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Losing VRM and VRAM cooling, and the look of a block made specifically for you card to save ~$10 doesn't sound like a very prudent idea. Nor does going to one size fits none solution with a pump with about half the flow and head pressure of the Swiftech. Sorry these "I wanna water cool but I really don't" solutions really don't make any sense anymore. The GPX is a huge step up from those ghetto rig CLC adapters from Corsair and NZXT, but the pricing is way too close to a full cover custom block to make it a worthwhile choice.

I most def will be getting a EK full waterblock for the card,  just haven't decided on the cooling yet.  Maybe by the time the 1080 TI comes out one of the options you guys gave will be on sale or cheaper.  

 

I just love how those EK see through blocks look.  And my GPU will be facing vertical so you can see the bottom of the gpu and the water flow which looks alot better then just seeing the backplate.

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Once you have your full-cover block, all you need is a pump, fittings, tubing, and a radiator. Radiator and pump are the bulk of the cost (after the block). A single 240-280 radiator that will be more than sufficient for one high-end GPU shouldn't be more than 60-70 dollars. The pump doesn't need to be spectacular--full cover GPU blocks aren't that restrictive--just reliable and quiet. Tubing is dirt cheap, coolant is essentially free, and basic fittings don't cost much either. You don't even need a res; a simple t-line, to fill/bleed/drain things, is fine.

Sure, you can spend 500 dollars cooling your card, but a ~300 dollar (including full cover block) GPU only loop will be very close in performance, even if it looks less flashy.
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Once you have your full-cover block, all you need is a pump, fittings, tubing, and a radiator. Radiator and pump are the bulk of the cost (after the block). A single 240-280 radiator that will be more than sufficient for one high-end GPU shouldn't be more than 60-70 dollars. The pump doesn't need to be spectacular--full cover GPU blocks aren't that restrictive--just reliable and quiet. Tubing is dirt cheap, coolant is essentially free, and basic fittings don't cost much either. You don't even need a res; a simple t-line, to fill/bleed/drain things, is fine.

Sure, you can spend 500 dollars cooling your card, but a ~300 dollar (including full cover block) GPU only loop will be very close in performance, even if it looks less flashy.

Ya i was thinking the same thing.  Guess it all depends really on how much a 1080 TI really is,  if it is around 800 vs 1000 then ill have extra cash to blow on cooling.  I could care less about looks as my Pc is just put together on a fold out table with no case lol.   So just a basic set up might do it for me.  I really do like that predator 360 though, could buy that + a 1080 ti block with the prefilled option with QDC, and then for 350-400 bucks i have full loop for cpu + gpu.  

 

But others have also shown nice options that would also be cheaper than a buying all the parts separate which cost 500+ 650+if cpu block is included. 

 

Thanks for your input.   And thanks for everyone else also. 

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Losing VRM and VRAM cooling, and the look of a block made specifically for you card to save ~$10 doesn't sound like a very prudent idea. Nor does going to one size fits none solution with a pump with about half the flow and head pressure of the Swiftech. Sorry these "I wanna water cool but I really don't" solutions really don't make any sense anymore. The GPX is a huge step up from those ghetto rig CLC adapters from Corsair and NZXT, but the pricing is way too close to a full cover custom block to make it a worthwhile choice.

In a thread titled best or cheapest option to water cool a gpu the Eiswolf is definitely worth a mention, pretty sure the price will be well below that of a gpu block+swiftechMCR140-X plus it's a lot smaller. Might not be for everyone but should be a good option for a lot of people.

"Losing VRM and VRAM cooling" - Nope. Yes, it may mean losing some VRM and VRAM cooling compared to a full cover block but the real impact of that is fairly marginal as the temps are still below what they would be on air.
"to save ~$10 doesn't sound like a very prudent idea" - Assume this is aimed at the GPX blocks rather than the Eiswolf as I think that saving will be much more (though unknown until it's upcoming release). Still for the GPX vs fullcover if you add on a backplate it's more than $10. Moreover the GPX blocks are upgradeable. Given the choice I value that more than the look or marginally better cooling. Others won't, fine. Options are good!
"about half the flow and head pressure" - Yes but what is the actual result of that, maybe lose a few degrees at most. But then the pump takes up much less space than the Swiftech which just wouldn't fit in a lot of cases. Both are valid options offering different advantages.
"Sorry these "I wanna water cool but I really don't" solutions really don't make any sense anymore" - Honestly don't see the distinction between the Eiswolf and the Swiftech, one has pump built into the rad and one into the block. I think there will be more of these compact expandable all-in-one solutions as people step up from closed loop coolers. Not everyone is looking for every last degree of cooling. Again, options.
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Ill repeat if 10 bucks is enough money for you to even consider the crap solution over fullcover, then water is not something you wanna get into.
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Ill repeat if 10 bucks is enough money for you to even consider the crap solution over fullcover, then water is not something you wanna get into.

Agreed. that is why I say these attempts at half hearted water cooling are a waste of time.
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