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Which aftermarket GPU watercooler should I use?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Reevo, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Reevo

    Reevo New Member

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    So I recently bought a (used) XFX HD 6970. This GPU will not be upgraded for about 4 years. So I want to make the best of it and make sure it'll stay plenty healthy, quiet and cool. For this reason, I wish to watercool my GPU. I won't be using a custom loop set because frankly, I don't have the time or money (or even computer case space) for it. I just need a closed gpu watercool loop with a SINGLE fan radiator. The reason I need a single fan radiator is because my PC case is a Cooler Master K380 and has no support for dual rads at all.
    So, what can the community suggest?

    Please note: If you have anything to say along the lines of "your gpu is already bad and you should just save and upgrade" then go somewhere else. Ever since 2010, I had an HD 5770 until only a few months ago. That thing was outdated by 2012, and it suited my needs all the way until a few months ago when I needed something only a bit better.
     
  2. BakerMan1971

    BakerMan1971 Well-Known Member

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    I think your only stumbling block might be compatibility, check out corsair and NZXT's options where you need to buy the bracket/heatsink setup and then add a standard AIO.

    Otherwise it would be custom such as EK.

    Good luck and let us know what you find.
     
  3. Reevo

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    Graphics Card(s):
    XFX HD 6970
    Power Supply (PSU):
    EVGA SuperNova 650G
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    Cooler Master K380
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    Some 1920x1080 AOC Monitor
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    Corsair appears to only have options for Nvidia cards as well as the AMD R9 series. As for NZXT, they do have the G10 Kraken which is compatible and also has the options for many different water coolers to be used. The best option would be the NZXT G10 and the Corsair H55 (On amazon: G10 Red + H55 = £72.49)
    I do have the option for an Arctic Accerlero Hybrid 120 which is £61.67, but I can't decide. The hyrbid won't match my system as well due to the colour scheme, but the H55 and G10 would. Any other thoughts?
     
  4. BakerMan1971

    BakerMan1971 Well-Known Member

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    From past forum posts the NZXT is by far the most popular with overclockers, for performance and compatibility and does have a lot of online users, the Arctic is a good brand but not as popular.
    In your situation I would hit up the NZXT.
     
  5. Reevo

    Reevo New Member

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    Memory (RAM):
    6Gb 1333Mhz (2 x 2Gb SK Hynix, 2 x 1Gb Elpida)
    Storage:
    1Tb WD Black for storage, 120Gb Kingston V300 for OS
    Graphics Card(s):
    XFX HD 6970
    Power Supply (PSU):
    EVGA SuperNova 650G
    Case:
    Cooler Master K380
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    Some 1920x1080 AOC Monitor
    Operating System(s):
    Windows 10
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    38 Down/9 Up
    Thanks for the reply. As soon as I get enough cash, I'll be buying it.
     
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