Originally Posted by toolmaker03
water cooling it is not about any particular company, but certain companies make good products.
I will start with EK as that is the tubing that you plan to use EK is a mid grade company at best.
when considering any rotary fitting, only bitspower or barrow make decent rotary fittings.
I like swifttech and koolance for compression fittings.
as for reservoirs their are several good ones, water cool, aquacomputers, bitspower, and monsoon.
when it comes to D5 water pumps I like, swiftech, XSPC, water cool, and aquacomputers.
their are lots of radiators but I like, hardware labs, swiftech, koolance, bitspower, and alpha cool UT45's and thicker.
now for the water blocks, I like the water cool, heat killer line of water blocks(this will always be my first choice), than XSPC, swiftech, or bitspower(being the last choice).
last but not least almost any company, can make a decent T fitting, or extension fitting. that being said, it does not really matter what company these type of fittings are purchased from. as long as they have no rotary sections to them they will be fine.
well I hope this helps, and I will be looking forward to seeing your build completed.
So mixing fittings isn't a big deal then? I have various fittings via EK but I noticed they lack certain fitting options that would make building easier. I have heard very good things about Barrow that they are basically like Bitspower but with no logo and cheaper.
My blocks and res/pump combo are pretty locked into being EK as I already have them and they all support asus aura which is my goal.
The radiators I have various ones laying around. Crossflow XSPCs ultrathin and the normal size (forgot the naming) as well as crossflow Alphacools(thin and medium). I have an EK rad for the wet bench that I plan to just leave installed in it for future.
I bought a custom build from a system integrator in the past and the hardwarelabs rads they used smelled something foul so I avoided them.
In regard to resources I was more looking for guides on things like measuring for tubing runs, how to make a drain port, things like that. A meta guide would be amazing if that exists.
Much appreciated and I plan to do a build log so I can get input along the way from the vets here.
Originally Posted by ciarlatano
Agreed. I would add Bitspower and Barrow into the compression fitting discussion, as well.