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post #1 of 10
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I have $400, what do I get? Here are the options I've been thinking about:

A new Evga Gtx 480: $400
A new Asus Xonar STX: $200
A new Water cooling loop for the cpu only: $400

Opinions? Anyone have an idea of how I could have a loop that also includes a gtx 480 block for the same price?
    
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post #2 of 10
My vote is the GTX480 SLI. That would be awesome!
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post #3 of 10
I would sell the 480 and get 2 570s, though I do not know anything about nvidia cards. I havent had any for quite a while.
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I don't know what your goal is. If you don't game much SLI isn't going to be worth it. If you don't listen to music like Audiophiles do then getting a good sound card is a waste of money. Full GPU blocks are expensive usually $100+ a piece. But I'm going to doubt you will be able to loop an H70 with your 480, I would rather keep it separate from a GPU loop.

GPU Block - $100-$140
Radiator - $80-$130
Pump - $70-$100

So a separate loop for GPU is do-able. It's just going to depend on which GPU block you buy, the radiator of choice, and the pump choice.
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post #5 of 10
I say 480 SLI. Its the only thing slacking in your system.
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post #6 of 10
If you go with the XSPC water cooling kit with the RS360 Radiator you could do CPU and GPU for roughly ~$250
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Anyone else?
    
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post #8 of 10
I would do a custom water cooling. An investment that would actually stay for a while to be honest. You would see a big difference between the H70 and the custom water cooling loop.

If you do not have enough satisfaction with your gpu's performance then get another gtx 480.
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post #10 of 10
$400 for a cpu only loop?! My vote goes for water cooling but throw in the GPU also.
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