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Originally Posted by victorzamora
The difference is normally just a few degrees different between blocks. So, unless you're pushing REALLY hard and that couple degrees matters....I'd keep the board you've got. As far as metals reacting poorly, those seem like they should be fine. Honestly, your whole build looks pretty good (nothing I would tell you to not buy....plus, mostly WC is personal and aesthetic choices). Only question is, why not go ahead and upgrade to D5 and EK140 res now? If you buy cheaper now and then upgrade it'll just be more expensive in the long run. I'd go straight to the upgrade if you see it in your future.
If you do look for another CPU WB, the EK nickel blocks have their crap straightened out....and I'm having pretty good luck with my EK WB (not nickel). They're sexy and they work pretty well. Depending on your build, the Raystorm with an appropriately-colored LED might look phenomenal, too!
For the first question:
I'm not sure if i got space for the D5 and Ek140 res in my HAF 932, that's my biggest concern. I probably gonna have the inlet on the TOP of the reservoir, because of the place of my 360rx radiator. (Can sent a picture if you want)
I'm not much into the EK blocks, don't like thier look, and the mounts seems a bit flimsy compared to ex. XSPC Raystorm or koolance 380I.
But the choice is between these 3: Watercool cpu block, XSPC raystorm and koolance 380I.
The watercool block as i can see only comes with 1366 and 2011 sockets, else i need to order for the 1155 socket instead?.
But people speak well of it, and the restriction should match with the GPU block.
The XSPC raystorm i can get for like 47 euro, so a bit cheap.
Cheap block and nice performance for price.
Great look, well build, but pretty expensive, and looks like it doesn't perform very well on Ivy-bridge and haswell.
EDIT: A Swiftech Apogee HD 4-Port could be a choice to, but don't think it will match the look.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Originally Posted by cyphon
I have to agree with victorzamora, if you plan on upgrading, just go ahead and get the better one. He also suggested looking at the XSPC Raystorm. I love this block (in my current system). Keeps my CPU nice a cool and I OC it quite a lot.
My biggest recommendation for your first build is to buy your big pieces first. Do not worry about the fittings yet. Get all the blocks, your rad, your pump and res in. Set all of that up in your case. Then plan out what fittings you are going to need. Every time I think I have something planned out and buy it all at once, something doesn't work right and I have to put in more orders for other parts.
Also, always buy extra fittings (especially the angle adapters)....can't tell you how many times I have thought, I need 2 90 degrees and then need 3 or 4. And there is another order + shipping.....
I got all the rads, got 2x 360 RX a 240 RX and 120 RX for cheap some years ago.
I do have 12 push on fittings 19/13 and tube for it. I want to get my gpu watercooled, and at the same time i could buy a new cpu block. The XSPC RASA block doesn't perform that well, compared to others.
The angled fittings from alphacool comes with compression fittings on. And gonna need those angled from the pump to gpu - gpu to cpu - cpu to rad.
At least that's the idea.
But that's why i'm asking for some assistance, from some who has build systems before. Sad to get it all ordered, and then it don't match.Edited by grymok - 7/15/13 at 7:00am