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I didn't mean to derail the thread and turn it into a water cooling discussion lol. I looked into the EK water cooling kits and I see one in the ~200ish range and then it goes up into the ~400s plus would need a water block for the GPU unless I buy one with one already. Is it better/more efficient to buy things individually rather than a kit that would have everything I need to go?

I do think it would be fun to do, I think it would be/feel rewarding to do my own and say I did it instead of just buying AIOs and I feel like it could look better aestetically if done correctly but I have no idea if I would actually be able to do it well and make it look good compared to some of the ones I have seen people do. I also don't know how I feel about having to do maintenance on it and draining it and refilling it every once in a while etc vs AIOs I can just plug and play and forget about. Ugh, I need to make up a decision as I start getting more and more of the parts I need but it's so difficult heh.

I think some of the kits are cheaper, while others seem more expensive. If you've already got some decent fans lying around it's going to be cheaper to build your own kit, especially if you go with lower cost fittings (lower cost not quality, Barrow makes some really nice fittings for about a third of the cost of other options, and barbs are cheaper than compression across all manufacturers).

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Thanks so much!
This is what I am worrying about. Spending near $1000 for a card for only 3-year, I am studying custom loop and ready to make the jump smile.gif

I just lost a corsair at the 3 year mark. My other unit is at 5 years and still ticking. They seem to fail at random.
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I just lost a corsair at the 3 year mark. My other unit is at 5 years and still ticking. They seem to fail at random.
What happened when yours failed? Did the pump just stop working or did it start leaking or something? I've got a Corsair cooling my CPU. It's just over 3.5 years old so feels a bit like a ticking time bomb.
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What happened when yours failed? Did the pump just stop working or did it start leaking or something? I've got a Corsair cooling my CPU. It's just over 3.5 years old so feels a bit like a ticking time bomb.

One day it just quit when the machine posted. I got into Windows before the thermal max got reached and the machine shut off. The second time I powered up the machine it sounded like a cement mixer. Bad pump.

I may or may not have had the rad outside the machine and below the CPU while messing with the machine. I think I fed it an air bubble lol. The weird thing was it only died after I shut off the machine.

I had a backup heatsink handy. I wouldn't run an AIO without one as I don't trust them. I'd hate to lose my rig and have to wait two days for a replacement.
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Hi. I buy a aorus 1080 ti wb. Come with F1 bios and the software of gigabyte tell that is the last bios version... somebody know if can update to F3 or F4 bios from the extreme?
Thanks

Hi, I am going to get the WB version for my new build. A quick question about the fitting for this card:
Does it come with standard G 1/4 port? Seems there are 4 ports, two with stop fitting per-installed. If so, can I change the side of the stop fitting to get intake in one side, out in the other?

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Hi, I am going to get the WB version for my new build. A quick question about the fitting for this card:
Does it come with standard G 1/4 port? Seems there are 4 ports, two with stop fitting per-installed. If so, can I change the side of the stop fitting to get intake in one side, out in the other?

Cheers!

Your data is correct. The ports are g1/4 and the stop fittings are removable and reversible. The cards also appear to do okay with reverse flow if you need to go that route.
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Your data is correct. The ports are g1/4 and the stop fittings are removable and reversible. The cards also appear to do okay with reverse flow if you need to go that route.

Thanks so much! Really happy to hear. I almost went the AIO route, but thought AIO may fail in few years and render the whole card useless. I am studying the custom loop, and watching videos. It seems very manageable. This card seems a perfect one for me. I am waiting for the R6E MB to pull the trigger - Merry Christmas smile.gif
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svx94, I also have the WB version and am EXTREMELY happy with it. I have had a number of Nvidia and AMD cards to whick I have added WB (usually EK) and this is the first time I have bought a full custom card with WB attached. The finish and fit are excellent as well as performance.
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Thanks so much! Really happy to hear. I almost went the AIO route, but thought AIO may fail in few years and render the whole card useless. I am studying the custom loop, and watching videos. It seems very manageable. This card seems a perfect one for me. I am waiting for the R6E MB to pull the trigger - Merry Christmas smile.gif

You made a good choice. This card has the best price/performance ratio of any 1080 TI out there when you factor in that it already comes with a waterblock installed and that the Gigabyte design is one of the better designs on the market. It definitely will last longer as well, I've had AIO units fail on me before in the past.

The custom loop is quite manageable. If you use soft tubing and buy a decent tubing cutter it will be even easier. Don't buy a cutter from a water cooling supply store as they usually cost way too much - just get one from a hardware store or even from Amazon. You don't need one but they are handy tools to have.
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You made a good choice. This card has the best price/performance ratio of any 1080 TI out there when you factor in that it already comes with a waterblock installed and that the Gigabyte design is one of the better designs on the market. It definitely will last longer as well, I've had AIO units fail on me before in the past.

The custom loop is quite manageable. If you use soft tubing and buy a decent tubing cutter it will be even easier. Don't buy a cutter from a water cooling supply store as they usually cost way too much - just get one from a hardware store or even from Amazon. You don't need one but they are handy tools to have.

Thanks SavantStrike! Little things like the cutter is something I can only learn from here.

One more thing I am still wondering is the fitting installation on fragile parts like CPU block and GPU WB. What is the trick to have things tight, but not overly done and break the sockets? I am planning to install the fitting first before the CPU block installation. However, it is difficult to tighten all tubing ahead of time.

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svx94, I also have the WB version and am EXTREMELY happy with it. I have had a number of Nvidia and AMD cards to whick I have added WB (usually EK) and this is the first time I have bought a full custom card with WB attached. The finish and fit are excellent as well as performance.

Thanks skline00! It seems you are using the TT Core X9 case. I am starting thinking of the X9 now, mainly because the X5 airflow on the upper chamber is not very satisfying. I can put an additional 200mm fan in the front (taking out the ODDs), and a quality 140mm fan in the rear. The airflow will be decent to cool the MB, memory, M.2, etc. Interested in your advice. I do prefer the X5's size, but the difference is not significant I guess. I wrote to TT with some suggestions, like be able to turn the front face upside down, and leaving the 200mm fan to the upper chamber. Or, even better, move the ODD inside the case (perfectly fine for VERY occasional use), and change the front face plate full fan friendly. I research some many cases now, only TT is "function first". Other cases may looks better/fancier, but none (so far) can beat TT Core X series in terms of airflow and configurbility.

Thanks All!
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Thanks SavantStrike! Little things like the cutter is something I can only learn from here.

One more thing I am still wondering is the fitting installation on fragile parts like CPU block and GPU WB. What is the trick to have things tight, but not overly done and break the sockets? I am planning to install the fitting first before the CPU block installation. However, it is difficult to tighten all tubing ahead of time.
Thanks skline00! It seems you are using the TT Core X9 case. I am starting thinking of the X9 now, mainly because the X5 airflow on the upper chamber is not very satisfying. I can put an additional 200mm fan in the front (taking out the ODDs), and a quality 140mm fan in the rear. The airflow will be decent to cool the MB, memory, M.2, etc. Interested in your advice. I do prefer the X5's size, but the difference is not significant I guess. I wrote to TT with some suggestions, like be able to turn the front face upside down, and leaving the 200mm fan to the upper chamber. Or, even better, move the ODD inside the case (perfectly fine for VERY occasional use), and change the front face plate full fan friendly. I research some many cases now, only TT is "function first". Other cases may looks better/fancier, but none (so far) can beat TT Core X series in terms of airflow and configurbility.

Thanks All!

Fitting first is right. Rule of thumb is 1/8 a turn into soft plastics. The o ring at the end of the thread does all the work, so there is no need to torque down on it any harder.
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