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Dear,
- gamers - professionals - over-clockers - enthusiasts - and computer nerds alike (we are all proud of these titles wave2.gif)…

For the past few weeks we've been hard at work trying to get the computer ready to go. We see a lot of gaming computers, but thought we would put a different spin on it and make a super media computer! Of course we can’t forget to mention that we will be running this baby in numerous stress-tests; high demand gaming; and pushing it to overclocking limits.

We wanted share our experiences, and computer knowledge, and sweet pictures to this community!thumb.gif

In the next week, I will update this post with and all the equipment that makes us enthusiasts melt in our seats. Please subscribe to this thread, because there is going to be some hardcore custom computer building, and I doubt this community will want to miss what we have in store for everyone in the coming days.

I will say that we will be building and entire EKWB water cooling system. Some of us have been water cooling for quite some time now, and have all agreed that we would do it exclusively with EK products. We feel they are the up-coming cooling giant of the market - and we really want to test out what they have to offer. Also, we wanted to build the entire system as EK, so we could get the best results possible for cooling, and thus more overclocking potential!! We all love EK hardware, and wanted to make this computer as professional, as clean, and gorgeous as we possibly could – (Yes, I just called a box in inanimate objects “gorgeous”).

Hopefully in the next week or two we'll be able to get started on this build, because we are still waiting for the water cooling equipment to come in the mail. This is our first big build, and the first time that we've actually spent a LOT of $$$ on not only the components, but aesthetics as well. We're so excited to have the opportunity to hook this baby up to an awesome cooling system so we can REALLY push it's overclocking limits. We want to see how well it does under intense load, and OF COURSE FOLDING@HOME (can't forget that). When we are all done, this computer will be a dedicated folder, so it's all just icing on the cake. cheers.gif

We would like to thank everyone for their support - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!! drunken.gif

CHEERS!
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Welcome to OCN and good luck with the build. <3 EK!
    
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Thanks!!

BTW - Does overclockers have a folding@home team?
As I've said in another forum, I'm going to set this computer up to fold, and would love to fold for the teams =]
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Join in the worldwide phenomenon known as the OCN Folding Team! Team 37726
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Welcome to OCN!

Honestly, most water coolers will tell you to stay away from EK right now. If you are going with EK DO NOT go with their Nickle plated products, so many issues with corrosion lately, instead go with their copper line.
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Hello and Welcome !!!

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, EK has lost a lot of clout with the water cooling community.

I originally was thinking all EK route until I saw all the rumors popping up, just too many people posting pics of plating issue scared me off, mass media hype (call it that if you will) will do that to you..

Some may think that I have gone the wrong route, I recently did a 3x GPU and CPU setup and I went with Bitspower blocks + Swiftech Apogee XT + 240 + 360..

But with my full stress test of running heaven benchmark + 3 thread CPU prime test, highest temp across the board is 61c, this is acceptable to me.. for now thumb.gif

My point is, do your research and choose what you feel is right, one of the reasons I went to Bitspower is because they are a local company from where I am at and RMA for me takes less than 2 days with them... Read up as much as you can and the rest is up to you.. dont let anyone tell you otherwise because at the end of the day, you are the one staring at your rig everyday.. applaud.gif
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Oh yeah, sub'd as well. I really want to see where this goes. What hardware will you be cooling?
When I saw the same of this build, [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNCNdoM06xQ"]this[/ame] was this first thing I thought of lol
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@ morencyam -- I always thought San Diego DID mean that!!

I have read about the corrosion rumors with EK Nickel plating, but from what I understand, it was only because of harsh additives and chemicals. They have recognized the issue and are correcting it with new blocks (from what I understand).
We won't be using any additives, and are just going the 'natural' route, I guess you could say.

Regardless of this - I still love EK products, and it won't stop us from supporting them. I think a lot of other companies wouldn't have even done anything about it and would have just told people to use different coolant; instead they spent tons of money on research and production of new blocks to fix the problem. I have to give them a thumbs up for that.

We would love to do another round of building with a whole new set of hardware - but for now we are very excited to be using their parts smile.gif

Hopefully everything will be shipped soon, and we can start posting 'glamour' shots!! laugher.gif
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They have put out a new like of nickle plated blocks using a new plating process that's supposed to resolve the problem, but I would still try to avoid nickle if possible. They are also a little bit more expensive than the "faulty" line of nickle plated blocks. All my blocks, cpu and 2 gpu, are from EK and have no complaints whatsoever, mine are all copper though
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If I recall correctly, the problem was that they did not use a process called electroless plating which led to the issue.. or at least that's what the internet mogul told me..

Yes I give them a thumbs up for handling the issue, but not after a whole sleuth of running around pushing blame on customers first, at least that's the feeling I got, maybe I need to get my facts straight.. laugher.gif

For me, if you are going to release a product into the market, ie; water cooling, you should first do research and see what is the majority of the users currently running, which happens to be anti-corrosion, dyes, anti-germicides, and a small percentage of god knows what..

That or they should just put big bold wording on all manuals and product page "using additives or dyes may cause harmful nickel plating corrosion"...

I do love their designs though, I really wanted their blocks, backplates and board block.. next time perhaps ninja.gif

As I said, as long as it makes you happy, then who cares what everyone else says wave2.gif

Waiting for those sexy pics..
Edited by frank anderson - 8/3/11 at 7:45pm
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