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Best budget watercoolin EK ?

Im not anymore on top of the trends now . Im looking into watercooling my 4 year old setup to make it quiet 

  • CPU
    i7-6800K
  • Motherboard
    MSI x99a gaming7
  • RAM
    Hyper X 8gb 2133MHz+HyperX 4GB+ 2x8GB GOODRAM = 28 GB RAM TOTAL
  • GPU
    2x gtx 1080 Gigabite G1 gaming
  • Case
    Obsydian 750d airflow edition
  • Storage
    smasung 120 gb ssd , Segatat HDD 320 gb , Toshiba from apple 17 inch laptop 600gb
  • PSU
    Be quiet 1000w bronze
  • Display(s)
    3x Asus 1080p 144Hz 1 m/s response time
  • Cooling
    Be quiet Dark Rock 2 , 2 x silent wings 2 , 3x standart case fans from corsair
     
     
    Looking into geting full water blocks for the GTX 1080 Gigabite G1 gaming 
     
     
    but dont remeber is nickle good for watercooling. 
     
    Can anyone send recomendation for the parts i should get so it lasts as long as possible 
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I would just get a better cpu cooler and some noctua fans, water cooling is *SUPER* expensive and maintenance is very hard.

 

if you insist on water cooling, just get an aio

 

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Nickel is good for water cooling. Why else would companies use it to make the parts with? 
They have a configurator, go though it and get parts that fit within the budget. 
Id get an older cpu block compared to the new designs, d5 pump res combo and what ever rads can fit the case. 
I also stick to multi barb fittings and their matte hose and it’s very easy to work with. 

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I'm using an EK A240, it's part of their aluminum series, I'm very happy with it, it was around 150$ for a 240mm rad, a pump and waterblock

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CPU: i5-8600k@5.0GHz | GPU: GTX 1660@2070MHz | RAM: 16 GB DDR4 3000MHz | Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic | PSU: Corsair RM 650i | SSD: Corsair MP510 480GB |  HDD: 2x 2TB WD Black | Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro | OS: Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

 

Secondary PC [Why did I bother]:

CPU: AMD Athlon 3000G | GPU: Vega 3 iGPU | RAM: 8 GB DDR4 3000MHz | Case: Corsair 88R | PSU: Corsair VS650 | SSD: WD Green M.2 SATA 120 GB | Motherboard: MSI A320M-A PRO MAX | OS: Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

 

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Server 2 electric boogaloo [A waste of electricity]:

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APS-C digital: Sony α100

Medium Format Film: Kodak Junior SIX-20

35mm Film:

 

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Sony SAL-1870 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 

Sony SAL-75300 75-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6

 

 

PSA: No, I didn't waste all that money on computers, (except the main one) my server cost $40, the intel NUC was my old PC (although then it had 8GB of ram, I gave the bigger stick of ram to a person who really needed it), my laptop is used and the second PC is really cheap.

I like tinkering with computers and have a personal hatred towards phones and everything they represent (I daily drive an iPhone 7, or a 6, depends on which one works that day)

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18 minutes ago, mbntr said:

I'm using an EK A240, it's part of their aluminum series, I'm very happy with it, it was around 150$ for a 240mm rad, a pump and waterblock

Don’t think they offer a block for that card. As the kit itself won’t work. 

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6 minutes ago, Mick Naughty said:

Don’t think they offer a block for that card. As the kit itself won’t work. 

you can get an aluminum block for pascal and turing cards, the card has to be compatible with founders edition block though

Main PC [The Rig of Theseus]:

CPU: i5-8600k@5.0GHz | GPU: GTX 1660@2070MHz | RAM: 16 GB DDR4 3000MHz | Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic | PSU: Corsair RM 650i | SSD: Corsair MP510 480GB |  HDD: 2x 2TB WD Black | Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro | OS: Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

 

Secondary PC [Why did I bother]:

CPU: AMD Athlon 3000G | GPU: Vega 3 iGPU | RAM: 8 GB DDR4 3000MHz | Case: Corsair 88R | PSU: Corsair VS650 | SSD: WD Green M.2 SATA 120 GB | Motherboard: MSI A320M-A PRO MAX | OS: Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

 

Server [Solution in search of a problem]:

Model: HP DL360e Gen8 | CPU: 1x Xeon E5-2430L v1 | RAM: 12 GB DDR3 1066MHz | SSD: Kingston A400 120GB | OS: Debian Bullseye

 

Server 2 electric boogaloo [A waste of electricity]:

Model: intel NUC NUC5CPYH | CPU: Celeron N3050 | RAM: 2GB DDR3L 1600MHz | SSD: Kingston UV400 120GB | OS: Debian Bullseye

 

Laptop [A hunk of shit]:

Model: MacBook Air Late 2010 | CPU: Core 2 Duo L9600 | RAM: 4 GB DDR3 1066MHz | OS: MacOS Catalina 

 

Photography:

 

Cameras:

Full Frame digital: Sony α7

APS-C digital: Sony α100

Medium Format Film: Kodak Junior SIX-20

35mm Film:

 

Lenses:

Sony SAL-1870 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 

Sony SAL-75300 75-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6

 

 

PSA: No, I didn't waste all that money on computers, (except the main one) my server cost $40, the intel NUC was my old PC (although then it had 8GB of ram, I gave the bigger stick of ram to a person who really needed it), my laptop is used and the second PC is really cheap.

I like tinkering with computers and have a personal hatred towards phones and everything they represent (I daily drive an iPhone 7, or a 6, depends on which one works that day)

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14 minutes ago, mbntr said:

you can get an aluminum block for pascal and turing cards, the card has to be compatible with founders edition block though

Which is my point. He already mentioned his card and a block that will fit. The dont make a lot of blocks for the bottom line. 

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It is not the best case for watercooling, in order to get it as quiet as possible you need as many rads as possible.
This case can support max 360 (top)+240/280 (front)+120 at the back. If you will get a thick 280 at the front and a 360 at the top (as thick as possible) you might make it doable if you remove all the drive cages. all fans have to be setup as intake except the rear 140.
Ek classic is the cheapest reliable option. one d5 pump will be enough.

however this setup will cost you a fortune in any way.

 

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I went for this setup from EK allredy a bit over my 500 Euro budget 

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What tubing and fitings would I need 

 

is there somthing i forgot ? 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Majsterek said:

I went for this setup from EK allredy a bit over my 500 Euro budget 

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What tubing and fitings would I need 

 

is there somthing i forgot ? 

 

 

A triple 140 rad will not fit!! 280 at the front and 360 at top!!!

CPU: i7 8700K OC 5.0 gHz, Motherboard: Asus Maximus VIII Hero (Z170), RAM: 32gb Corsair Vengeance RGB 3200 mHz, GPU: Asus Strix OC gtx 1080ti, Storage: Samsung 950pro 500gb, samsung 860evo 500gb, 2x2Tb + 6Tb HDD,Case: Lian Li PC O11 dynamic, Cooling: Very custom loop.

CPU: i7 8700K, Motherboard Asus z390i, RAM:32gb g.skill RGB 3200, GPU: EVGA Gtx 1080ti SC Black, Storage: samsung 960evo 500gb, samsung 860evo 1tb (M.2) Case: lian li q37. Cooling: on the way to get watercooled (EKWB, HWlabs, Noctua, Barrow)

CPU: i7 9400F, Motherboard: Z170i pro gaming, RAM: 16gb Corsair Vengeance RGB 3200 mHz, GPU: Sapphire Vega56 pulse with Bykski waterblock, Storage: wd blue 500gb (windows) Samsung 860evo 500Gb (MacOS), PSU Corsair sf600 Case: Motif Monument aluminium replica, Cooling: Custom water cooling loop

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Any fittings that fit g1/4”. Barb, or compression. Barb need to match the inner diameter of the hose. 
Compression need to match both the inner and outer diameter of the hose. 

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