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Planning to get watercooling (XSPC RX360 kit) and two 6870s in the very, very near future (already ordered one!).

However... i aM tEh chEAPnesz.

Understandably, "watercooling" and "cheap" just don't mix. But then again, lots of people say that water and electricity don't mix either... but here we are thumb.gif



What is a standard price for a GPU waterblock? Recent searchings say $100~.
Do GPU waterblocks decrease in price? No, but they may be discounted as overstock/outdated.
What is a good block brand to get if I was to get a full cover for two 6870s? Heatkiller and EK (acetal+nickel) look good IMO but I don't know much.
What are people's thoughts on partial GPU blocks (the ones with only the processing unit, no vregs)? vreg cooling would be an issue?
What are generally cheap places to buy waterblocks? besides ebay!

Flame me for wanting cheap waterblocks!
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post #2 of 18
I assume you want a full cover block and not just a GPU block?

They're usually expensive, I'd say at least $100 depending on which generation block you get, along with the top and plating.

They don't really drop in price, maybe a few dollars once in a while.

For some good brands EK, HK, Danger Den, Koolance just to name a few.

GPU only blocks are good if you want WC'ing but can't really drop the cash on a full cover block, heatsinks should be able to cool the other components well enough.

Cheap places to go for blocks would be Performance PCs, Sidewinder Computers, and Frozen CPU.

Frozen usually has the best selection but they do tend to have higher prices.
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post #3 of 18
General price for GPU block is between $80-$120 usually near $100.
Yes, they will decrease in price when the card becomes older.
Good brands are Danger den, EK, Koolance, HK, AquagraFX..... But there are more.
There is nothing wrong with the GPU only blocks, but then you need to get some kind of heatsinks for the VRMs.
I would recommend Sidewinder, SVC, Aquatuning. Those are the only places that I buy from.

Good luck! thumb.gif
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post #4 of 18
WoW! good question man!! I have been asking those same exact question for quite a while! I'm actually thinking of something something very similar for quite a while.
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post #5 of 18
XSPC usually have cheaper gpu waterblocks in the $60-80 range, however they don't seem to do the 6870:

http://www.xs-pc.com/products/waterblocks/gpu-waterblocks/
     
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post #6 of 18
I just finished ordering two waterblocks for my 6970's.. most places I read kept saying that the XSPC Razor blocks for the 6970's were performing better than the others on the market. They cost $85 @ performance-pcs.com have a look at them.

Edit: nvm misread 6870 for 6970 sorry
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post #7 of 18
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I saw some $50 full-cover (cept for a few vregs) 6850 blocks by Heatkiller, more research indicated that they were actually 4850 overstock that coincidentally fit the 6850. I just thought that there could of been cheaper alternatives to waterblocks cool.gif
Link here of the 6850.

If anyone has any knowledge of partial-cover gpu blocks that fit the 6870, advice would be appreciated!!! I guess I could always slap on a few copper heatsinks to deal with the voltage regs and save myself $50 per block...
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post #8 of 18
Full cover blocks are heavy which poses a problem on the newer, longer cards as it causes bending which can become permanent if not addressed. Full blocks are still the best choice I'd you're looking for performance over price.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AdmRose;12910081 
Full cover blocks are heavy which poses a problem on the newer, longer cards as it causes bending which can become permanent if not addressed. Full blocks are still the best choice I'd you're looking for performance over price.

Addressed in what manner? Links as I am curious. I see brackets or other measures mentioned but rarely links smile.gif
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by werds;12910140 
Addressed in what manner? Links as I am curious. I see brackets or other measures mentioned but rarely links smile.gif

Look around the forums as there are a few threads about this. There is a product by Powercolor that is basically a support beam, but you don't need to get that fancy. Anything that'll support the weight on the end of the card will work.
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