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Hi guys/girls

i recently purchased this very unit, i actually just built a new pc, an encounted my first problem, came home to find out that my pc was turned o ff, now i useally leave my pc on 24/7, after many hours trying to diagnose the problem, i finally figured out that it was my water block, the pump packed it in, and would cause my pc to shut down instantly.

Has anyone had any issues with this unit, the reason why i'm asking is because if i sent it back for warranty, i want to know if i have a chance to change to a different brand then i will.

thanks in advance
post #2 of 23
Sounds like something faulty, the motor ought to be able to keep the pump pumping. Why not a hefty Noctua Air cooler? They outperform the h100 whilst costing less.
 
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This is why I stay clear of all AIO coolers. I went through three H100s with poor quality pumps, two made a horrible noise and one barely functioned. The only one I'd buy would be the Swiftech H220 but I don't know if I class that with the rest of the AIO solutions.
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I am also very tried of closed water system you can get leaks and they have pump failure and pump noise

Buy a good air cooler sure it takes up more space but it works and you have to be a total idiot to damage an air cooler

Really dont like those you say that because i have an air cooler my whole PC is ruined
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I can't say for sure if there are wide-spread problems with the CLC units. I would think the failure rates are within reason, otherwise I think we'd be hearing a lot more complaints about them. Granted, there have been some growing pains with some models. I had an H100 before and I had the pump grinding issue that many others had as well. I sent mine in for RMA, but to be honest the whole thing kinda killed my confidence in the unit. I picked up a D14 and couldn't be happier - it's very much on-par with the H100 and is very quiet. thumb.gif

As with any CLC unit, more moving parts = more things to fail. It's up to you if you want that risk.
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I have an h100 and I have had no issues whatsoever. However, I'm curious how you came to the conclusion that your water pump was shutting the PC down? No flame, I'd just like to know what was happening in the event something happens to mine.
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Originally Posted by AndyM95 View Post

This is why I stay clear of all AIO coolers. I went through three H100s with poor quality pumps, two made a horrible noise and one barely functioned. The only one I'd buy would be the Swiftech H220 but I don't know if I class that with the rest of the AIO solutions.

Be careful. If you check the H220 thread, you'll find a great deal of people have had pump problems with these units as well. So far so good for me. Knock on wood! smile.gif
I must point out though that Swiftech has been very prompt about dealing with RMA's concerning these pump problems.thumb.gif
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Personally, I think AIO coolers are pointless. I'm not going to 'watercool' unless it is a completely custom loop, and with the absolute best components. I'm talking about all Bistpower fittings, Crystal Link, dual MCP35X, etc., etc. An AIO is going to give you less performance for your money, especially when compared to the high-end air coolers such as the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Noctua D14, and Silver Arrow. Sure, a custom loop will be much more expensive, but it will be quieter/silent, perform better, and look better than an AIO or a massive heatsink. Sure, I am loving my Phanteks PH-TC14PE; it kept my 3770k @ 5.0gHz 1.41V under 75 degrees C under IntelBurnTest small FFT, while using the stock fans it came with (which are insanely loud, by the way). Air cooling is the way to go. If you have more money, then go complete custom watercooling; don't bother with the crappy AIO CLCs out there.
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Personally, I think AIO coolers are pointless. I'm not going to 'watercool' unless it is a completely custom loop, and with the absolute best components. I'm talking about all Bistpower fittings, Crystal Link, dual MCP35X, etc., etc. An AIO is going to give you less performance for your money, especially when compared to the high-end air coolers such as the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Noctua D14, and Silver Arrow. Sure, a custom loop will be much more expensive, but it will be quieter/silent, perform better, and look better than an AIO or a massive heatsink. Sure, I am loving my Phanteks PH-TC14PE; it kept my 3770k @ 5.0gHz 1.41V under 75 degrees C under IntelBurnTest small FFT, while using the stock fans it came with (which are insanely loud, by the way). Air cooling is the way to go. If you have more money, then go complete custom watercooling; don't bother with the crappy AIO CLCs out there.

I cannot agree with this! AIO's offer a cheaper way into making your system look good. Cause let's be honest, a huge aircooler blocking half of your sidepanel is not what most people consider a good looking build. When no windows are present, then an AIO is a bit of a waste of money. Still not completely a waste, since you won't have a 1,5 kg Empire State Building trying to rip your motherboard of your motherboard tray.

And let's be honest about this as well... Not everyone has 300-500 bucks just sitting around waiting to be used for a full custom watercooling loop. But yet we all want a good looking system, that still performs well. Which is what the AIO's bring to the table.
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Personally, I think AIO coolers are pointless. I'm not going to 'watercool' unless it is a completely custom loop, and with the absolute best components. I'm talking about all Bistpower fittings, Crystal Link, dual MCP35X, etc., etc. An AIO is going to give you less performance for your money, especially when compared to the high-end air coolers such as the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Noctua D14, and Silver Arrow. Sure, a custom loop will be much more expensive, but it will be quieter/silent, perform better, and look better than an AIO or a massive heatsink. Sure, I am loving my Phanteks PH-TC14PE; it kept my 3770k @ 5.0gHz 1.41V under 75 degrees C under IntelBurnTest small FFT, while using the stock fans it came with (which are insanely loud, by the way). Air cooling is the way to go. If you have more money, then go complete custom watercooling; don't bother with the crappy AIO CLCs out there.

H100i on a 3770k here... running at 30c on average in my basement at 4.6GHz. No issues or problems.

Lets summarize the basics. When it comes to building... take your time! Check everything... and check it again. BEFORE hitting the power button. Not flaming anyone... just putting it out there.

Temp basics... location location location! I run my systems in my cold basement. Ambient is a HUGE factor. I try to keep my cpu and gpu idle temps in the 20c-30c temp range. If you're idling there... that's a good start.

I think a lot of these people having temp issues with the AIO class of coolers are running their rigs in warmer locations and expect the same performance as a custom loop. Doesn't work that way. You have to plan your system builds to include the location you will be running it. Factor in all aspects when piecing the components together. The AIO coolers are not for everyone. But for ppl in my shoes.. they work just fine for a basic machine.
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