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DDC pumps to use with a Swiftech MCP35x2 top

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Hey guys!

Looking around at a local store I was able to dig up a reeeaaaally cheap MCP35x2 top and I acquired it, thinking about some high restriction scenarios I might have to work with in the near future. Question is: I have easy/relatively cheap access to EK DDC pumps, both 3.2 (PWM https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-ddc-3-2-pwm-laing-ddc-3-2-pwm) and 3.25 (not PWM https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-ddc-3-25-laing-ddc-3-25) and some EK DDC Housing Heatsinks (https://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-ddc-heatsink-cover-black). How good of an idea it would be to mix up EK DDC pumps (that they state on their website to not guarantee compatibility with other manufacturer's tops, or as they call, volutes) with this MCP35x2 top?

Adding on the last question, has anybody tried to use 2 single pump housing heatsinks from the link above on a MCP35x2 or any other dual DDC top? If I'm not mistaken, these heatsink housings have pretty much the same dimensions as stock DDC plastic housings, but I can't help to wonder if any increased dimensions to the housings might make it impossible to put 2 of them side by side and attached to a MCP35x2 top or any other kind of dual DDC top, really.

And maybe a quick DDC round up here: I hear that PWM controlling DDC is the real deal, so maybe the additional features and specs the EK 3.25 offer are not really appealing to me, as the ones I have access to are not PWM. Do you guys think that 2 EK 3.2's PWM + MCP35x2 top would be the way to go here? How do the EK 3.2 from the link above compare to Swiftech MCP35x (the pump that this top was originally designed to work with, that also has PWM control and stuff)?

Sorry for lot's of complicated questions... I already searched up the internet looking for something that could give me a light here and all I found was this guy back in 2012 using a couple of Koolance housing heatsinks on the two stock MCP35x's that already come bundled with the MCP35x2 pump combo, but still I feel that these questions have been answered/asked before.

Anyways, thank you guys fo the help,
Cheers from Brazil!
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Hi edulpn,

I have actually used the EK 3.2 pumps with a Swiftech MCP35X2 top - No problem at all.

If you can, use the PWM variants as they can then be controlled rather than having them run flat out.

Not sure of the heatsink - you may also run into an issue with the screws that are supplied with the top as you must use them and they may not suit the heatsink.
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@Costas awesome man! Yeah, I'll go with the PWM variant, then. If the EK 3.2's work fine with the MCP35x2 top, I'll probably choose them... Cheaper then the MCP35x, also PWM controlled and better declared specs. About the housing, I'll probably go with the Swiftech one (http://www.performance-pcs.com/new-swiftech-mcp35x2-series-heat-sink.html)

Thanks again for helping!
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