I'm going to be upgrading my old GTX 275 very soon and would like to replace it with a watercooled high-end card. I'm looking for what would be the best value proposition, ie, I don't need to spend all of my money, but if there is a noticeable performance increase it might be worth spending slightly more. I don't care about power efficiency and I'll be overclocking fairly high.
I'm thinking between a 7970, 670 or 680, although the budget needs to take into account the price of the waterblock. I already have a capable watercooling loop installed.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 week
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GTX 275, enermax galaxy 1Kw
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i7 920 @4.0Ghz
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Scan, Overclockers, ebuyer
If you want more good advise on the water cooling you should check them out on Toms water cooling. I hear the GRX 580's are good but I don't know the price. Then there is the GTX 680 again I don't know the price.
So check with them in the water cooling and see if they can help you more. I will link you to them. Good luck to you. Some day I will be doing just what your are.
Get this card, it's the EVGA GTX 670 FTW. It has an 8 phase VRM meaning it will OC beyond even a reference GTX 680. This card also uses the GTX 680 PCB meaning that you can buy waterblocks that fit the GTX 680 and it will fit this card fine. This card is faster than a reference GTX 680 out the box too and it's $100 cheaper.