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Well, I would still go for the XSPC rads. They are better performers, and honestly all rads look almost exactly the same. Otherwise, what you have picked is perfectly fine if that is what you want.
Well, I realize that you probably want to keep everything from the same company for looks. But it would be a LOT cheaper and more efficient (with a better overall loop) if you spread the parts out among companies. It would still look great, would save you money, and you'd get better performance. For example, the XSPC raystorm is only $50 and is the top performing block at the moment (or is right behind the EK HF depending on the test). Same thing with your radiators, the...
The reason you don't want a 90 degree on the inlet is because it screws with flow into the pump. This wears the pump down faster and causes it to fail. It's no problem with a reservoir top though.
Honestly, I would 100% stay away from all EK products. Their customer service is notoriously bad and they have been cheaping out on their nickel plated blocks. Koolance makes some great stuff and would be a better choice IMO. As for mixing metals, the only thing you really need to stay away from is aluminum. Everything else should be fine.
For a case, I would either go with the Switch 810 or the Corsair 700/800d. They both are enormous and can easily house everything you'll need. The cosmos II is a good case as well, but IMO it takes a lot more effort to get everything looking neat and nice. If you're willing to put in that effort, then go for it. As for watercooling components. Here is what I would...
If you are going with an 810, definitely put either a 420 or a 360 up top. Also, since this is your first time, I would suggest going with the XSPC raystorm kit. http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_202_972&products_id=33663 Once you add in a GPU block it is about $20 over your budget, but would be worth it if you can swing it. If you can't afford that, then I would go with the XSPC 360 rasa kit.
The XSPC kit is superior to the EK kit as well as EK has terrible customer service. The rasa is extremely close in performance to the HF to the point that it is almost negligible. However, if you are planning on upgrading in the future, I would actually go with the XSPC raystorm kit. It has a better pump, same performing rad, and a slightly superior waterblock. However, I will warn you that multiple loops will not give you better performance than 1 loop. It will just cost...
Next time actually read my post please. I was clearly referring to their nickel plated blocks (hence the comparison to koolance). Also the HF isn't the #1 block, the raystorm is and is much cheaper. Looks are purely subjective as well, IMO the raystorm looks way better.However, like I stated in my last post, I'm not going to give my money to a company that clearly screws customers (like trying to change a warranty which is illegal btw). Even if the HF was the best...
After the fiasco as well as absolutely terrible customer service, I refuse to buy another EK product ever again. Why should I give them my money for inferior products when companies like koolance use REAL plating instead of cheaping out to save on cost. As stated before, EK's blocks are the only ones having this problem. Of course they would blame water which has been in use for YEARS without people complaining, they want you to buy their premix. Just another sleazy move...
Good choice. After this fiasco, as well as my own personal problems with EK, I'm never purchasing another product from them again. Vote with your wallet. Why should we have to jump through hoops when it is clearly their fault to begin with? Poor customer service, blaming the customers, and an overall lack of product quality has driven me away. I always recommend anything other than EK as other companies have superior products.
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