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I have read many reviews on the different brands of waterblocks. I like the XSPC stuff and had planned my build using those and putting the red leds in instead of the blue. Issue I rethought about is I want to keep as clean looking wires and the least amount as possible from showing. If I go with XSPC since I will be having my cpu, ram x2, motherboard and gpu x2 blocks thats alot of wires to try and manage to try and keep the wires I have to see to the minimum. Should I go with the EK blocks with the acrylic tops but I have heard lots of horrior stories about the manufactoring process and how it breaks down and gunks up your loop etc or cracking issues. I was hoping OCN members who have gone this same route could give some insight on there thoughts, experiences, and suggestions so that I may make a great Corsair 900D build without having issues down the road. Thank you all for your help.
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Ek or heatkiller, not a fan of anything XSPC. Low quality....

Ek has fixed all their plating issues, that's in the past and blow out of proportion.
Edited by huhh - 7/9/13 at 8:47pm
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Ek or heatkiller, not a fan of anything XSPC. Low quality....

Ek has fixed all their plating issues, that's in the past and blow out of proportion.

Thank you that's good to know then I will probably use EK then.
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Originally Posted by doctakedooty View Post

I have read many reviews on the different brands of waterblocks. I like the XSPC stuff and had planned my build using those and putting the red leds in instead of the blue. Issue I rethought about is I want to keep as clean looking wires and the least amount as possible from showing. If I go with XSPC since I will be having my cpu, ram x2, motherboard and gpu x2 blocks thats alot of wires to try and manage to try and keep the wires I have to see to the minimum. Should I go with the EK blocks with the acrylic tops but I have heard lots of horrior stories about the manufactoring process and how it breaks down and gunks up your loop etc or cracking issues. I was hoping OCN members who have gone this same route could give some insight on there thoughts, experiences, and suggestions so that I may make a great Corsair 900D build without having issues down the road. Thank you all for your help.



If you're looking for aesthetics and/or a good price/performance block go with the XSPC Raystorm (They have really poor mounting hardware, so be aware of that. If you're going for ease of setup, go with either Swiftech Apogee HD or Swiftech Apogee XT. They have the best/most constant mounts. If you want performance and aesthetics go with the EK Supremacy, or if you JUST want performance go with the Heatkiller Rev.3. Keep in mind, the EK Supremacy isn't a cheap block, but you get what you pay for. tongue.gif
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The XSPC blocks are fine. Mounting on the raystom may be bad in comparison to other blocks, however it's much much better than any air cooler I have installed.

Aesthetics come down to the user. The ray storm is a very nice block for the price. Hard to beat.
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The XSPC blocks are fine. Mounting on the raystom may be bad in comparison to other blocks, however it's much much better than any air cooler I have installed.

Aesthetics come down to the user. The ray storm is a very nice block for the price. Hard to beat.

Yeah and their GPU blocks don't provide active cooling, even though they advertise them as a "Full Cover Block". Milling marks, crappy milling inside the block. They are cheaper than the competition because they are cheaper quality.
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So ek would be the best to go I want performance but them to look good so here's another question who makes the best low rpm radiators that allow great cooling but still allow silence.
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So ek would be the best to go I want performance but them to look good so here's another question who makes the best low rpm radiators that allow great cooling but still allow silence.

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=173028
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