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Cheapest, yet effective, way to WC a GTX260 (only)

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I am dissatisfied with the stock heatsink on my new GTX260 and the only other real option for air cooling it (the Hr-03 GTX) has insufficent VRM cooling, and would also dump far too much heat into my case.

I'm looking for the most economical way to water cool the card (preferably just the GPU), and nothing but the card. I currently have nothing, so would need a radiator, pump, block, uni-sink, and all fittings.

Suggestions?
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GPU Block: D-Tek Fuzion GFX V2 $45
Radiator: Swiftech MCR120-QP $30
Pump: D-Tek DB-1 - $45
T-Line: Nylon T-Fitting with AA battery $2
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post #3 of 6
You can probably find some used Swiftech Apogee GT for less than $30. Temps will only be 1-4C higher.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
You can probably find some used Swiftech Apogee GT for less than $30. Temps will only be 1-4C higher.
for a video card?
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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into them.

Still kinda rough that the cooling will cost as much as the card, in the end.
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Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 Antec TP-750 Fractal Design R5 
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i7-6800K @ 4.3/3.5GHz core/uncore, 1.36/1.2v ASRock X99 OC Formula (P3.10) GTX 780 (temporary) 4x4GiB Crucial DDR4-2400 @ 11-13-12-28-T2, 1.33v 
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Plextor M6e 128GB (fw 1.05) M.2 (PCI-E 2.0 2x) 2x Crucial M4 256GB 4x WD Scorpio Black 500GB Cooler Master Nepton 280L 
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Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 BenQ BL3200PT Filco Majestouch Tenkeyless (MX Brown) Corsair RM1000x 
CaseMouseAudio
Fractal Design Define R4 Logitech G402 Realtek ALC1150 + M-Audio AV40 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X5670 @ 4.4/3.2GHz core/uncore, 1.36 vcore, 1.2... Gigabyte X58A-UD5 r2.0 w/FF3mod10 BIOS Reference R9 290X w/Stilt's MLU 1000e / 1375m E... 2x Samsung MV-3V4G3D/US @ 2000, 10-11-11-30-T1,... 
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Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 Antec TP-750 Fractal Design R5 
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post #6 of 6
the cooling can last for years to come. we usually keep a card for like 3 years max...
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LG Bluray Combo Drive Corsair H50 Windows 7 Professional x64 Dell UltraSharp U3415W 
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Ducky Shine 4 Blue/Red Corsair AX860 Corsair Obsidian 350D Razer Deathadder Chroma 
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