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So I have been doing a lot of research on CPU blocks, mainly on Martians site, and I have decided I want an EK CPU block. I have been turning to Frozencpu.com to purchase everything, but on their site they have a lot of options which I need some clarification on. Here is the link to the EK CPU Blocks on the site:

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g57/c603/s1912/list/p1/EK_Products-EK_Blocks_-_CPU-EK_CPU_-_Intel-Page1.html

I'm leaning towards the $72.99 block, but can anyone help me out here? Are the $120 ones worth the money? And I'm not supposed to use nickel unless I have all my components with nickel right? So what about the copper $89.99 block, is that possibly the best?
post #2 of 11
So here is the thing, as far as I know if you get the nickel block it is no big deal as long as the inside that the water sees is copper. I have the ek supremacy copper/acetal and my temps Are pretty great. Radiators are generally copper nad aluminum but make sure of it.
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Mixing copper and Nickel parts is completely fine. All radiators are copper so if it was a problem no Nickel blocks would ever be made.
The inside of the Nickel blocks is plated and does indeed come in contact with the water. Copper will tarnish slightly over time but is easy to clean, nickel is much less prone to that, It does mean you should not use silver in the loop though.
Essentially the differences are only cosmetic. The full metal blocks do not perform significantly differently to the plastic topped models.
The $120 Elite models are full metal and come with a Indigo Extreme TIM kits.

Its just a matter of choosing which one you think will look better with your build.
Edited by Jakusonfire - 6/2/13 at 1:22pm
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That must have been what I read... Silver is what I should avoid... Ok so the differences within the specific models are all cosmedic, but what about the different price ranges?

Also I trying to do an all white build. So I am thinking of getting the black on, using grey primer and painting it white myself. Out of the materials,which would best for this?
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The nickel plated blocks are a little more than the copper blocks, the full metal blocks are more expensive again, and the elite models are the full metal blocks with nickel plated mounting brackets and an Indigo extreme kit included. The Indigo is what makes them so much more expensive.

The black blocks are made with an Acetal top, I have no idea how that would react to being painted. If it was water based paint I doubt it would hurt it but I would contact EK about it first.
The full metal blocks could be painted no problem.

EK usually produces spare tops in different colours for its water blocks. They have made white ones in the past but not yet for the Supremacy.

http://www.ekwb.com/shop/blocks/block-spare-parts/tops/acetal/cpu/top-acetal-supreme-hf-white.html
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I guess I'm not really sure what the indigo extreme kit is? And if its worth the extra money...
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Indigo Extreme is a high performance phase change thermal interface material. It gives great thermal transfer but is more difficult to use than standard thermal paste, and very expensive. It can be bought separately to the CPU block anyway.

http://www.indigo-xtreme.com/
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Is the indigo extreme worth the extra $45 to purchase the CPU block with it? This is my first water cooling loop and I want to do it right, but it almost sounds like its something that costs more than its worth... Like buying ram at higher frequencies... Not worth the cost trade off?
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The Elite blocks are $20 more than the full Nickel block. Indigo extreme costs about $20 for a 2 pack.

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g8/c127/s1707/list/p1/Thermal_Interface-Thermal_Interface_Materials-Indigo_Xtreme_ETI-Page1.html

It works out pretty much exactly the same cost.

Whether it is worth it is up to you ... it will make a difference but is a few degrees worth 10 bucks every time you remount the CPU block.
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Is the indigo extreme worth the extra $45 to purchase the CPU block with it? This is my first water cooling loop and I want to do it right, but it almost sounds like its something that costs more than its worth... Like buying ram at higher frequencies... Not worth the cost trade off?


I would get the cheaper Supremacy, and get CoolLaboratory's Liquid Ultra.

There was some tests I saw a while ago that had CoolLaboratory's Liquid Ultra testing really closely to indigo Xtreme. The weakest point in transferring heat from your CPU to your waterblock is your thermal interface material. For this reason you want something really nice.
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