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Yeah, The cash is there but I honestly wouldn't know were to start looking for parts or a kit.
Your biggest problem with watercooling is your 460s. Two things:
1 - You got SLI 460s right off the bat (Can't upgrade without selling)

2 - You got the 768mb versions.

I call them problems because the 460s are maxing out games now but not for long. Also since you bought two, watercooling them is going to be big $$$. Each watercooling block cost around $100. IMO you should try to sell the 460s and get a single 480. That will save you money on watercooling since you'll only need one water block.

[edit]
If you give me a budget and what you'd be cooling (whether or not you want to get rid of the 460s) I can give you some links to some nice parts. Also avoid kits, you're better off picking out parts. It's actually really a no brainer once you have everything in hand.
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Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02 View Post
Your biggest problem with watercooling is your 460s. Two things:
1 - You got SLI 460s right off the bat (Can't upgrade without selling)

2 - You got the 768mb versions.

I call them problems because the 460s are maxing out games now but not for long. Also since you bought two, watercooling them is going to be big $$$. Each watercooling block cost around $100. IMO you should try to sell the 460s and get a single 480. That will save you money on watercooling since you'll only need one water block.

[edit]
If you give me a budget and what you'd be cooling (whether or not you want to get rid of the 460s) I can give you some links to some nice parts. Also avoid kits, you're better off picking out parts. It's actually really a no brainer once you have everything in hand.
I could see myself spending $300.00 for a decent water cool setup. Is that practical. And I am not against selling the 460's I'm already kind of regretting pulling the trigger on them.
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Don't get me wrong so far I absolutely love the cards and they have been amazing but the fact that I can now get the 1GB 465 for 180 bucks is annoying.
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I could see myself spending $300.00 for a decent water cool setup. Is that practical. And I am not against selling the 460's I'm already kind of regretting pulling the trigger on them.
Sorry to say but I would regret it as well. It depends on what you're trying to cool.
GPUs and your CPU:
360mm radiator: ~$80-$100
GPU Block 1: $100 (EK)
GPU Block 2: $100 (EK)
CPU Block: $50 (XSPC Rasa)
Res: $25 (Swiftech Micro Res)
Pump: $65 (MCP655)
Tubing: $20
Fans: $30 (6 High Speed Yate Loons)
Misc (Extra fittings, clamps, biocide, screws): $50

You're looking at around $500 depending on what radiator you buy and if you want to downgrade the pump (i wouldn't)

Just your CPU:
360mm radiator: ~$80-$100
CPU Block: $50 (XSPC Rasa)
Res: $25 (Swiftech Micro Res)
Pump: $65 (MCP655)
Tubing: $20
Fans: $30 (6 High Speed Yate Loons)
Misc (Extra fittings, clamps, biocide, screws): $50

$200 less then the other one. This will allow for you to expand your loop to include the 460s later on

Just your CPU (no future)
Radiator: 120mm Rad $50 (depending on which)
Pump: $50 (OCZ 500LPH)
Fans: $8 (2 Yate Loon High Speed)
Tubing: $20
Res: $25 (Swiftech Micro Res)
CPU Block: $50 (XSPC Rasa)

That would be much cheaper but you may regret it in the future. Depending on your case you may actually be able to get away with simply adding a 360mm radiator alongside the 120mm if you ever want to add your GPUs.

What I meant by the GPUs is that buying SLI anything is just about always a bad idea. Especially with the 460s which are limited to 2-way SLI. Right now they are great to have but it'll be a bit of a hassle later on if you want more power.
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Wow, thank you alot man. Some great info there! I posted my 460's on CL for $365, so hopefully someone bites, and if they do I will order a 480. and then once the 480's drop to about $200 price mark I'll get another one for SLI
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Wow, thank you alot man. Some great info there! I posted my 460's on CL for $365, so hopefully someone bites, and if they do I will order a 480. and then once the 480's drop to about $200 price mark I'll get another one for SLI
Sounds great to me. I'm thinking when 6XXX and the last of the Fermi's come out it'll drop a good bit. I doubt it will drop to $200 new. Used yes but def not new. 480s will be closer to $300 and 470s around $200 but that is being pretty generous.
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Sounds great to me. I'm thinking when 6XXX and the last of the Fermi's come out it'll drop a good bit. I doubt it will drop to $200 new. Used yes but def not new. 480s will be closer to $300 and 470s around $200 but that is being pretty generous.
Any ETA when the new Nvidia cards are coming out so I can just wait to buy the 480 when the price drops considerably.
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Are you saying people actually install mobo's without standoffs?
yes
i did that

you should've seen me forcing the screws in ... but it didn't fit
then i started cursing the case, the mobo and the back plate
5870 didn't fit too but i blamed it on the mobo

good thing i posted a thread asking for help on OCN before i broke anything
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