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So I'm planning to build a PC and I'm probably going with a GTX 560. Since I'm gonna be watercooling my CPU, I thought I should watercool my video card too. But seeing that EK didn't release there GTX 560 waterblocks, I'm seriously reconsidering. Also, the problem is that I'm probably not going to watercool the card as soon as I get it (budget problem) so I'm gonna run on air for about a month or two. Now, I saw people overclocking their MSI GTX 560 Twin Frozr II to 1ghz (which is want to achieve) but since it's not a reference PCB, I won't be able to watercool it later. My main goal by watercooling was to achieve a better overclock and to make my rig silent, but the card will rarely run at over 70% fan speed, so...

Is it really worth it? Should I stick with EVGA (260$) and watercool it later, pick the MSI one (265$) instead or take the Asus DirectCU II (240$)?


Thanks for helping!

BTW, I'm probably going to SLI it later so I can play Battlefield 3 maxed out!
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Well if you want a quite rig with a good overclock then watercooling is probably the way to go. You could always try the swiftech mcw-80 gpu block with some copper passive heatsinks for the vram. I would pick up the evga card and do that. That block could also be used when you upgraded to a new video card as well. If you want to be more economical, then go for the msi card. It all depends on how much you want to spend an how much noise you can handle. I don't like to hear my computer at all so I will always recommend watercooling over air cooling when possible.
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Well if you want a quite rig with a good overclock then watercooling is probably the way to go. You could always try the swiftech mcw-80 gpu block with some copper passive heatsinks for the vram. I would pick up the evga card and do that. That block could also be used when you upgraded to a new video card as well. If you want to be more economical, then go for the msi card.
I thought about that, but I really don't love how universal blocks look on cards...

And what about the Asus one?

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no it doesn't get hot enough for you to spend the extra cash for a wc loop... even if you upp the volts, air is good enough man. set fan control to manual and put it on 60-65. If it's was anything like my 580 before my dd water block... noise isn't that loud
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Get some feedback from 560 users man; the MSI twin frozer seems like a great design, you just need to know what temps/noise theire getting a 1ghz, thats all..

If its something decent (after all thats what youre looking for) you can go for it, grab one and call it a day (and not xpend more money later >.< )

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Directcu would be the best choice for watercooling since there is a heatsink on the mosfet already. Just put an mcw80 on the gpu and away you go.
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I thought about that, but I really don't love how universal blocks look on cards...

And what about the Asus one?

Thanks for the fast responce!
If you don't like universal blocks then I would go for the msi card, unless you feel like waiting for them to release a full coverage block and then watercooling. I would stick with the evga card over the asus because the warranty is better (lifetime vs. 3 years). If the warranty doesnt matter to you, then get the asus since they are virtually the same card.
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Um I have a watercooled 560. It well worth it.
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If you don't like universal blocks then I would go for the msi card, unless you feel like waiting for them to release a full coverage block and then watercooling. I would stick with the evga card over the asus because the warranty is better (lifetime vs. 3 years). If the warranty doesnt matter to you, then get the asus since they are virtually the same card.
EVGA warranty honestly flat out suck. ASUS directcu is a nonreferance card. If its like the GTX 460 it has more power phases than the referance card. MCW80 does a better job then any full cover out there and you can actually use them again on another gpu.
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Get some feedback from 560 users man; the MSI twin frozer seems like a great design, you just need to know what temps/noise theire getting a 1ghz, thats all..

If its something decent (after all thats what youre looking for) you can go for it, grab one and call it a day (and not xpend more money later >.< )

Good Luck
I saw LinusTechTips overclock it to 1ghz and he had some decent temps...

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Directcu would be the best choice for watercooling since there is a heatsink on the mosfet already. Just put an mcw80 on the gpu and away you go.
Didn't know it had a heatsink on the mosfet.. Probably going with that then! It's also the cheapest...

+rep!

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If you don't like universal blocks then I would go for the msi card, unless you feel like waiting for them to release a full coverage block and then watercooling. I would stick with the evga card over the asus because the warranty is better (lifetime vs. 3 years). If the warranty doesnt matter to you, then get the asus since they are virtually the same card.
I won't have to wait for the release of the waterblocks since I won't be building before late november.

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Originally Posted by Philbar71 View Post
Um I have a watercooled 560. It well worth it.
What block are you using and what temps are you getting with what overclock? Thanks!

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EVGA warranty honestly flat out suck. ASUS directcu is a nonreferance card. If its like the GTX 460 it has more power phases than the referance card. MCW80 does a better job then any full cover out there and you can actually use them again on another gpu.
Yeah, I saw the Asus one had more power phases. I think it had 8 versus the 4-5 on the EVGA and 6 on the MSI...
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