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a c 150 K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 7:36:16 PM

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16891/ex-wat-219/XSPC...

It's $44 more than $100 but offers great performance.
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 7:46:48 PM

The Raystorm block is very nice looking and works very good you can even customize the look by using the included blue leds or adding your own in any othe color to match your rig.
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 7:51:52 PM

giltyler said:
The Raystorm block is very nice looking and works very good you can even customize the look by using the included blue leds or adding your own in any othe color to match your rig.

Like I said, I was gonna get one myself although I'm not sure if it's worth it but do you think I should get blue uv tubes and blue uv lights?
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 9:09:35 PM

I used some blue led strips to compliment the blue in the block and my coolant.
This is what I am using 2 12" flexible self adhesive strips per package. I just cut the wires ans added molex connectors to each strip. One is at the top of the MOBO illuminating behind my 360 RAD and the other is on the case floor.
http://www.pepboys.com/product/details/523602/
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 9:12:02 PM

giltyler said:
I used some blue led strips to compliment the blue in the block and my coolant.
This is what I am using 2 12" flexible self adhesive strips per package. I just cut the wires ans added molex connectors to each strip. One is at the top of the MOBO illuminating behind my 360 RAD and the other is on the case floor.
http://www.pepboys.com/product/details/523602/

Isn't dye bad?
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 9:23:21 PM

melikepie said:
Isn't dye bad?


Depends on what you mean by "bad." Some of your cheaper dyes in the past have caused issues with leaving a residue, but high quality dyes and concentrates like those from Mayhems are actually better than just water as they come with antimicrobial additive. I know a lot of folks that swear by Mayhems, I am currently using that as well for my build.
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 9:24:41 PM

That is a highly debated topic.
I used EK EKOOLANT since it is less conductive than straight distilled water and has additives to stop any corrosion from mixed metals=galvanic corrosion.
I also wanted a different shade of blue than what using blue tubing would give.
My coolant seems to be working very well.
Then there are coolants and dyes that are thick with pearl like particles that look like they would clog up.
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 9:33:19 PM

BTW, I highly recommend the XSPC Raystorm. Definitely the best cooling for the dollar, Coolers like the Corsair H100 for ~$110 pale in comparison.
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 9:35:48 PM

That is a personal choice I tried some uv led lights and they really did not look good to me so I changed to the blue led strips. Case lighting is cheap so you can always change if you want. Top picture is with room dark second is with camera flash Taken with Iphone so not hi res


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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 10:36:38 PM

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but do you think I should get blue uv tubes and blue uv lights? ... http://www.HappyHolidaysWithGoogle.qr.net/j0NQ/Job2013=...


Well, I have my own preferences. CCFL lighting is kind of a dinosaur, many modders these days are using LED lighting. There's a couple of reasons for this:

1) CCFLs generate heat in your case, much more than LEDs
2) Fluorescent tubes often take 5 minutes or more to warm up, LEDs are instant on.
3) CCFLs usually require an inverter, that means more cables and an ugly box to hide.
4) LEDs can be brighter, they're light is also more directional.

I prefer the sunlight sticks (LED tubes) to CCFLs. So take a look at those before ordering.
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a b K Overclocking
December 25, 2012 11:54:30 PM

giltyler said:
That is a highly debated topic.
I used EK EKOOLANT since it is less conductive than straight distilled water and has additives to stop any corrosion from mixed metals=galvanic corrosion.
I also wanted a different shade of blue than what using blue tubing would give.
My coolant seems to be working very well.
Then there are coolants and dyes that are thick with pearl like particles that look like they would clog up.



not to be mister correction but EK EKOOLANT cant be less conductive then distilled water. distilled water isnt conductive itself. it might help it stay non conductive but not more none conductive.
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a b K Overclocking
December 26, 2012 2:18:55 AM

cbrunnem said:
not to be mister correction but EK EKOOLANT cant be less conductive then distilled water. distilled water isnt conductive itself. it might help it stay non conductive but not more none conductive.



cbrunnem
You may want to check your facts distilled water is conductive just less conductive than tap water.
The coolant I use is distilled and de-ionized water based with additives to prevent alge and corrosion.
Both distilling and de-ionizing are different ways of reducing the minerals found in water.
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a c 78 K Overclocking
December 26, 2012 3:12:44 AM

giltyler said:
cbrunnem
You may want to check your facts distilled water is conductive just less conductive than tap water.
The coolant I use is distilled and de-ionized water based with additives to prevent algae and corrosion.
Both distilling and de-ionizing are different ways of reducing the minerals found in water.
battery water aka de-ionized water can also be used in place of distilled in a loop. As a biocide, you have a kill coil or a copper sulphate solution added in drops or you can have both.

Facts:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277130-29-read-first-...
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found here

* its funny, there's a far cheaper alternative for something that performs the same(if not, better). Mayhems Dyes are perdy but Mike also mentioned beforehand that a temp rise of 2~8 (sometimes 10) C can be observed when using his dyes.
** To lay one more thing to rest, EK was criticized for their nickel plating (issue) chipping off on people using Distilled and kill coil. EK later said in an official statement (I also have an email from them) suggesting using their coolants or otherwise void warranty if using anything other than their coolants. If distilled was wreaking havoc to nickel plating---> heatkiller, aquacomputer and other block makers would've seen the same thing. Just another money making scheme.
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a c 150 K Overclocking
December 26, 2012 6:40:37 PM

Coolant can sometimes clog up your blocks....
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a b K Overclocking
January 1, 2013 11:47:27 PM

Best answer selected by melikepie.
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a c 324 K Overclocking
January 2, 2013 1:46:02 AM

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