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I want to WC my GTX260 (65nm). My dilemma is I'm not sure whether to go with a uni block or a full cover. I know the full cover blocks end up cooling better BUT this is an aging card and I don't know if I want to spend the extra cash on a specific full cover block when there is a possibility of upgrading later. If I get a uni block I can use it on a new GPU if I upgrade.

Thoughts?

tl;dr

Full cover block - PROS-cools better CONS-costs more, can't use with other card if I upgrade

Uni block - PROS - cheaper, universal CONS-does not cool as well.

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Personally I would not bother with a GTX260 full cover block if I was you, the universal block like you say is cheaper and will fit other cards when you upgrade. Seems like a smarter purchase choice if you ask me.

You can always place a fan blowing cool air at your GPU's VRMs, that will cool them just as good as a full cover too.
    
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I use the mcw80 on my gtx275 and love it. you will have buy a ramsink for it though. my temp never goes over 42 or so, even running it hard.
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Originally Posted by ttoadd.nz View Post
Personally I would not bother with a GTX260 full cover block if I was you, the universal block like you say is cheaper and will fit other cards when you upgrade. Seems like a smarter purchase choice if you ask me.

You can always place a fan blowing cool air at your GPU's VRMs, that will cool them just as good as a full cover too.
@ the fan, yea that's what I was thinking. At the least I could use a uni block and get one of those blocks that go around the uni and air cool it. (a full cover heat sink? or something like that)
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I use the mcw80 on my gtx275 and love it. you will have buy a ramsink for it though. my temp never goes over 42 or so, even running it hard.
Awesome. I like to hear that. My 260 folds 24/7/365 so keeping it cool is a priority.
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I'd go for the Uni block. To get a full block on a card that you may upgrade is a waste, unless you can get a killer deal on eBay or similar.

The Uni block could be reused, or if you decided to upgrade the primary card and keep the current one as secondary, you could still have it in the loop, and then spend what you saved on a full block for the newer card.

Do have a look on eBay though, I got my Acetal EK5970, with backplate, for £60, only used for a few months, a good £45~ off of retail. Worth checking out.
    
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Better or not better is very subjective, I use 2x EK VGA Supreme Water blocks in parallel on my GTS 450 Sonic Platinums with almost as big of OC's as the voltage regs will be programmed to and have NEVER seen them break 31~32c (on air they averaged 60-85 at load on SLi with 15% less an OC) at 23~24c oat on my loop. You will want some ramsinks and possibly a ram strip for the voltage regulators, but I dunno about "not being as good". I would have to see some real data to sign off on them not being as good as a full cover.

Mind you there is no such thing as a 450 gts full cover, considering the sheer number of reference pcb's out there, but like you said, once you buy a full cover, thats it, its yours... and will be a dust collection device eventually. The project build in my sig will show the blocks installed if your curious.

Not trying to tell you what to do, there are compromises and benefits/losses in either selection, but they "do" cool off components as well, if not better than a fc.
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Uni blocks are good, but don't count on them always being transferable to new cards. Sometimes you have to buy new holding plates and ramsinks, which can add up. Personally I think putting a single 260 under water is a waste of $$. You could just sell it and buy a GTX460 that would fold even better. If you insist on putting it under water, I'd probably go with a Uni block.
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