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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 07:42 AM - Thread Starter
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Best brand to buy

Hey guys im looking at building my first water cooling system and I wanted to ask anyone more knowledgeable than me , which is the best company to buy all the parts from ? I was originally going to go with EK however apparently none of the gpu blocks are compatible with my EVGA 2070 SUPER xc ultra which from my understanding uses a reference 2080 pcb . I like the look of Corsair's products but im not sure about the quality of there blocks
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 07:47 AM
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Watercool heatkiller iv pro line gpu/ cpu
Get them multiple places
Performance pc give OCN-88 discount code for 5% off
Plus they do holiday codes for more savings.

D5 pump same watercool.

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As mentioned, Watercool Heatkiller are the best for waterblocks. Their radiators look pretty, but aren't worth the price. Go with Hardware Labs for rads.

http://gpu.watercool.de/WATERCOOL_HE...patibility.pdf

Page 6 has the list of part numbers that work with your GPU.

They are OOS of several configurations in the vendors I checked, but they are a relatively small company so they will get more in time.

Performance PCs is probably the best place to shop in the US if you want to just pick everything up from one vendor. Wait for one of their holiday codes and grab everything at a decent discount.
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You can have great experience of watercooling and most likely, once you go water you will never go back to air or you could potentially deal with absolute disaster and regret every bit of getting near water so... Quality parts MUST HAVE, but they aren't cheap and in my humble opinion this is my trusted brand for many years.

For blocks Heatkiller #1 Aquacomputer#2

Fittings are crucial part for long lasting safe water-cooling...Bitspower is the Champ no doubt in my mind

Singularity Computers (Daniel) has only ever used Bitspowers and I personally used BP fittings for over decade not a single leak they have very tight fit tolerance, you can trust them.

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Your 2070 super should be the same layout as a standard 2080.

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Quote: Originally Posted by hellasinc View Post
which is the best company to buy all the parts from ?
Probably the biggest mistake you could make would be buying all the parts from a single mfg. None of them does everything well. EK makes ok (not really good....just ok) blocks, some good rads and some putrid ones, and the rest of their line tends to be subpar. Watercool ha great blocks, reservoirs and pumps....and their rads aren't very good. HWL makes the best rads around, and only makes rads. Phanteks makes nice blocks and fittings, but.....you get the idea. And don't even get me started on Corsair......selling rebranded lowline parts from other mfg at a high price point.

As others have mentioned, Watercool Heatkiller or Aquacomputer for blocks. If that isn't the look you are going for, Phanteks makes excellent quality blocks that always seem to be overlooked in this forum, or XSPC.

HWL rads every time. Just be sure to match the rad with your intended usage - GTS or SR2 for quiet, GTX/GTR for ultimate cooling provided you don't mind deafening fans. And make sure you match appropriate fans to the rads.

Bitspower, Monsoon or even Barrow for fittings. BUT...I would never use anything but a Bitspower or Monsoon rotary fitting.

Monsoon, Heatkiller, Swiftech Maelstrom or XSPC Photon reservoirs.

There is a lot of good stuff out there, it just isn't going to be all from one company.

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Glad to see 1080 Ti Strix is supported 90YV0AM0-M0NM

If Sidearm T1 ever comes out, I'll look into watercooling next.

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Good brands for me:

Koolance
Aquacomputer
Watercool

Koolance as far as i can tell do not make gpu blocks for the rtx gpu's at least not yet. Their cpu blocks are excellent.
Aquacomputer i used their pumps and radiators (AMS) and they are great.
Watercool i used their HK 3.0 = a great cpu block and their gpu blocks are just as great.
EKWB makes good pump tops.

For fittings ive used both Bitspower and Koolance both are high quality but my preference goes to Koolance because the design ie the nut has a ticker thread making it much easier to attach on tubing then Bitspower.
Make sure you use a GOOD pre mix coolant flush all your rads and blocks before use and flush your tubing as well.
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XSPC makes decent blocks, Koolance makes decent blocks (they don't have one yet for RTX cards)

I can second HW labs for radiators. Excellent performance for the money!

DDC and D5 pumps are all really made by the same manufacturer. brand is really irrelevant here. Just don't run a DDC pump at 100% throttle without a heatsink of some sort as they tend to get hot. D5's are cooled by the coolant running through them so running full speed there won't overheat the pump. I use both pump styles in my systems. my threadripper + GTX1080 has twin DDC pumps, my 9900kf + RTX 2080 TI FE has a D5.

Koolance seems overlooked a lot in this forum. Koolance USA is actually local to me and I have met some of their guys in person while picking up parts in will call. They make good quality parts as well and reasonably priced fittings. Also I use their coolants exclusively. Been running their coolants for over a decade and never once had a corrosion issue, growth issue, or clogging/buildup issue. highly recommend their 702 coolants.

EK makes decent blocks too but they are stingy as hell on thermal pad material for VRMs and memory. They absolutely will short you on that material guaranteed and you will be left to get your own to finish the job. Also EK is definitely overpriced on rads and fittings. I use koolance fittings for most of my builds. they're cheaper and far better quality.

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Don't buy brands, buy products. By that I mean just b/c something is of a brand does not mean it's quality. Get product specific information.
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