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post #1 of 14
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Hi there!

I'm going to be upgrading to a GTX 570 next week and i came across this.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1280m...2mhz-480-cores

Was just wandering if i could throw together a CHEAP (as in about £50-60) custom loop for this GPU - similar in style to a H50?

I have a Antec P180 mini which has 2 seperate 120mm chambers (top one occupied by H50), so i would be looking to use a smallish 120mm rad for the bottom chamber with some mid rpm fans.

Got looking at these componants.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ek-dc...12v-dc-pump%29 - Pump
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/225634 - Tubing
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180687 - Liquid
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/180141 - Rad

Would it be possible to do something like that?
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post #2 of 14
Hello.

Yes, you could readily assemble a viable loop for that card with some of the components you listed.

The pump is decent enough for what you propose, but I would forgo the Feser liquid and run with straight distilled and a biocide.

I would also use a radiator with more surface area and capacity (240), or perhaps run dual 120's.

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post #3 of 14
yeah the pump will be fine but the coolent i wouldnt bother with if you looking for cheap go to halfords or an auto part store and just get some de-iornised water what they use to top up car batterys will do the same thing , =)

and invest in a thicker/Longer Rad i would personaly do a 120.2 Rad on there or you wont see a big cooling drop

also what fans you thinking of putting on there
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post #4 of 14
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Maybe some Coolermaster Sickleflow fans or maybe GT's - something like that. Can't really do 120.2 without hacking up my case a bit but could do thicker rad quite easily.

I'm just brainstorming at the moment, got about a week to decide on setup so won't be rushing into it.

Btw way has anybody had any experience with Point of View Gtx Beast/Watercooled cards before - can't seem to find many reviews? I think they use Aquablock or something like that.
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post #5 of 14
I used this HW Labs GTX120 with satisfactory results.

Note that it was in conjunction with a HW Labs 240 radiator, single loop CPU and GPU (see Liquid Chameleon in sig if you are interested)
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post #6 of 14
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Cool case Syrillian. Good stuff!

If i was to use the thin 120mm rad and the simplest most basic possible loop, could i expect better temperatures than air cooled cards. What kind of performance would a thicker rad give me?
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post #7 of 14
get a swiftech 120mm rad, typhoon with a shroud, distilled, PK nuke, T res, tygon or the like for tubing, the pump is fine, and see if you can get a gpu block(not a full coverage) that will fit for a good price.
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post #8 of 14
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Why not full coverage?
Would an old fan make a good shroud?
Would your config cost Nick911? Estimate?

Sorry for all the questions btw, bit of W/C noob
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post #9 of 14
The waterblock on that graphics card is quite good, it's made by Aquacomputer.

It's only flaw is that is's incredibly restrictive, which may prove to be detrimental with such a cheap pump. I would buy the 570 separate, and then buy an EK FC-580 GTX waterblock for it. Installation is somewhat tricky but as long as you follow the instructions you'll be fine.

With the GTX 120mm radiator (thick rad) and 1850 RPM Gentle Typhoons you will have a water-air delta just under 10C. This is about average and will still provide you with performance much better than air cooling.
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post #10 of 14
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EK FC580 is a little too expensive. The POV Beast comes with the block for only an extra £30 - and a factory overclock.

Need to do this for up to or less than £400. Cheap 570 would cost £275 (Palit, pny etc). Adding a block would only give £50 to get everything else, buying the POV beast would free up £75.
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