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Woot do you guys think I should step up to the GTX 280 and purchase the 179.99 waterblock that comes with it too? Or should I just leave the GTX 280 as a stock cooler?

Also to anybody that has stepped up how long does the process take once you send them the invoice of your original purchase. Like how long it takes for eVGA to get back to me???
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Leave it stock, the extra $180 for the block really isn't worth it (unless you have a WC setup already, but that's your choice).

Also get the cheapest one, they charge you $50 for an overclock you can beat in 5 minutes by yourself.
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Just step up to the cheapest one, as low strife said. Also, I'd wait to get the block and see what EK, DD, and others come out with. It should probably be under 150, too. If you wait you can see if the noise is an issue (or the temps for that matter). One thing to consider if you get the block is the extra heat dump into your loop. Not a problem if it's a GPU-only loop, but if its with the CPu that'll be bad. This block is a full-cover, while your old one wasn't, and this card is a beast! lol so just remember that when you decide.
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Damn, you are spending a pretty penny on a card which is only 40% better than your 9800GTX.

I would have to pay £600 to step up both of my cards.
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Leave it stock, the extra $180 for the block really isn't worth it (unless you have a WC setup already, but that's your choice).

Also get the cheapest one, they charge you $50 for an overclock you can beat in 5 minutes by yourself.
Yeah well with the step up program i cannot get the overclocked ones i can only get the cheapest one ne ways
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Just step up to the cheapest one, as low strife said. Also, I'd wait to get the block and see what EK, DD, and others come out with. It should probably be under 150, too. If you wait you can see if the noise is an issue (or the temps for that matter). One thing to consider if you get the block is the extra heat dump into your loop. Not a problem if it's a GPU-only loop, but if its with the CPu that'll be bad. This block is a full-cover, while your old one wasn't, and this card is a beast! lol so just remember that when you decide.
thanks for the good response +1 for you and other responses!

Also it is only going to be $300 to get the new GTX 280 i think that is a good deal. So yeah ill prob run it in stock cooling for a while until EK or D-tek makes something. I'm just going to run a loop to just my CPU for better overclocks ne ways. i got lots of fans to keep the video card cool www.bloodotp.com/duck = my computer water system.

Edit: Also I already have a D-Tek block that only covered the GPU for my 9800GTX so maybe that will work on my video card then i can put some enzotech vga heatsinks on my ram / mostfets on the card. I'll prob run stock for a while either way to check temps.
Edited by Duckkie - 6/16/08 at 3:01pm
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