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Hey all. I wanted to ask about water cooling as it pertains to the GTX 580. I'm VERY new to building PCs and the one detailed below is my first and current build (just built this September). I'm building for overall gaming performance and would really love to protect my hardware. I've currently got a Corsair H80 running on my i7 2600k. if at all possible, I'd love to build a small dedicated water block for my GPU. Would anyone happen to know of any kits surrounding something as small as this? I really don't need anything big, just large enough to sustain my GPU.

If a kit isn't available I would also love any suggestions on radiators, tubes, etc. I'm fine itemizing the water blocking build, I'm eying this up currently in terms of the block: http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...roduct_id=2005. However, what radiator should I be using and fans, etc. Really too new to be blindly doing this at this point. Thank you ahead of time for your input and patience with my newb building ways, I'll eventually learn all these fun things and build a superior rig on my next go-around!
 

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To be honest, most people would add their CPU to that loops as you may as well make the most of it if you're building the loop from scratch. I'm still doing lots of research on water cooling to familiarize myself but I've heard that Koolance are pretty good. I've taken a look at the EVGA GTX580 3GB and it definitely is reference design so it should fit.
 

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EK makes a water block or 6 for the 580 series. This is a reference card you speak of, so these blocks should fit. I'd say email EK to be double sure? here's a link to their site
http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/blocks/vga-blocks/fc-geforce/ek-fc580-gtx-acetal.html

Frozen CPU sells them in the US if you're interested.

Generally for watercooling, people do put their CPU in the same loop as GPU, but you can get a single fan radiator [just like your h80 has] and a separate pump just or the GPU block. downside? another pump = more sound/heat. upside? not having to buy a new radiator and cpu block. but if you're gonna add a GPU liquid cooled solution, you're gonna be adding a new radiator anyways ;].

suggestion? sell the H80, and really take a nose dive into overclocking ;]
 

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EK makes a water block or 6 for the 580 series. This is a reference card you speak of, so these blocks should fit. I'd say email EK to be double sure? here's a link to their site
http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/bl...tx-acetal.html

Frozen CPU sells them in the US if you're interested.

Generally for watercooling, people do put their CPU in the same loop as GPU, but you can get a single fan radiator [just like your h80 has] and a separate pump just or the GPU block. downside? another pump = more sound/heat. upside? not having to buy a new radiator and cpu block. but if you're gonna add a GPU liquid cooled solution, you're gonna be adding a new radiator anyways ;].

suggestion? sell the H80, and really take a nose dive into overclocking ;]


Thank you, kind sir! I'll go that route most likely. H80 was super cheaper anyways so it isn't beyond my pocket book to change it out and sell it off for even half of its original price-tag. Thanks and I'll let you guys know how it goes!
 
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