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I'm using mostly copper elements in my loop and I've been really successful with Aquacomputer DP ultra, I have run it for 2 years before flushing and blocks were all pristine like they were just purchased
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Nope, no emperical evidence that it doesn't. But a quality plating simply should not allow the breakdown of the surface beneath it.

If it flakes then it's not a quality plating and I would suggest warranty as well as dropping the coil. Good bet the replacement quality will be just as bad.

Now that said, it's a good idea to avoid it from the beginning. But if we do that with everything (pt nuke etc) then manufacturers will continue to push substandard product on us and knockoff artists will take advantage of that. Knockoffs are the things that should fail, not the real Mccoy.

~Ceadder smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif
I get that, I've seen people have flaking issues while using proper coolants and no silver, that is why I avoid nickel blocks entirely. I know it's not always the silver to blame but if someone is having issues then its definitely a good place to start. There are so many parts in a loop, radiators usually have trace amount of soldering/brazing materials so I always want anti corrosives in my loop.

I don't see manufacturers changing anything though, only thing I see is more and more nickel plating and testing of RMA's for presence of silver in flaking blocks. Some brands are really bad about pointing blame to everyone but themselves when it comes to part failure... I'm sure some of you know what I'm talking about

I would think manufacturers would be wanting to avoid nickel plating, instead of abandoning the copper option almost entirely (looking at you EK..) That's alright, I like Watercool's 1080Ti block more anyways thumb.gif
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I have Monsoon fittings so I don't use additives. Just plain distilled water.

But good luck going with a full copper setup. EK is only dropping a Nickel Monoblock for the CVIHero. Shoot they aren't even gonna give me a choice between Acrylic and Acetal. So I will get it and strip it to bare copper or run it til it flakes and then strip it. Likely strip it prior to running it cause I don't want nickel flakes trashing my loop. rolleyes.gif

Don't get me wrong, I love EK. But I have to shake my head when confronted with business choices such as limiting a release to only one option. My 480 block is copper. My RAM block is copper. My CPU blocks are copper. Shoot everything I own is copper, other than the MB block I have on my sig rig. And that too was because EK chose only to release in Copper. I'm going Ryzen now so choice is limited for what I can run. doh.gif

~Ceadder smil3dbd4e4c2e742.gif

Which is why I'm moving away from EK somewhat. love what they have with their blocks being fairly easy to orient as you want, but there has been a shift towards a larger focus on nickel plated blocks and coloured acrylic. Rather than offer the classic blocks of yesteryear with copper and acetal. I can still get what I want with EK, but that is only because I don't use any specialized blocks. I only run a simple CPU block and a GPU block (currently universal, but that will change with my next purchase). I have been eyeing the Aquacomputer Kryos blocks as those are just nothing but sexy copper all over, though their forum reps might make me consider Watercool instead (still good looking blocks, they just have more steel on them than I like).

If everything goes to plan though, then I'll also swap out my Primochill Advanced LRT for nothing but pure copper pipes in all the visible areas of my case. Though that is going to completely redefine the theme of my build, I'm actually looking forward to redoing it in an Art-Deco style with either forced corrosion on the copper or just polished. At the very least I'm moving away from my chrome and nickel plated theme.
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Trying to figure out my best option for combining my d5 pump with a reservoir. narrowed it down to my favorite two just wanted see if any one has any experience with them especially the second one.

PrimoChill CTR
https://www.primochill.com/collections/pump-enabled/products/primochill-ctr-hard-mount-phase-ii-high-flow-d5-enabled-reservoir-system-240mm

Singularity Computers Protium with the d5 pump top they have
https://www.singularitycomputers.com/shop/watercooling/protium-medium-200mm-black-acetyl/
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I get that, I've seen people have flaking issues while using proper coolants and no silver, that is why I avoid nickel blocks entirely. I know it's not always the silver to blame but if someone is having issues then its definitely a good place to start. There are so many parts in a loop, radiators usually have trace amount of soldering/brazing materials so I always want anti corrosives in my loop.

I don't see manufacturers changing anything though, only thing I see is more and more nickel plating and testing of RMA's for presence of silver in flaking blocks. Some brands are really bad about pointing blame to everyone but themselves when it comes to part failure... I'm sure some of you know what I'm talking about

I would think manufacturers would be wanting to avoid nickel plating, instead of abandoning the copper option almost entirely (looking at you EK..) That's alright, I like Watercool's 1080Ti block more anyways thumb.gif

 

Are you suggesting to avoid Nickel-plated blocks? I'm not decided as to what CPU and GPU block will I need to buy for my next build so might as well ask here.

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Are you suggesting to avoid Nickel-plated blocks? I'm not decided as to what CPU and GPU block will I need to buy for my next build so might as well ask here.
I wouldn't say I'm suggesting to avoid it entirely, but I personally prefer copper. Less possible issues and I actually just think it looks better too. I'm sure very few people have issues with nickel plating, I just don't want to be one of them.

If I wanted the aesthetic it provided then I'd use it
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Are you suggesting to avoid Nickel-plated blocks? I'm not decided as to what CPU and GPU block will I need to buy for my next build so might as well ask here.

Is really rare that the nickel plated block fails, i seen only a couple of times on some EKWB blocks but seems they manage to fix that problem. But i still recommend just for simplicity go with cooper based waterblocks

Is easy to remove nickel plating from metal in case of failure, just need a battery and sulfuric acid 50% and destiled water 50%, in less than minute you have the piece completely clean. I never tried with nickel plated cooper pieces just with guns parts rolleyes.gif
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Trying to figure out my best option for combining my d5 pump with a reservoir. narrowed it down to my favorite two just wanted see if any one has any experience with them especially the second one.

PrimoChill CTR
https://www.primochill.com/collections/pump-enabled/products/primochill-ctr-hard-mount-phase-ii-high-flow-d5-enabled-reservoir-system-240mm

Singularity Computers Protium with the d5 pump top they have
https://www.singularitycomputers.com/shop/watercooling/protium-medium-200mm-black-acetyl/

The singularity res looks really good and you can bet anything from them is high quality. Check his youtube channel for some detailed reviews and builds if you haven't already.
I haven't used the ctr before, but I've heard some people have issues getting the caps to seal right.
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Opinions on layout please!

I am a woodworker, with a side of overclocker. I had a job with reclaimed hardwood, and i took home the scraps. I have had enough large cases to know that I always wanted to seperate the cooling into a floor stand. So I built this, but I am unsure of how i want to lay out the parts. This is only going to be a 240 and 480. Which is plenty for HEDT+2GPUs imo. This is what I came up with for the layout. I will be plunge routing in all of the components. Hardline eventually.

Edit: decided on a layout myself. Cut in the first rad. Burned out the motor in my router in the process, finoshed up with a trim router. Guess i get to buy a new one smile.gif Finally can justify the festool router!

Edited by inedenimadam - 4/30/17 at 7:11pm
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Just started this build for my wife, aka fb killer, aka get my wife off my gaming rig so i can use it lol. Had some old parts laying around so this will be a sandy xeon build with an old zotac h67 and 2x2 corsair dominator. Havent decided on gpu yet but as its a xeon ill be throwing in a 6770 i had in the closet for now. Just need the rad, hard lines and atx pins to get here. Was supposed to get here yesterday "thanks usps". Maybe monday now. So far just have lighting wired/sleeved and the block, ram and heat sinks painted. Going uv with green under mobo. Seems fitting for a sandy build. Cant wait to hardline with this little case.
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