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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-26-2018, 07:55 AM - Thread Starter
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GTX 1080ti air, then water cooled

Hy there,

So I think I'm settled for my rig's update:
- buy a new 1080ti air, use it for a while
- then build an open loop with GPU + GPÜ

Question: I understand waterblocks need to be adapted to the very layout of the components (VRMs, etc ...).
But, all you have to do, to convert to water, is remove the previous cooler, put TIM where relevant, and bolt the water block ? Am I right ? Can every 1080 see their cooler removed or only some ?

Sorry for potentially candid question, I'd prefer not throw 500 E to something that can't do the above plan

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Your best bet is to buy a 1080 Ti that uses the reference design. That will have compatibility to the most GPU blocks. Otherwise, you will be limited to specific blocks that are designed specifically for that model of graphics card.

And yes, it is as easy as removing the air cooler and screwing on the new water block. You'll have to have thermal paste for the GPU itself (some blocks come with paste but some don't), but the kit will also include thermal pads for the GPU's RAM and VRM. Typically, a first-timer will take about an hour to convert the GPU from air to water.

I highly recommend Watercool's Heatkiller IV GPU blocks and backplates. They have great aesthetics and cool extremely well. Plus, their backplates actually help to cool the GPU and VRM areas on the back side.

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