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    water water everywhere, but which block to choose?

    As I am replacing my motherboard, and will be fully cleaning out my loop I feel the time is right to replace my LRWB G4, it is an awesome block if you have a high flow pump due to its jet impingement design. However my pump at 12V (1300lph ish) has an annoying hum so I run it at 7V (600-700lph ish) and despite the 15-20C lower temps ruining it at 12 vs 7, I cannot live with it, its not loud or anything its just I can hear the frequency of its humming over everything else and it drives me mad, so I tolerate the higher heat.
    It has been a long while since I was looking at water blocks, and I am not sure what type of block would suit my low/medium flow system, was looking at an ek supreme but I have heard they like high flow as well.
    Hopefully someone will be able to give me some words of advice on this, oh and if it helps I curently have a 120mm rad at the back as well as a dual 120mm rad at the top of my case and a single bay xspc res, no gpu block anymore, though I may add one later if 4850 blocks drop in price, or I upgrade.
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    Re: water water everywhere, but which block to choose?

    Whats your budget mate?

    Im looking at redoing my watercooling setup and have found that the EK Supreme HF (high flow) block is the best, it supports all sockets aswell! Im getting the full copper one and thats £55.

    edit: Also the ek block has different plates allowing for low restriction and high(er) restriction, at the highest point it still has little effect on the flow rate when compared to most other blocks so it should be fine for a low voltage pump.
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    Re: water water everywhere, but which block to choose?

    Not really looking to spend more than £50 + what I can get for the G4 (not sure how much they are worth now, but they are a hell of a block with the right pump, just wish mine wasn't so annoying)
    Didn't realize the ek used restrictor plates, I take it that means that without any it would work well in a low flow system.

    Edit:The storm G4 is the original one, not the one that swiftech made after buying the designs
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    Re: water water everywhere, but which block to choose?

    +1 for the EK Supreme HF for all the reasons Hicks12 mentioned. I use it on my overclocked i7. You can use the most restrictive plate (still pretty good flow though) for the best temp or the least for the highest flow and only see about 1C difference in performance.

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    Re: water water everywhere, but which block to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Dragoon View Post
    Not really looking to spend more than £50 + what I can get for the G4 (not sure how much they are worth now, but they are a hell of a block with the right pump, just wish mine wasn't so annoying)
    Didn't realize the ek used restrictor plates, I take it that means that without any it would work well in a low flow system.
    It would be quite detrimental to performance to not use a restrictor plate. It comes with 5 plates (1 blank) to play with. In a low flow system you could use the plate with the biggest holes with excellent results on temperature and flow.

    I think I paid about £50 give or take a pound from Scan (just checked, £50.80 inc VAT).

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    Re: water water everywhere, but which block to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Dragoon View Post
    Not really looking to spend more than £50 + what I can get for the G4 (not sure how much they are worth now, but they are a hell of a block with the right pump, just wish mine wasn't so annoying)
    Didn't realize the ek used restrictor plates, I take it that means that without any it would work well in a low flow system.

    Edit:The storm G4 is the original one, not the one that swiftech made after buying the designs
    I assume the ek would be right in your budget then if you can sell the block for more than £5! (im pretty damn sure you can). The plates, its not really like that its just that you can change the design from the basic cut outs to a more restrictive or less restrictive versions however you still need one in it, even at the most restrictive plate it still is on par with heatkiller and apogee blocks in terms of flow rate and beats them at temps. Using the least restrictive will put temps up by like 1 degree and increase flow rate by something like .1 or .3 gallons.

    Either way you can experiment with it which is the whole purpose of the array of plates given, it suites all needs so you should be well covered .

    edit: bug... scan do it for £50? Is that the normal version or the copper version? Cause the copper version performance like .5C better and i was looking at the best temps so was heading in that direction. If it is the copper then scan certainly get me monies
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    Re: water water everywhere, but which block to choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicks12 View Post
    edit: bug... scan do it for £50? Is that the normal version or the copper version? Cause the copper version performance like .5C better and i was looking at the best temps so was heading in that direction. If it is the copper then scan certainly get me monies
    For £50.80 you can get the "normal" copper base + Plexi/Acetal top. Nickel plated of each bumps it to £52.70 and then £55.75 for copper top and £60.01 for the all copper+nickel.

    I actually like plexi tops so I can spot obvious blockages or build up in the block. Okay, the coloured liquid is pretty too. Yes, I am an overgrown child (according to my wife).

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