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post #1 of 10
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Hey guys new here.. im currently starting my very first water cooling build in the fractal design define s..

My main question is what would be a good pump and res to go with? I want a tube res as i have no drive bays and the looks what im after.. dont love thermaltake and im finind ek hard to source in aus for a reasonable price.

Any suggestions to good sites who sell in aus would be a good start and any tips or advice is always nice.

Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by oldirtmgirt View Post

Hey guys new here.. im currently starting my very first water cooling build in the fractal design define s..

My main question is what would be a good pump and res to go with? I want a tube res as i have no drive bays and the looks what im after.. dont love thermaltake and im finind ek hard to source in aus for a reasonable price.

Any suggestions to good sites who sell in aus would be a good start and any tips or advice is always nice.

Thanks in advance!

It depends on what you are building, how complicated your loop is and how much expansion room you want.

Basically there are 3 that are common to Australian retailers:
SPC-60: Low cost, low noise, easy to install, easy to maintain, sufficient power for small-modest sized loops
DDC 3.2: moderate cost, debateable noise, requires proper airflow at the base to prevent pump from overheating, powerful pressure output
D5: larger sized, high cost, very silent, completely watercooled so no need for airflow support, moderate pressure output.

If you are a newbie with a modest loop, I recommend the SPC-60 pump that Pccasegear, PLE or Scorptec will carry (usually $80-$90 AUS). It is very well priced and comes with its own reservoir as well.

The next step up is a D5 pump but the pump-res combo will set you back at least $150 unless you can scrounge around gumtree for a 2nd hand reservoir (it is literally just a tube with 2 holes) thus allowing you to buy the $100 standalone D5/DDC pumps.

DDCs are a bit more advanced because you have to be comfortable with disassembling them and using aftermarket heatsinks etc etc because they have a tendency to overheat if they don't get enough airflow at the base.
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Originally Posted by oldirtmgirt View Post

Hey guys new here.. im currently starting my very first water cooling build in the fractal design define s..

My main question is what would be a good pump and res to go with? I want a tube res as i have no drive bays and the looks what im after.. dont love thermaltake and im finind ek hard to source in aus for a reasonable price.

Any suggestions to good sites who sell in aus would be a good start and any tips or advice is always nice.

Thanks in advance!
PCcasegear is probably your best bet for water cooling gear in Australia in terms of availability and range, considering you are using a relatively small case something like an EK D5 res/pump combo is most likely going to be suitable as it is simple and quite compact. EK stuff from their web store is pretty much the same price as PCcasegear, my current water cooled setup was all supplied by PCcasegear their service is really good smile.gif See below for pump/res that Im referring too smile.gif

Edited by scracy - 9/19/17 at 11:08pm
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PCcasegear is probably your best bet for water cooling gear in Australia in terms of availability and range, considering you are using a relatively small case something like an EK D5 res/pump combo is most likely going to be suitable as it is simple and quite compact. EK stuff from their web store is pretty much the same price as PCcasegear, my current water cooled setup was all supplied by PCcasegear their service is really good smile.gif See below for pump/res that Im referring too smile.gif

Yeah im really interested in that exact pump res but they dont have the sleeved model im after and they want 55$ for another bigger res.. im currently tryin through ek direct but there price in store is like 165ish but when i add to basket it goes up to 199$!! both have the "A" next to them so i assume they are both in aud.. plus it says up the top aussie dollar?? so d5 is the way to go by the sounds of things?
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Originally Posted by oldirtmgirt View Post

Yeah im really interested in that exact pump res but they dont have the sleeved model im after and they want 55$ for another bigger res.. im currently tryin through ek direct but there price in store is like 165ish but when i add to basket it goes up to 199$!! both have the "A" next to them so i assume they are both in aud.. plus it says up the top aussie dollar?? so d5 is the way to go by the sounds of things?
Honestly a D5 is the way to go unless you need more head pressure, my D5 has a 240mm plus 360mm radiator, 2 graphics cards plus CPU and VRM block and has plenty of head pressure above all else it is very very quiet smile.gif Any reason why you want a bigger res? Just tried EKWB store they are adding tax of $36 to the item not sure why perhaps its because of imports into Australia are now all taxed even if under $1000 mad.gif
Edited by scracy - 9/20/17 at 12:04am
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Honestly a D5 is the way to go unless you need more head pressure, my D5 has a 240mm plus 360mm radiator, 2 graphics cards plus CPU and VRM block and has plenty of head pressure above all else it is very very quiet smile.gif Any reason why you want a bigger res? Just tried EKWB store they are adding tax of $36 to the item not sure why perhaps its because of imports into Australia are now all taxed even if under $1000 mad.gif

just want the bigger res purely for looks to be honest.. yeah i guess ill just have to pay the pccasegear price.. i just really wanted the sleaved cables.. could just try it my self i guess haha.. its a shame aus doesnt have more pc enthusiast sites/stores D: thanks heaps for the advice
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just want the bigger res purely for looks to be honest.. yeah i guess ill just have to pay the pccasegear price.. i just really wanted the sleaved cables.. could just try it my self i guess haha.. its a shame aus doesnt have more pc enthusiast sites/stores D: thanks heaps for the advice
No problem you can always sleeve the cables yourself, that's all I did on mine smile.gif
post #8 of 10
The range of water cooling gear available has varied wildly over the last few years.
We used to have a specialty store but they closed. Pccasegear is really it and what they have depends on how long ago they restocked. It's better now than it has been in the past believe it or not.
There is also an eBay seller with limited Chinese stuff. Mydiyau is the name.
Buying direct from overseas is always more costly because of the postage costs but you can at least get exactly what you want. I have bought from EK and from performancepcs when needing specific things that aren't likely to come in on their own. On the other hand there have been cases where if i had been patient things did actually show up like casegear brought in some Aquaeros and accessories after I ordered a bunch from the US.

Second hand on eBay can be good and the for sale/trade thread on the overclockers Australia forum too. Water gear does not hold its value very well so bargains can be had.

Get yourself a d5 and be thankful they have one. There have been times when they couldn't be found. Sleeving a d5 is extremely easy because the back of the pump just pops off. At the moment they seem to only have the 150 size tube for EK res
https://www.pccasegear.com/products/38115/ek-res-x3-tube-150-104mm
They normally have the full range of spare tube lengths so I would recommend asking about when they could get you one if you want a larger res. You certainly shouldn't have to buy a whole larger res just to get the longer tube
Edited by Ashcroft - 9/20/17 at 4:12am
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The range of water cooling gear available has varied wildly over the last few years.
We used to have a specialty store but they closed. Pccasegear is really it and what they have depends on how long ago they restocked. It's better now than it has been in the past believe it or not.
There is also an eBay seller with limited Chinese stuff.
Buying direct from overseas is always more costly because of the postage costs but you can at least get exactly what you want.

Second hand on eBay can be good and the for sale/trade thread on the overclockers Australia forum too. Water gear does not hold its value very well so bargains can be had.

Get yourself a d5 and be thankful they have one. Sleeving a d5 is extremely easy because the back of the pump just pops off.
Which was the main reason why I used EK products throughout my loop, easy in Australia to get relative to other brands, also PCcasegear is around the corner from me biggrin.gif
post #10 of 10
You can always check on aliexpress for watercooling parts. Should be cheaper but you'll need to wait at least a month for it to ship.
If your luckly with good sellers and air shipping or aliexpress shipping then you'll wait for 2 weeks.
SC600 is the pump largly avilble in china
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