Originally Posted by linglingjr
Just get a 6850 or something for the time being and then upgrade to something current when money isn't an issue again. Even if I was learning water cooling for the first time I wouldn't waste money on a block for such an outdated gpu.
The block's already been bought-MONTHS AGO-and like I said, I wouldn't have bought it if the reference HSF wasn't such crap and if the block cost any more than $40. That GTX 480 was nothing more than a stopgap upgrade from the 8800 GT while the next generation of graphics cards has yet to release, and it didn't last long enough.
This isn't about learning to water-cool, but keeping temperatures in check while not having my system sound like a deafening jet engine. That's the real appeal of GPU water-cooling. I know how the setup works, more or less.
Here's hoping the EVGA ACX HSF they put on the GTX 760 doesn't suck...I'm already hesitant to spend $250-270 on any current graphics card when the original plan was to wait for Maxwell/GTX 800. And as for your suggestion of AMD, that depends on whether they've gotten their driver act together or not, whether the HSF options are any good, and whether or not I can still leave an NVIDIA card in the system to handle CUDA/PhysX duty. (Damn vendor-specific GPU features...)