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post #1 of 23
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The time has come to put together a new loop.

My current waterblock is not giving me the temps I want, I can't reseat it due to the screws bring stripped.

Which waterblock would you suggest, for easy installation and good performance.

I'm also going to get a new res, I was thinking of a dual drive bay res, what are your opinions on this? Any good ones I should look out for?

Tubing, I was leaning towards the idea of trying white tubing, I think it looks badass. I'm open to all ideas though do please feel free to suggest some colours.

Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 23
White tubing does look awesome, especially if you have a lot of dark colors or at least a limited number of other colors going on.

If you're going with a new water block, you can't go wrong with EK. They generally always review the best and give the best temps. I've installed the EK on mine and it was the easiest part to install in my loop.

I wouldn't go dual res. Just go one res and one pump...dual loops do not generally perform better (tests have show equal or worse). Anyways, it looks like you just have a 1 GPU and 1 CPU being cooled...

I don't know what your res is like, but go xspc rx 360 for good performance, and do push pull for the best effect.

XSPC has nice reservoirs, so do EK. At least from my experience, EK has great customer support (mind you I haven't tried anyone else...)

Finally make sure to use good TIM but not too much of it. I believe the "pea" method is generally considered the best for CPUs. Don't do the star pattern that EK tries to tell you to do...that's too much paste.
post #3 of 23
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White tubing does look awesome, especially if you have a lot of dark colors or at least a limited number of other colors going on.

If you're going with a new water block, you can't go wrong with EK. They generally always review the best and give the best temps. I've installed the EK on mine and it was the easiest part to install in my loop.

I wouldn't go dual res. Just go one res and one pump...dual loops do not generally perform better (tests have show equal or worse). Anyways, it looks like you just have a 1 GPU and 1 CPU being cooled...

I don't know what your res is like, but go xspc rx 360 for good performance, and do push pull for the best effect.

XSPC has nice reservoirs, so do EK. At least from my experience, EK has great customer support (mind you I haven't tried anyone else...)

Finally make sure to use good TIM but not too much of it. I believe the "pea" method is generally considered the best for CPUs. Don't do the star pattern that EK tries to tell you to do...that's too much paste.
I already have the res etc, i have a full waterloop in my system as we speak, i just wanna change it

When i say dual drive bay res i meant size taking up 2 bays, not 2 separate res's.

A lot of people have suggested the Ek waterblocks in various other threads so i'm almost certain to get one.

This is the list I have put together so far.

EK-Supreme LT Waterblock - http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/EK...k-Plate_8.html £3
EK Backplate 1366 - http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/EK...61366_392.html £3
EK-BAY Spin Reservoir - http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/EK...cetal_444.html £48
XSPC 1/2" ID , 3/4" OD White Hose 3m - http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/12...se-1m_691.html £9

Total - £91~

How do those look? anything you would suggest I change?
Edited by Sast - 4/6/11 at 7:54am
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post #4 of 23
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Hmm what gives the best performance in your opinion? the EK Supreme LT or HF?

Or it really personal preference when it comes to the different models?
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post #5 of 23
HF is the better block but it comes at a price.

The xspc rasa is one step down from the HF but half the price.
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instead of tubes, use copper piping for most of it. around the copper tubing solder on little fins and then you will see the best watercooling temps on the planet.
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post #7 of 23
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I don't mind pushing the boat out a little bit for a better waterblock, I see different materials, Acetal, Nickel, Copper.

The Acetal one, as much as a strong plastic it is, I would be nervous about cracks.

This one however looks nice: http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/EK...6AM3_1373.html

So if I was to change the list to the following:

EK-Supreme HF - Copper - http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/EK...6AM3_1373.html £59.99
EK-BAY Spin Reservoir - http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/EK...cetal_444.html £48
XSPC 1/2" ID , 3/4" OD White Hose 3m - http://www.watercoolinguk.co.uk/p/12...se-1m_691.html £9

Total - £116~

How is that looking now?

Edit - removed the backplate from the list as the HF comes with one!
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post #8 of 23
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instead of tubes, use copper piping for most of it. around the copper tubing solder on little fins and then you will see the best watercooling temps on the planet.
Door is that way --->

I'm all for advice, but I don't have time for idiotic responces.
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You should consider the Koolance dual bay reservoir. You can use dual pumps with it for redundancy and its built like a tank. Its really nice.
http://www.koolance.com/water-coolin...roduct_id=2032
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If I recall correctly my HF Supreme came with all of the proper mounting plates. So i don't know if you need that backplate or not pretty sure you don't.
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