Should I buy reference graphics cards for watercooling

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by MagR, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. MagR

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    Hi All

    I'm new to watercooling and am about to try my first build (final parts should be delivered today). I have bought two EK full cover blocks for my 500 series sli graphics system. I used EK because they have a configurator tool and could provide blocks which matched my Pallit cards which have non reference (custom) pcb's.

    Thinking about the future, when I buy my next graphics cards is it best to simply get the cheapest version of the model I want with reference pcb and cooler? This should overcome any compatibility problems but are there any real advantages to non reference pcb's?

    Also do any UK companies sell cards without any cooler at all as it is simply going to be removed (which may prove difficult/dangerous) which should be a bit cheaper?

    Thanks in advance


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