less about looks.  

 

None the less thank you for your response and input.  

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If you are looking to do GPU only to start, you can use a Swiftech MCR140-X with your GPU block. Inexpensive and effective for your startup, and the CPU and another rad can be added if you desire.
http://www.swiftech.com/MCR140-X.aspx
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If you are looking to do GPU only to start, you can use a Swiftech MCR140-X with your GPU block. Inexpensive and effective for your startup, and the CPU and another rad can be added if you desire.
http://www.swiftech.com/MCR140-X.aspx

Ill check that cooler out thanks. 

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Pretty sure Swiftech MCR140-X uses their MCP30 pump, same pump as in their H220 & 240 X and H220, 240 & 320 X2 & Prestige AIOs. It flows about 0.9GPM at full speed. EK Predator AIOs pump flows about 0.6GPM at full speed. This means the Swiftech pump and easily handle GPU and CPU blocks as well as more radiator with no problems.
http://thermalbench.com/2016/09/26/swiftech-h320-x2-prestige-cpu-cooler/5/
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Pretty sure Swiftech MCR140-X uses their MCP30 pump, same pump as in their H220 & 240 X and H220, 240 & 320 X2 & Prestige AIOs. It flows about 0.9GPM at full speed. EK Predator AIOs pump flows about 0.6GPM at full speed. This means the Swiftech pump and easily handle GPU and CPU blocks as well as more radiator with no problems.
http://thermalbench.com/2016/09/26/swiftech-h320-x2-prestige-cpu-cooler/5/

Yes, same pump. Quite a bit more head pressure than the Predator, also.....and much, much easier to fill and bleed. If the Predator had any other brand name on it (or if people weren't blindly EK crazy) it would be rarely considered by anyone over the Swiftech.
Edited by ciarlatano - 9/28/16 at 9:23am
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Yes, same pump. Quite a bit more head pressure than the Predator, also.....and much, much easier to fill and bleed. If the Predator had any other brand name on it (or if people weren't blindly EK crazy) it would be rarely considered by anyone.
I think availability is also a big part of Predator sales.
So places on our big blue marble Swiftech is not available .. while EK is.
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