Maybe, noise wise, it's more rational buying the cheapest one available, and then slap an Accelero S1 Plus on it.
While i dont disagree with you, i dont think its for everybody, voiding warranties
, having sometimes coolers that dont fit 100%, etc, its something that not all do. Personally i love tinkering with my cards, i run accelero III atm on my 780, but its not that easy, i had to waste a good amount installing it, then it didnt work out with the PWM control of the nvidia refrerence card, so i had to use a 7v adapter, overall custom coolers for gpu are not that common, i feel a good include cooler would be worth it to me. On my next gpu i might wait for the MSI gaming version, and then slap a Prolimatech MK-26 with some vortex 140s.... will see this are just dreams....
It depends, EVGA for instance is known to allow third party coolers as long as the stock cooler can be reinstalled in its original condition: http://www.evga.com/support/warranty/The product must be returned to EVGA in the original factory configuration and condition. All aftermarket modifications must be reversed before sending in the product for replacement.
I read that Arctic just started to replace the shitty glue (G1) that comes with the Accelero S1 Plus by a thermal permanent glue.
Good thing about the shitty glue is that parts can be removed easily. I mailed them about the new one to see if that'll also be possible (permanent doesn't sound too good
Otherwise, the EGVA FTW seems to have a big rad below its fans. I wonder if one or two low RPM fans wouldn't simply do the trick. Photos here: http://www.overclockers.com/evga-gtx-75 ... ard-review
That would avoid too much tinkering and keep it fairly simple (I might just try to go this way).
I also agree that the MSI looks perfect for an out-of-the-box solution.