Go Back   Hardware Canucks > HARDWARE > Video Cards

    
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 08:22 AM
b1lk1's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lindsay, Ontario
Posts: 2,482

My System Specs

Default Watercool my GTX 470 or replace

It's gonna cost ~$140 to watercool my GPU. Only Dazmode has a heatsink available for it. Card overclocks very very well, would be able to run 800MHz core all day long with better cooling.

I've been looking at a HD 7850 2GB for ~$170 shipped to me and it does out perform the GTX470 ever so slightly and it DOES support multi monitors which is a pipe dream of mine to do this year for a driving sim so crossfired HD 7850's would do that well.

Anyhow, not really much money to spend right now, just looking for opinions.
__________________
MY HEATWARE
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 08:29 AM
Hall Of Fame
F@H
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Markham
Posts: 1,566

My System Specs

Default

The block is going to cost at least as much as the current resale value of your card. It's still a good card though, up to you if you think it's worth it after taking that into consideration.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 08:58 AM
Top Prospect
F@H
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Ontario
Posts: 115
Default

If your motherboard supports SLI you can get a second 470 for cheap which will blow watercooling your current card away and the performance of a 7850 for the most part. If you cannot SLI I would upgrade cards.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 09:03 AM
KaptCrunch's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 2,918
Default

other issue is whats the 470 mated with old or new MB of chipsets

The P35 is PCIe 1.1 so save my monies and go new system if gaming is the chore

Last edited by KaptCrunch; January 1, 2013 at 09:12 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 09:57 AM
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Irishman in Kiev, wOOoo, I'm an alien...
Posts: 2,657

My System Specs

Default

get a second-hand block?

IMO, unless your really want to I wouldn't bother putting it under water, not really worth the cost.
As for upgrading, I tend to wait till I can afford a single card that is around twice as powerful as my current.

Could go the dual card route but cpu/bus will probably limit you on 2 470's and then there really is the power and heat to worry about.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 10:58 AM
b1lk1's Avatar
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Lindsay, Ontario
Posts: 2,482

My System Specs

Default

I could also switch around the GPU's in my kid's PC's and grab a HD 7770 out of one and crossfire those in my PC, that would be cheap. I just may do that. I hate to spend $140 on a GPU heatsink, but the noise from this cards fan is killing me, I can hear it 2 rooms away when it gets hot.
__________________
MY HEATWARE

Last edited by b1lk1; January 1, 2013 at 01:11 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 12:57 PM
WhippWhapp's Avatar
Top Prospect
F@H
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 187

My System Specs

Default

The only way I can see it being worth it is if you can get a block on the cheap- not wanting to take a sale from Daz, but that's my take on it.

Given your hardware, I'd say it's money better put towards an upgrade elsewhere.

Another option is to add one of the Asetek gpu kits as a separate loop.
__________________
I rub and whack and choke and stroke!

Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 12:58 PM
Fudd Rucker's Avatar
Allstar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SSM Ont
Posts: 942

My System Specs

Default

I second the crossfiring the 7770s. I just went from a GTX 470 sli setup to a single card solution and the noise has dropped signifigantly. The 4xx series of cards were great (still have a watercooled 480 sli) in my other rig. But unless you were willing to watercool them - and it this point I wouldnt say its worth it considering the card is worth as much as the cooling solution.
__________________
I couldnt think of something snarky or interesting to put here this time around.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 01:56 PM
GT7R's Avatar
Allstar
F@H
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Our universe
Posts: 991

My System Specs

Default

I'd sell that card and buy a new one with the 170$ + resale money from the card. Investing 170$ in such an old card isn't worth it imo.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old January 1, 2013, 03:01 PM
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,831

My System Specs

Default

I wouldn't be able to justify the cost of the block vs the value of the card. Sell it and get something new. With what you get for selling the 470 and the money for the cost of the block you could likely get a gtx660.
__________________
Desktop: Antec Three Hundred, Z77-D3H, 3570K@4.1ghz with Zalman Optima Cooler, Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb@1866mhz, MSI Cyclone GTX 460, Seasonic S12II 500W, WD Black 1TB, Intel 530 120GB
Away from home light Gamer: Acer Aspire 15.6", A8-3500m undervolt and OC to 2Ghz, 2x4gb Corsair Vengeance, Crucial M500 240gb
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WIP Redoing my rig air to watercool NiteOwl Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery 13 August 16, 2012 12:09 AM
GTX 580 or Watercool my 480? Goalieman077 Video Cards 4 June 28, 2011 08:12 AM
what do I need to watercool my gtx285 Shadowmeph Video Cards 9 June 29, 2010 04:21 PM
First Watercool - Advice? LegendofJubei Water Cooling 6 September 8, 2008 07:25 PM
What Watercool kiy to buy jasonmoreau Water Cooling 6 February 11, 2008 10:25 AM