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Nickel plating a block... "How hard can it be?"

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lol... if you watch Top Gear, you'd laugh.

Anyway... I need to get this block for my board and by default you get it in copper. A nickel version is available for an extra of nearly 40 euros. So... I checked a local business downtown, that specializes in nickel/chrome plating and they told me it's possible to plate the water block with up to 15 microns of thickness. Then, I started inquiring whether 15 microns is the proper amount of thickness or not and the water block manufacturer said "15 is fine". So that's reassuring. However, I also asked EK about this (a bit cynic, yes) and they said that good plating isn't that easy since some areas can get less than the required amount of nickel thickness (which later on, can cause issues, perhaps flaking and corroding). In other words, the plating thickness isn't unified through out the block surface but it mustn't be less than the minimum required (that's what I concluded). So... now I'm debating whether I should spend the extra 40 euros and 'let it be' or go for the local solution which will be expensive as much as 10 euros. All I have to do is polish the copper which I have the tools and capacity to do.

I'd like to hear your opinions/experiences/whatever can contribute to my debate.

Thanks. redface.gif

This is the block:

It's made by German brand called "Liquid Extasy".

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Edited by adi518 - 3/16/13 at 2:49pm
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wow.. where did you find that?.. and who makes it... Is it custom?
I wish more z77 blocks were made.. yeah prolly won't need them.. but it looks nice....
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I didn't know about it too, someone told me. The brand doesn't have a .com domain, they have a .de domain (Germany) so Google won't find it unless you specify the domain.

I believe I mentioned the brand is called "Liquid Extasy". It's not custom, that's a "mass" production product. It appeared on their site for a while but now it's not. However, I'm conversing with the owner for the past couple days and it's going to be officially available in April. Afaik, some guys from the Mpower club already pre-ordered.
Edited by adi518 - 3/16/13 at 2:48pm
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hmm...
So where is this place at?
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I don't have anything to contribute to whether it will work well or not (I personally would spend the extra 40 if you have gone this far) but I do have an opinion on how it will look: absolutely I would do this! I wish I could put a block on my board's chips but it's a tiny micro itx, and the damn vrm's are crammed in between some caps and the cpu.
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Hmm... I'm gonna get it with black acetal. smile.gif
Edited by adi518 - 3/16/13 at 3:36pm
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