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Graphics Help Please - Trying to Source Decent Water-Cooled GPU

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ytene, 26 Nov 2009.

  1. ytene

    ytene New Member

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    Hi all...

    Having just purchased a Dell Ultrasharp 24" widescreen [1920x1200] monitor, I would like to upgrade my GPU to something with a bit more oomph to give me the best possible gaming experience.

    My current machine is based around an Intel Quad-Core Q6850 [3.2GHz, overclocked to 3.62GHz] and a BFG 8800GTX GPU with the factory-fit Danger Den water cooling, plus other odds of course.

    I would like to upgrade my GPU to the BFG 295 GTX H2OC... but none of BFG Tech's listed UK retailers, or it's 2 UK distributors, have any in stock. The deal seems to be that BFG only ship this card in units of 5. As it's quite a specialist part, there don't seem to be retailers in the UK willing to place an order for £2500 worth of kit without waiting customers. I'm currently 3rd in a queue of 3 over at Overclockers, but they won't place an order until 2 more people sign on to the wait list.

    I tried going to BFG in the US and asking them if they could source one for me. They put me on to newegg.com, a US retailer [who doesn't ship outside the US and who doesn't have any of these things in stock either. I've been bashing my head against the BFG wall and getting nowhere. EVGA are the only other vendor I can find who offer a water-cooled 295, but I can't find anyone offering one of those either.

    I would prefer an nVidia chipset and a 295 based card purely because I run a mixture of Windows and Linux and I know this combination will work... but having said that if someone could recommend me an ATI-based equivalent card that comes with a water block, that would be fine. I am not comfortable with the idea of a DIY waterblock as the potential for a fry-up is too great for me...

    Can't believe that BFG can be so stroppy, but there you go.

    Your advice would be much appreciated.

    Cheers.
     
  2. andrew8200m

    andrew8200m Well-Known Member

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    My advice, get a palit gtx295 and fit a Koolance VID-NX295S

    Comes in at around £500 total and will be a better option than the bf card as the palit cards (from modding a bios) come with a slightly lower voltage to the bfg cards. Up this voltage to a smidge higher and they overclock like crazy with decent cooling. Ive seen a few palit cards hit spees of 950/1900/2600 which is mad. This isnt on water obviously but my point still stands that they have the potential to overclock like hell. Ive still got one palit card under water in a media pc (thatll play games too) and its sat happily at 790/1650/2400.

    My main gaming rig has 2 asus gtx295s but they are yet to have water blocks fitted.

    Andy

    Andy
     
  3. ytene

    ytene New Member

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    Thanks Andy,

    Looking round to source a combination of card and water block. Just spoken to Beast Computers and they are offering to fit a block to a card for £20 if I purchase both from them, so it looks like it might work out as a better deal than the BFG factory-fit water-block anyway.

    I guess my only other choice is to wait until the new year for the new nVidia design, but who knows when that will ship - or at what price?

    Appreciate the advice, thanks.
     

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