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After just noticing the thread about EK blocks and the nickel problem I thought I had better ask what block I should get to avoid any kind of corrosion in the future on my expensive blocks, I *was* looking at this one:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ek-supremacy-acetal-plus-nickel-universal-water-block

But now anything nickel = bad???

I was also going to buy this aswell for my motherboard cooling but it has nickel aswell:
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/ek-fb-kit-asus-m5f-acetal-plus-nickel-for-asus-maximus-v-formula

any other options there?

thanks and +reps in advance frown.gif
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I know a lot of people like to go with the XSPC Raystorms. I am going to order one in a couple of weeks.
 
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Nickel isn't bad...most issues with plating have been resolved.

Koolance 380 is probably still the top dog. XSPC Raystorm and Apogee HD are still great too.


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http://www.xtremerigs.net/reviews/water-cooling/2012-cpu-water-block-roundup/
 
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post #4 of 16
On the newer nickel EK Supremacy model, the one linked, the "flaking" issue should no longer be a problem.

If you stick with all nickel blocks in your loop you shouldn't have to worry about corrosion, any more than you would in an all copper block loop.
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As others have said, there shouldn't be any issues with any nickel-plated EK products that are in the CSQ series of products. Supremacy especially.

Personally I'd say Swiftech Apogee HD or EK Supremacy. Great performance and no-frills mounting.

At the end of the day, any of the top blocks are close enough in performance that the differences won't be tangible in real world numbers. Don't be afraid to pick one based on aesthetics, and ease of mounting is huge.
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Solid set of blocks. You'll be fine. Keeping the blocks matching to me would be more important than a 1c difference at that point.
 
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Solid set of blocks. You'll be fine. Keeping the blocks matching to me would be more important than a 1c difference at that point.

Gotcha. Thanks.

Edit: Quick question regarding tubing size rather than making a new thread, I currently use 1/2 ID 3/4 OD tubing in my loop but i'm planning on adding a second GPU, another radiatior and cooling the motherboard mosfets/southbridge, I don't think the tubing will be able to handle so many tight bends, what's the second most commonly used size tubing that is thinner and will bend easier? is it 3/8″ ID by 5/8″ OD (1/8″ Wall Thickness)? and for that I just need the same G1/4" fittings I have now except the size listed should be 3/8″ ID by 5/8″ OD? (compression fittings)
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Gotcha. Thanks.
Edit: Quick question regarding tubing size rather than making a new thread, I currently use 1/2 ID 3/4 OD tubing in my loop but i'm planning on adding a second GPU, another radiatior and cooling the motherboard mosfets/southbridge, I don't think the tubing will be able to handle so many tight bends, what's the second most commonly used size tubing that is thinner and will bend easier? is it 3/8″ ID by 5/8″ OD (1/8″ Wall Thickness)? and for that I just need the same G1/4" fittings I have now except the size listed should be 3/8″ ID by 5/8″ OD? (compression fittings)

Generally speaking just getting a thicker wall in general. But you could also get stuff like this: http://koolance.com/tubing-spring-wrap-steel-black-for-od-13mm-1-2in

come in different size/colors as well.
 
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Well, i'm planning on using the new primochill tubing whenever I can get my hands on it, it comes in these sizes:

1/2″ ID by 3/4″ OD (1/8″ Wall Thickness)
3/8″ ID by 5/8″ OD (1/8″ Wall Thickness)
7/16″ ID by 5/8″ OD (3/32″ Wall Thickness)
3/8″ ID by 1/2″ OD (1/16″ Wall Thickness)

The LRT tubing I use now is:

1/2" (13mm) Inner Diameter
3/4" (19mm) Outer Diameter
1/4" (3mm) Wall Thickness

so you're saying that if I get the same sized new tubing with the thicker wall they should do tighter bends better? if so, great, because that will save me a ****ton of money on buying a new set of compression fittings for my whole loop.
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