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Okay, so I've gotta great system, totally fine, air-cooled. I'm taking the next step and moving on to water-cooling. I've got a new case, same model as my older Lian-Li, except it has a built in rad up top.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16...o_Nozzles.html
All mine, stripped down now, I'm going to paint the silver inside a flat black.

The last component I require is a pair of GPU water blocks. I'm currently running a pair of 8800GTS 512mn (G92 Core) cards. Ive been looking around, but I can't quite settle on anything, I'd love for a full GFX card block, not just GPU with sinks, any suggestions?
post #2 of 31
You have the same case as I do, except I'm running in a 1026BK, which is a larger version of the 1025.

That said, I'm running the Koolance GPU coolers on both my 8800GTX cards, here is the GTS version from Koolance.

http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...product_id=598

Expensive, and mounting the thermal tape for the block contacts on the chips can be tricky, but you can't go wrong with it, especially when you buy the aluminum tube to join your two GPU blocks together.
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Koolance .... arrrrgh.

Good luck finding good blocks. They use aluminum radiators so it is not recommended you use copper blocks.

Your best bet would be the nickel plated EK blocks: http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=22872
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http://www.koolance.com/technical/my...radiators.html

Aluminum is superior, in my opinion, if done properly, which Koolance does. That's a good article on the subject.

I run my system on ALL Koolance products and couldn't be more pleased.

Additionally, I think he's only inquiring about GPU blocks, which are made with Gold plated Copper.
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I like the Koolance one there, and the tube to join em doesn't list the 279 as compatible is my only thought..
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It works...It will work so long as you're using two identical Video cards, but I don't know why you would. They're available in three spacings too, dependent on your PCIe configuration. The GTS version isn't too dissimilar to the GTX version, except where it places it's contacts for the chips on the board. I actually called tech support to double check myself last week when I was ordering them, they confirmed the tubes will work. Taken from Koolance's page:

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Direct connection nozzle for supported Koolance VID coolers (VID-280/282/290, etc.) in series.
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Ok, your system is doing well with air cooling. I'm trying to figure how much more performance you expect to get out of this system with a watercooling setup. Is the price per dollar worth it ?
Instead of investing into watercooling, the cost will buy a brand new Wolfdale that will run faster at stock speeds than a wc setup, and you'd be more futureproof, and would save on electricity bills.
Sorry, I know many out there pride themselves with the rigs they have (as I do), but if going watercooling route, build a custom setup. You'll get more self satisfaction.
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It works...It will work so long as you're using two identical Video cards, but I don't know why you would. They're available in three spacings too, dependent on your PCIe configuration. The GTS version isn't too dissimilar to the GTX version, except where it places it's contacts for the chips on the board. I actually called tech support to double check myself last week when I was ordering them, they confirmed the tubes will work. Taken from Koolance's page:
I think you just helped me make up my mind my friend, hehe.. I was never for the whole gold/silver.. But doubt that'll hurt my work much. Going as black as possible, ALL UV lights (sept maybe one blue display or two), now all I need to do is finish the case and make up my mind on a reservoir.. Unless you have any suggestions there?
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Ok, your system is doing well with air cooling. I'm trying to figure how much more performance you expect to get out of this system with a watercooling setup. Is the price per dollar worth it ?
Instead of investing into watercooling, the cost will buy a brand new Wolfdale that will run faster at stock speeds than a wc setup, and you'd be more futureproof, and would save on electricity bills.
Sorry, I know many out there pride themselves with the rigs they have (as I do), but if going watercooling route, build a custom setup. You'll get more self satisfaction.
Okay, well to save you the hassle of pros and cons, I'm not exactly doing this to get extra performance increases (though no doubt some OC fun). Its a project and a hobby, this is my first water-cooling-build an its something I wanted to try, though thanks for the input!
post #10 of 31
Give this one a shot:

http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...product_id=296

It's a Koolance Res/Pump designed for DIY systems like yours.

If you just need a Reservoir...

I've seen a number of people use EK Waterblock reservoirs.

http://ekwaterblocks.com/shop/index....2a&language=en

That's the link to their reservoir page on their site, choose the one that best suits you. Prices range from 29ish to around 60 dollars. ((Attempt to find an American Distributor of these reservoirs, as they seem to be based in Europe)).
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