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Opinion on watercooling kits?

Poll Results: Whcih water cooler would you guys recommend?

 
  • 11% (1)
    Swiftech H240x (With Noctua NF-A14s)
  • 55% (5)
    EK Predator 240 (With included vardar fans)
  • 33% (3)
    Something else
9 Total Votes  
post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I recently ordered the Air 540 case to refresh my build. I also sold my old H100i cpu cooler because I wanted something better for my i7 4790k.
So its come down to two choices of water coolers. Either the Swiftech 240x (with Noctua NF-A14 fans perhaps?) or the EK Predator 240. (with the vardar fans included)
The reason i chose these two is that I want to expand my water cooling kit and maybe watercool my pair of two GTX 780s.
What do you guys think? biggrin.gif
post #2 of 15
I believe the predator has a better pump. I have the swiftech and the pump died within 6 months. I replaced the swiftech pump with the mcp50x though after the pump died
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ohh, that sucks... You might have gotten a bad unit though, but thats just a guess. In my country the Predator 240 costs about 55usd more than the H240x. Thats why I'm adding custom fans to the H240X if i'm getting that model. From what I've read the performance is very similar so its a tough choice..
post #4 of 15
My spouses rig has the H220X. Had it for about a year. No issues what so ever almost running 24/7. I do like the design of the EK Predator. Don't worry about the fans. Just get whatever is cheaper or more is inline with you rig looks. Matter fact, I might seel the H220x and get a predator 360 lol.
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post #5 of 15
I think no matter which brand you go with with the AIO setups there is a risk of getting a bad unit. They all make lemons it seems. Predator is a nice looking unit and very compact with quality parts. But I went through two units and decided to just go back to a custom loop. While you might spend more money to do so, I feel its more than worth it to go that route.

Some places like Dazmode offer starter kits https://www.dazmode.com/store/category/triple-radiator-kits/ that offer pretty damn good value to start out with. EK also does a similar kit using their parts which is also great start.


good luck with whichever you decided.
Edited by Jokesterwild - 2/28/16 at 9:52am
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
I too like the look of the Predator. I also love the PWM control thats built in to the Predator as well. Only downside is the price and complaints i've read about the noise level..
post #7 of 15
There is the new Swiftech h240x2
There is also the EK predator rev 1.1

You should choose between these two instead but they might not be available where you are at though.
You could aos just buy the 360 versions and won't have to worry about expanding to mroe rads.
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions Jokesterwild and everyone else. Unfortunately the "build it yourself" kits are way too expensive in my country so I'm going with these expendable AIO's.
I thought about getting the H240-X2 but its nowhere to be found in my country at all. I even contacted Swiftech about it but they only told me "they'll look into it"... That was over a month ago with no further answer. I haven't seen the Rev 1.1 being available here either but I'm not sure of what the differences are between the Rev.1.0 and the Rev.1.1 anyways..
I also don't think my case can fit most 360mm radiators, especially not the thick ones including in the Predator kits..
Edited by MrKittens - 2/28/16 at 10:33am
post #9 of 15
I was going to say the same thing as Jokesterwild.. Why someone would buy the Predator instead for example one of the custom kits from EKWB if you need sth upgradable ?

The EK-KIT L240 is just 15 euro more expensive than the Predator in EKWB website..unless it is a much greater money difference where you are going to buy from
Edited by Frantik3 - 3/1/16 at 5:05am
post #10 of 15
Some of the original Predators had leaking issues, so be wary of that, but if yours leaks I believe EK is replacing them for free. If you can't go a custom kit I would do the Predator mainly because of the pump and already has the Vardars.
 
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