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I could also use some advice on some watercooling components. The main problem is that they will have to withstand sub-zero temps, so all watercooling components must be very durable and all-metal (no acrylic!).

Here is a Google spreadsheet I put together with some of the watercooling components and a few notes. Please feel free to criticize and suggest new parts as I am not 100% confident on this.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...hl=en_US#gid=0

Thanks guys. I could use some help from those watercooling guru's out there.
    
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I could also use some advice on some watercooling components. The main problem is that they will have to withstand sub-zero temps, so all watercooling components must be very durable and all-metal (no acrylic!).

Here is a Google spreadsheet I put together with some of the watercooling components and a few notes. Please feel free to criticize and suggest new parts as I am not 100% confident on this.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...hl=en_US#gid=0

Thanks guys. I could use some help from those watercooling guru's out there.
Don't go EK, lots of nickel plating issues. Fixed in the newer versions, but you never know.
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post #1413 of 1552
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Don't go EK, lots of nickel plating issues. Fixed in the newer versions, but you never know.
I was thinking that I could get get an EK block pretty cheaply because of that reason - everyone is afraid to buy their stuff even after they fixed the issue. Maybe I should play it completely safe though... Do you have any suggestions for blocks with comparable performance? Thanks Citra.
    
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post #1414 of 1552
I'm pretty sure Koolance makes some of the best waterblocks and they are 100% metal for most of them. There's also Danger Den, Swiftech, Aquacomputer and there's also this one:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30178

There's a plastic cover on it but I believe the block itself is 100% chrome-plated copper but I don't know if the external plastic part will be an issue. It's really pretty too

Also, the CPU-370 performs better than the supreme HF. For the fittings, Bitspower makes the best ones. Avoid the enzotech, feser and maybe EK ones at all cost, they are extremly prone to leaks. For the tubing 1/2 ID will give you better flow in general and it's pretty much only available for 3/4 OD and that's the OD of most 1/2 ID compressions. Feel free to ask Juggalo or someone in the extreme cooling sections. Juggalo is the best for watercooling and the guys in the extreme cooling sections are the masters of phase change and sub-zero in general.

Good luck!
Edited by Snowmen - 8/12/11 at 8:59pm
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This is a freakin sweet build OP. I'm jelly!
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Take a look at Aquacomputer and Heatkiller blocks too. AC blocks are pricy, but they are very high quality. Heatkiller blocks are also solid options. Also, for your motherboard, there is full cover mips block iirc, which is a very good option. As for tubing size, performance differences are minimal, and it is mostly about looks. I prefer 1/2 in tubing, but many people like smaller tubing

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post #1418 of 1552
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I'm pretty sure Koolance makes some of the best waterblocks and they are 100% metal for most of them. There's also Danger Den, Swiftech, Aquacomputer and there's also this one:

http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ducts_id=30178

There's a plastic cover on it but I believe the block itself is 100% chrome-plated copper but I don't know if the external plastic part will be an issue. It's really pretty too

Also, the CPU-370 performs better than the supreme HF. For the fittings, Bitspower makes the best ones. Avoid the enzotech, feser and maybe EK ones at all cost, they are extremly prone to leaks. For the tubing 1/2 ID will give you better flow in general and it's pretty much only available for 3/4 OD and that's the OD of most 1/2 ID compressions. Feel free to ask Juggalo or someone in the extreme cooling sections. Juggalo is the best for watercooling and the guys in the extreme cooling sections are the masters of phase change and sub-zero in general.

Good luck!
Thanks! Great advice.

Unfortunately the Hydro Copper 2 isn't up to the performance level of the other blocks AFAIK. Also as you said, it is chrome plated, and I'm pretty sure that can become a major issue in terms of mixing metals in the loop (Especially since I will be using denatured ethanol as the coolant). I asked this question a while ago in the extreme cooling section and unfortunately the majority of the questions were either "I have no idea" or "what is the purpose of this?"...lol. Thanks again though for the advice.

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This is a freakin sweet build OP. I'm jelly!
Thank you

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I can't believe I've never seen this thread before
I can't believe I've never seen you before.

I guess it's just hidden in a dark corner on OCN? Don't know how much traffic usually goes through the build log subforum.

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Take a look at Aquacomputer and Heatkiller blocks too. AC blocks are pricy, but they are very high quality. Heatkiller blocks are also solid options. Also, for your motherboard, there is full cover mips block iirc, which is a very good option. As for tubing size, performance differences are minimal, and it is mostly about looks. I prefer 1/2 in tubing, but many people like smaller tubing

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Thanks, do you know if AC/Heatkiller blocks are good performers in addition to being high quality? I looked all this stuff up 2 months ago and I forgot everything now . I'll also be going with 1/2", at least it can boost performance a little over smaller tubing. Thanks again Bob.



Also does anyone know how well Copper vs Nickel vs Acetal vs Chrome handle sub-zero temps? I know that each metal shrinks in volume at a slightly different rate with a decrease in temps, but could this be a significant problem? Especially for blocks that are made of mixed metals.

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On a separate note, I am leaving for a trip to MIT tonight, so be good guys and keep the haters away .
    
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Heatkiller blocks are some of the best blocks IMO. I have the HK CU 3.0 and it is works great and looks even better.
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Another vote here for heatkiller!

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