Hello, I was wondering what company makes the better water cooling parts, EK or Swiftech the pros and cons that I can easily point out of the two brands is that for me I live in The US and Swiftech is a US company, so the parts could be cheaper as well as the shipping but the dilemma here is that EK looks like they make excellent products so I have no idea which way to go. It all boils down to quality for $ what company do I pick under those terms?
Im only cooling my CPU for now, Phenom II x4 970 and My budget is below $250 so swiftech is looking good, but all I really wanted to know was if Swiftech is reliable? Im aware EK is good but they have to ship all the way from Europe...
I had this same decision to make just recently. Both are top names in the water cooling business. I ended up going with an EK-KIT H3O - Supreme HF 360 for my rig. The EK kit came with parts that I felt better about (in particular, compression fittings).
Also: Mods can we get this moved to the Water Cooling sub-forum please? General Discussion is so not the place for it.
Both are good radiators. Swiftech rads have been around a little longer, but EK's are very good as well. However, I'm pretty sure EK rads are made by a 3rd party and rebranded. I don't have a link right off-hand, but I think I recall reading how they were identical to Magicool...or maybe that was XSPC...
Regardless, almost all are made in the same way with the same design. There are slight differences, but it's a toss-up unless you are doing some very specific testing.
Check out Skinnee's radiator comparisons and reviews:
Regardless of your setup, with current hardware, allocating a 2x120 radiator worth of space is a good rule of thumb. So, a CPU and Crossfire 5770's would be the equivalent of 6x120 worth of radiators...usually people go with 2- 3x120's.
I disagree. The water cooling system would cost more then the CPU at this point in time, but I'm still getting it for the CPU only at first. With the waterblock for my CPU being AMD it will most likely be usable again and knowing the trend with the CPU heatsink holes on motherboards recently, 1156 heatsinks can fit on 1155. AM2/AM2+ heatsinks can fit on AM3. And because I am using universal GPU blocks I may be able to use those later on. All the other parts should be usable still. I will also use another 1x120mm radiator in my loop once both GPUs are installed and if that isn't enough Ill buy another radiato and mod my case to fit it somewhere.