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Is a full body GPU waterblock much better than a waterblock simply for the processor? I was informed by a member on here that I should get a swiftech mcw80 rather than the EK-FC460 that I was going to get for my REFERENCE 460 card. The price and reusable nature of the MCW80 seems enticing, but if this is the case then why in the world would someone by something for about 40 dollars more and gets you about the same temperatures?
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full body waterblock cools ram and VRMS which can be essential for longevity of your card. if you do plan on getting the mcw80, you will need to get ram sinks and adhesive thermal compund to keep the sinks on.

pros and cons for either solutions. which one will u choose?

i personally would just get the full body block.
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Review some of the recent blown 570 threads in the NVIDIA section due to lack of sufficient VRM cooling and you let us know how important VRM cooling is .
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post #4 of 37
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full body waterblock cools ram and VRMS which can be essential for longevity of your card. if you do plan on getting the mcw80, you will need to get ram sinks and adhesive thermal compund to keep the sinks on.

pros and cons for either solutions. which one will u choose?

i personally would just get the full body block.
Initially I was going for the full body, but when someone clued me on on the MCW80 then I said hmmmmmm. But I didn't know much of the pros and cons. To be honest I just got the video card so I don't plan on changing the card for a while....unless I mess up the whole watercooling project and zap my card in the process. which I am going to try and take PRECISE MEASURES to prevent that from happening.
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That's me. Again you can use MCW60/80 for future generations. If you are worried about ram and MOS just buy enzotech heatsinks which already come with the necessary thermal stuff as well. You can reuse them as well.

On a side note I wouldn't worry about getting heatsinks for a GTX460.
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Review some of the recent blown 570 threads in the NVIDIA section due to lack of sufficient VRM cooling and you let us know how important VRM cooling is .
Sold.....EK-FC460 full body it is. And I say this because of my next project. Overclocking my card. If I keep the processor cool and the other part untouched then yea, I just might blow the card. I ain't rich and I'm putting more money than your average joe into this I think. I could have easily went with a kit, but I wanted custom parts.

With the above being mentioned, would I really need to cool my NB if I am OC-ing my CPU?
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That's me. Again you can use MCW60/80 for future generations. If you are worried about ram and MOS just buy enzotech heatsinks which already come with the necessary thermal stuff as well. You can reuse them as well.

On a side note I wouldn't worry about getting heatsinks for a GTX460.
I'll have to look up these parts you speak of. and if they are reliable as I would like them to be. Enzotech huh. Let me take a gander and I'll be right back.
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remember you will still need a rad, a pump and tubing and other stuff you normally need for a WC setup. may as well throw a cpu block to make a full loop for your rig.

plan accordingly. and you will be happy.
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remember you will still need a rad, a pump and tubing and other stuff you normally need for a WC setup. may as well throw a cpu block to make a full loop for your rig.

plan accordingly. and you will be happy.
Of course I will throw the CPU block on their. That was the main intention lol. The GPU was secondary. Or do some people only do a GPU? Never heard of that if so.

@ Averwind. These do seem like some viable options for the GPU. I'll have to consider. In two weeks I'll be making purchases and the MCW80 and MC14 will have to be considered. One thing i have to keep in mind though is that this is the technology age/cyber age. if things go right then by the time I upgrade my vid card, there will be something newer and better than what I'd have today. I'm a person who is under the notion that technology is advancing in an alarming rate. The MCW80 along with the EK-FC460 will be close to obsolete or at least less efficient than what will be in the market years from now.

On the flipside of the coin. If I have videocard problems and I do need another videocard then I'd have to do one of two thing. Get the same videocard so it can fit the fullblock or I can chalk up the 100 bucks as a loss and and get another card and GPU waterblock altogether.

Decisions decisions. But the options are much appreciated Averwind. I'm new to WC and I didn't know I even had an option.
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