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As said in my other thread I'm starting to look seriously into water cooling my new build. The problem is that I don't know much about the different companies out there and who makes the best quality water materials. I was looking at Danger Den but they seem kind of cheap. I was also looking at EK water blocks but they're based out of Europe and it will probably cost a ton of money for international shipping. I'm also not crazy that its coming from oversea's thats alot of money worth of equipment and coming from that far it seems more likely to get lost or broken. So who makes the best water cooling equipment here in North America?
     
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As said in my other thread I'm starting to look seriously into water cooling my new build. The problem is that I don't know much about the different companies out there and who makes the best quality water materials. I was looking at Danger Den but they seem kind of cheap. I was also looking at EK water blocks but they're based out of Europe and it will probably cost a ton of money for international shipping. I'm also not crazy that its coming from oversea's thats alot of money worth of equipment and coming from that far it seems more likely to get lost or broken. So who makes the best water cooling equipment here in North America?
Vendors like Performance-pcs.com sell EK products, just because they're based out of Europe doesn't mean you have to order directly from them. The best company as far as customer support and willingness to listen to their customers is by far XSPC. They're a great company and I will always recommend their products. Swiftech is basically a must for pumps though, unless you go with Laing pumps, which Swiftech pumps are just renamed Laing's.
    
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nobody really makes any watercooling stuff in america, you just buy through resellers frozencpu, dazmode, etc.
as for brand wise ek has been iffy on there nickel products lately, there copper parts are fine, then there is watercool, xspc, aquacomputer and koolance.
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XSPC gets my vote for best parts, and Swiftech pumps.
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As said in my other thread I'm starting to look seriously into water cooling my new build. The problem is that I don't know much about the different companies out there and who makes the best quality water materials. I was looking at Danger Den but they seem kind of cheap. I was also looking at EK water blocks but they're based out of Europe and it will probably cost a ton of money for international shipping. I'm also not crazy that its coming from oversea's thats alot of money worth of equipment and coming from that far it seems more likely to get lost or broken. So who makes the best water cooling equipment here in North America?
Top 3:

1. Craigco
2. Kenford
3. Audiovox

j/k to each their own. I personally like:

ek (even with the plating drama) for cpu, chipset and vid blocks
bitspower - compression fittings, pump tops and cool reservoirs
Koolance for their cool dual pump res and their QDC's
Heatlabs for their good rads
MIPS for their nice ramblock or Bitspowers new ramfreezer
355/655 pumps of almost any flavor

The list goes on. The top end stuff varies when compared to each other but IMO the differences aren't enough to make it difficult to choose. At the end of the day all high end stuff being relatively close in performance I use price as my guide. lol, you'll never catch me buying a $200 cpu block.......ever. For $600 more, I can goto phase change vs a waterblock that is 1/4 cost of a new phase change unit!?!?
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XSPC. Bitspower. Koolance. Swiftech. Aquacomputer. DD isn't bad, but it's not top quality like those. EK was the king, up until about 5 or so months ago. Now they have just have a ton of degrading problems.
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nobody really makes any watercooling stuff in america, you just buy through resellers frozencpu, dazmode, etc.
as for brand wise ek has been iffy on there nickel products lately, there copper parts are fine, then there is watercool, xspc, aquacomputer and koolance.
Glad I asked because the nickel coated cpu water block is what I was looking at. Whats wrong with them, do they have problems with effective cooling or corrosion?
     
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umm...for a cpu block..it's the raystorm.bar none.gpu..eh..i use aftermarket air sinks..but the raystorm=best i know of for now
 
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Glad I asked because the nickel coated cpu water block is what I was looking at. Whats wrong with them, do they have problems with effective cooling or corrosion?
For a waterblock first of all go with the XSPC Raystorm. Best waterblock on the market right now. As for EK they've been having a lot of problems with corrosion.
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Glad I asked because the nickel coated cpu water block is what I was looking at. Whats wrong with them, do they have problems with effective cooling or corrosion?
ek has been having issues with corrosion of nickel plating as of late, which someone just posted above actually.
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