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I'm going to be building a WCing build soon enough and I'm worried that I will get corrosion or gunk block up and stuff, I've been hearing alot about EK Nickel Plated blocks and corrosion so what CPU block would you suggest and what coolant would you suggest I think I might go with Mayhems Aurora Nebula Blue.

So Far I have been looking at
CPU Block: EK-Supremacy - Acetal or XSPC Raystorm Acetel/Copper
Radiator: EK Coolstream Xtx 360
Tubing: XSPC 1/2" ID 3/4" OD
Fittings: XSPC Compression G1/4 Black Chrome
Reservoir/Pump: EK Bay Dcp 2.2 Pump/Res
Coolant: Mayhems Aurora Nebula Blue
Fans: Gelid Solutions Gelid Wings 120mm

Any other suggestions, or things that I should be aware of please notify me.
~Gawdz
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If you're worried about gunk buildup, you should probably stay away from the Aurora coolants if you're planning on running this system full time. I believe the Aurora line is for show pcs, and are not meant for 24/7 operation. I think Mayhem's pastel line or one of their dyes may be a better option if you're dead-set on having colored coolant. Most WC guru's seem to suggest undyed distilled water with a kill coil or biocide as the best coolant option.

As far as blocks go, EK is fine if you stay away from their nickel-plated blocks. Any of their acetal, acrylic, or full copper models should give you no trouble as far as nickel flaking goes. The other rule of thumb is don't mix aluminum and copper, but I don't think that will be an issue with your proposed setup.

The XSPC tubing is definitely overpriced, IMO, and others have noted that it has plasticizing issues at high temps. If you're using dyed coolant than just get duralene or masterkleer pvc - its much cheaper and performs very well.
    
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I agree with everything Tiger said. Aurora is not meant for long term use and you will have to change the fluid more frequently. I would stick with distilled water with a kill coil and colored tubing for the desired color effect. I would also get the Raystorm over the Supremacy, but this is coming from a CSQ hater lol plus no worries of getting blamed for nickle flaking with the Raystorm. I have no experience with the EK pumps so I can't really voice an opinion one way or another, but an mcp655(D5) is a very good option instead. I've used both mcp350(DDC) and mcp655(D5) and prefer the mcp655 even over dual DDC. I'm running the same XSPC orange tubing I've had since I built my loop over a year ago and haven't had any problems whatsoever with plasticizer
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I agree with everything Tiger said. Aurora is not meant for long term use and you will have to change the fluid more frequently. I would stick with distilled water with a kill coil and colored tubing for the desired color effect. I would also get the Raystorm over the Supremacy, but this is coming from a CSQ hater lol plus no worries of getting blamed for nickle flaking with the Raystorm. I have no experience with the EK pumps so I can't really voice an opinion one way or another, but an mcp655(D5) is a very good option instead. I've used both mcp350(DDC) and mcp655(D5) and prefer the mcp655 even over dual DDC. I'm running the same XSPC orange tubing I've had since I built my loop over a year ago and haven't had any problems whatsoever with plasticizer
+1 for distilled water.
I watch a lot of singularity computer's videos. His guide says that the coolant/liquid doesn't honestly matter too much, unless the coolant is made for a certain situation. Distilled water is cheap, they are non-conductive (IIRC), and with colored tubing, it looks pretty good.
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The only problem is the EK pump comes with a bay res so its a good choice, also would distilled water be good with some drops of mayhems deep blue dye? I just want a nice looking res also a clear water doesn't do much in looks.
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You'd probably be OK with a few drops of the concentrated Mayhems dye. I recall from Tom Logan's review that as little as 3 or 4 drops will color a whole liter pretty completely. My guess is that you may need to replace the water more frequently than if it were pure distilled water, but just keep a close eye on your components (I imagine increasing temps or decreased flow might be pretty telling) and you'll be fine. I'd say definitely do a major checkup after a few months and see if there is any kind of buildup.
    
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You'd probably be OK with a few drops of the concentrated Mayhems dye. I recall from Tom Logan's review that as little as 3 or 4 drops will color a whole liter pretty completely. My guess is that you may need to replace the water more frequently than if it were pure distilled water, but just keep a close eye on your components (I imagine increasing temps or decreased flow might be pretty telling) and you'll be fine. I'd say definitely do a major checkup after a few months and see if there is any kind of buildup.

Oh for sure, I'm not the kind of enthusiast who would build his rig test it and just leave it to run for a few month without checking it.

I will probably be experimenting with the Mayhems Pastel and then later the dye, And the XSPC CPU Block is a high flow block anyway so that should be good.
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Thought you might be interested if you haven't already seen this thread:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1217635/mayhems-aurora-fluid-how-it-compares/30

The OP near the end mentions that he's been running aurora daily (shutting down at night) for 7 months with no problems, and the Mayhems rep claims their machine has gone over a year. Also of note is that they ARE working on a long-term V2 of aurora. I'm sure milage may vary but if you've got a simple loop maybe aurora wouldn't be so bad? I'm going to do some googling to see if anyone has reported damage/gunk from aurora after extended use because if the claims made in that thread are accurate, this might be a nice solution. The aurora coolants are beautiful, after all. I'll post back here if I come up with anything.
    
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Here's a great review - seems very unbiased IMO

http://deviceunknown.com/?p=1375
    
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