Originally Posted by INCREDIBLEHULK
I feel stupid putting together the "metals" you shouldnt mix... isn't this the same as me using an aluminum radiator with a copper waterblock ?
maintenance is one thing man... losing $1000 because you mixed metals and corroded everything inside all your blocks is another... i feel like a moron buying $1000 worth of stuff and spending $200 one part that will ruin them alll.... its like pouring milk into your gas tank
Aluminum and copper is a big no no. Nickel and copper are noble metals and will not suffer as fast.
Remember when I was telling you to get blocks that are rated for high flow? Good flow and clean water help slow down corrosion.
Corrosion is going to happen. No way you can avoid it. I'm sure I told you in PM or in one of your threads that an all copper block with high flow was the best choice. I have given you lots of good advice.
Read this... http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?280762-Silver-and-nickel-don-t-mix&p=5098224&viewfull=1#post5098224
You are not going to destroy your hardware over night. Build your system and enjoy it and keep a close eye on your water quality and do some maintenance as needed. Big problem with tubing is plasitcides which will clog up the tubing and you will think your water is nasty but you have a reservoir which should show clarity of water.
Water cooling isn't meant to last forever. Most self contained water coolers are only warrantied for 1 year and most water block warranties are only for 1 year as well. This stuff isn't built to last forever.
Quit worrying and enjoy your build. I have ran nickel plated heat killer blocks with copper and distilled water over the last 2 years and my hardware has lasted. I sold my GTX 470 with nickel plated heat killer block for a fair price and bought a HD7950 and Heatkiller nickel plated block and my stuff is holding up fine.
Be mindful of what you are doing and pay attention to stuff that has been presented you. I have shared alot of good info with you and so have others and for a first time build I think you are doing well. Quit worrying so much.
If you don't want your nickel plated block then exchange it and take a hit on the restocking fee and see if vendor can give you a good deal on a different all copper block that you will feel safe with.
I recommend the EK all copper block to you. I think that one will have good flow and will have a good chance of working out well. They have good reputation for proper fitment. Just stay away from EK nickel plating... (I told you that before as well).
For the record my next block for new card will be all copper as well, I haven't had any problems with the nickel plating on my heat killers but I read way too many threads about people having problems with nickel plating. STill its not all bad for everyone. I haven't had any problems. I would enjoy what you have and plan on a new video card upgrade and block in a year or so when some new kick ass hardware comes out and then make your move to copper block for the new card. (this is what I am doing)Edited by SonDa5 - 4/2/13 at 10:22pm