Not sure if I'd want the base model though. I'd say middle to top model in the range. But what would be the card to get?
My point was that the "base" model is at least $100 cheaper than any other card. You're looking at $800-850 for anything else, and I'm not sure if you'd ever see $100 worth of difference.
Personally, I have an EVGA and it works great for me. Not the high end FTW or Hydro, but the mid range SC and it works fine. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if you can get a deal.
a water cooled one.
I'm not sure watercooling is necessary with a 1080Ti. My EVGA SC Black are pretty much silent under load, in an open air Thermal Take P3 case. With two in SLI they get to a moderate volume. With a single, I don't know that you'd even hear it.
Yes, the EGVA SC Black are super quiet even when mining 24/7 at 100% GPU usage -
The EVGA 1080Ti are outstanding cards, perform extremely well and stays cool and they are actual dual width cards and not 2 1/2 width cards making them easier to SLI. Also not too long either, probably the best Nvidia cards I've ever bought.