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Ok let me start by saying I was originally going to purchase an XSPC rasa kit however after reading about the pump I realize that it isnt sufficient if I want to add 2 gpu blocks and another rad. I can always go custom of course but I just saw that EK also has a few kits available.

My question is basically this. Will the pump that comes with the EK-DCP 4.0 pump that comes with the EK h30 Supreme kit be better than the Rasa pump?

here is the pump that EK includes: http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/pu...v-dc-pump.html

Thanks and any help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 9
That is EK's top of the line pump. I think its rated at 800L/h. The Laning D5 (Really Good pump) is 1000L/h. It will definetly be a better pump.
Edited by Nutty Pumpkin - 1/21/11 at 3:39am
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Which RASA kit were you thinking?
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The only real downside to the ek kits is that their rads tend to be a little mediocre... at least from the reviews that I have seen on skinnee.
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post #5 of 9
Just go with a custom loop. You'll get exactly what you want and nothing you don't want. There's no reason to be stuck with a mediocre pump or radiator just because you want a pre-built kit. It may seem scary at first, but it's really simple to build and install a custom loop.

For a cpu block, two gpu blocks and two rads, I recommend a mcp355 pump + xspc top. For rads, I recommend xspc RX rads (you'll want 4x120mm worth of rad at least, so two 240 rads or a 360 and a 120 rad). For a cpu block I recommend the EK Supreme HF. The res is completely up to your taste. For gpu blocks, I've had great success (lol borat) with EK full cover blocks. They give great temps and have decent flow rates, for a good price.

Go custom, man!
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Originally Posted by mhaneline View Post
Just go with a custom loop. You'll get exactly what you want and nothing you don't want. There's no reason to be stuck with a mediocre pump or radiator just because you want a pre-built kit. It may seem scary at first, but it's really simple to build and install a custom loop.

For a cpu block, two gpu blocks and two rads, I recommend a mcp355 pump + xspc top. For rads, I recommend xspc RX rads (you'll want 4x120mm worth of rad at least, so two 240 rads or a 360 and a 120 rad). For a cpu block I recommend the EK Supreme HF. The res is completely up to your taste. For gpu blocks, I've had great success (lol borat) with EK full cover blocks. They give great temps and have decent flow rates, for a good price.

Go custom, man!
This. +rep
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Originally Posted by mhaneline View Post
Just go with a custom loop. You'll get exactly what you want and nothing you don't want. There's no reason to be stuck with a mediocre pump or radiator just because you want a pre-built kit. It may seem scary at first, but it's really simple to build and install a custom loop.

For a cpu block, two gpu blocks and two rads, I recommend a mcp355 pump + xspc top. For rads, I recommend xspc RX rads (you'll want 4x120mm worth of rad at least, so two 240 rads or a 360 and a 120 rad). For a cpu block I recommend the EK Supreme HF. The res is completely up to your taste. For gpu blocks, I've had great success (lol borat) with EK full cover blocks. They give great temps and have decent flow rates, for a good price.

Go custom, man!
Agreed!! Buying a kit was 1 of the biggest mistakes ive ever made. I am currently replacing everything except the pump! (which will also go when i get more cash) over $250 will now be lying in my garage

The problem with kits is they are designed to be universal and therefore dont work on a single pc 100% Go custom!!!!!!!!!!
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post #8 of 9
At the same time, kits can be a lifesaver. For example the $150 RS360 Kit easily outperforms anything custom up until about $300.

However I wouldn't buy the EK kit because it's so close to the price of a full custom kit so you'd might as well just go custom.
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Thanks for the input guys!

I did some research since I made the OP on the EK pump and from what I've seen it seems to outperform or it's at least on par with the MCP355, so I don't think it would be a horrible idea for a pump. I do have a friend that says he might be interested in buying the rad from the EK kit (at a discount of course) so I think I'm gonna price everything out and compare the EK kit to a custom loop and go from there.

Obviously I'm drawn to custom because well... it's custom! I can choose if/where I want to skimp on parts. The plus with the EK kit is that it comes with a high quality cpu block, a decent pump (better than the Rasa X2O 750 for sure), nice compression fittings and yate loons at a nice discount. However the Radiator seems to be a big weakpoint.

I guess I'll think it over and see, I might even end up going with a custom loop/EK kit hybrid! lol Thanks again
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