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Name/Nickname
: Adi Sahar / adi518

Links: FB: https://www.facebook.com/adisahar

Questions and Answers:
Q: What Blocks are your choice for CPU?
A:  I check out EK first and foremost.

Q: GPU?
A: I like my blocks to match so I usually buy the same brand for both CPU and GPU.

Q: Bridges?
A: I like to avoid these and use crystal links or some special extension fittings instead.

Q: Memory?
A: Primarily EK, to match the rest of the scheme. However, Bitspower is a great option as well, as they make some of the best looking memory blocks I’ve ever seen!

Q: Reason for your choice?
A: Their overall design and experience in this highly delicate matter of water cooling. Pricing also seems ok, not cheap, but not excessively expensive either.

Q: Have you MOD any blocks?
A:  Not really, I did swap out / mod the mounting-kit that came with my EK LTX block. EK supplied chrome bits and it didn’t fit my color scheme so I changed & painted the bits into black. It’s minor stuff that often make a big difference haha. J

Modders Choice - Water Cooling Blocks EKWB, Modders Choice, Water Blocks, Water Cooling, XSPC 2

Q: Any BAD experiences with blocks? what and brand?
A: Unfortunately, yes. I have a Z77 Mpower board and while this board is quite packed, the WB manufactures decided not to make a water block for it. I then found a German brand called “Liquid Extasy”, which did offer a block for it. While it wasn’t as widely popular as the rest of them, it did look promising. Unfortunately, it ended up with a 3 months long night-mare, waiting for the one man brand (as it turned out) to supply the block. Paid extra to polish and chrome plate the block and yet, it was delivered NOT polished and chromed unprofessionally. So bad, that you could easily see small spots of copper sticking out. Then the guy, offered to fix the block instead of offering an immediate refund. Before going for a refund, I did my own research and talked to a few local chrome houses. This discovered it was virtually impossible to remove the electro-less chrome plating he did. In fact, the block was totaled and the only thing he could do, was taking a new chunk of copper, mill a new block and chrome it properly. Of course he didn’t and I lost over a 100$ for this ordeal. That was my lesson to buy water blocks only from reputable brands like EK and the lot.

Q: If you could suggest a MOD the companies could include in the OEM product what would it be?
A: there’s not much to think of to be honest, a lot of companies are already pretty attentive to what customers want so they offer certain blocks in many different versions, probably supplying the needs of most customers. I think colored mounting bits could be a cool touch that adds a subtle accent through the build.
A: Not sure if already, but EK has to offer polished blocks and also go back to the old designs. Not something you can really mod though.

Tips or guides you would like to share: (comment, pics and/or links ie; Youtube)

Check my build log for lots of cool mod designs and ideas! J
Summary and word from Modder/builder:

I like to be original with my mods, trying out things other have not. I like consistency in my builds and it’s important to me to use only brands that know their stuff, EK, Bitspower, Alphacool, Koolance etc’. I do wish for the water cooling market to grow bigger and the prices to get lower, making it more affordable and allowing more people to get into this niche (as much as I wouldn’t want to call it a niche, it is). It’s been fun replying to this, I usually dislike questionnaires as they always call in bad times, lol. Wishing all a great 2014, with plenty of modding adventures! J

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14 Comments

  1. Good article, very informative. I like how you got info from several people that have actually owned and used the products.

    Awesome Work Guys!!! Keep it up!

  2. Name/Nickname: Chris Trak
    Links
    FB:https://www.facebook.com/chris.trak.7
    Youtube:
    WebSite:
    Questions and Answers:
    Q: What Blocks are your choice for CPU?
    A: EK

    Q: GPU?
    A: EK
    Q: Bridges?
    A: n/a
    Q: Memory?
    A: n/a
    Q: Reason for your choice?
    A: first time , went with recommendations
    Q: Have you MOD any blocks?
    A: not yet
    Q: Any BAD experiences with blocks? what and brand?
    A: none
    Q: If you could suggest a MOD the companies could include in the OEM product what would it be?
    A: more variety in kits available..
    Tips or guides you would like to share: (comment, pics and/or links ie; Youtube):
    Summary and word from Modder/builder:
    Please share your current buildlog link:
    Favorite:

  3. Name/Nickname: John, confusis

    Links

    FB:

    Youtube:

    WebSite:

    Questions and Answers:
    Q: What Blocks are your choice for CPU?
    A: ekwb

    Q: GPU?
    A: ekwb

    Q: Bridges?
    A:

    Q: Memory?
    A:

    Q: Reason for your choice?
    A: looks mostly

    Q: Have you MOD any blocks?
    A: yes, led lighting addition

    Q: Any BAD experiences with blocks? what and brand?
    A: not yet, no

    Q: If you could suggest a MOD the companies could include in the OEM product what would it be?
    A: rbg less and controller

    Tips or guides you would like to share: (comment, pics and/or links ie; Youtube):
    Summary and word from Modder/builder:

    Please share your current buildlog link:

    Favorite:
    following too many to have a fav :)

  4. Name/Nickname: Tanveer Ahmed

    Links
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/tanveerbaloch1212

    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTEmnTMm11tOEhRxOusZQ5w

    WebSite:

    Questions and Answers:
    Q: What Blocks are your choice for CPU?
    A: EK Supermacy And XSPC Raystorm Water Blocks

    Q: GPU?
    A: EK.

    Q: Bridges?
    A: Bits Power Crystal Link

    Q: Memory?
    A: Never used one

    Q: Reason for your choice?
    A: Reasonable price tag

    Q: Have you MOD any blocks?
    A: No.

    Q: Any BAD experiences with blocks? what and brand?
    A: Not Yet

    Q: If you could suggest a MOD the companies could include in the OEM product what would it be?
    A: RGB lightning

    Tips or guides you would like to share: (comment, pics and/or links ie; Youtube):
    Summary and word from Modder/builder:

    Please share your current buildlog link:

    Favorite:
    Tips or guides you would like to share: (comment, pics and/or links ie; Youtube):
    Summary and word from Modder/builder:

    Please share your current buildlog link:

    Favorite:
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  5. Name/Nickname:
    Links
    FB:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPtj4L93CgWVoLDtPzf6-ow
    WebSite:
    Questions and Answers:
    Q: What Blocks are your choice for CPU?
    A: XSPC
    Q: GPU?
    A: XSPC
    Q: Bridges?
    A: XSPC
    Q: Memory?
    A: n/a
    Q: Reason for your choice?
    A: Price versus performance and minimalistic looks, easy to mod
    Q: Have you MOD any blocks?
    A: Yes, the XSPC Rasa twice
    Q: Any BAD experiences with blocks? what and brand?
    A: No
    Q: If you could suggest a MOD the companies could include in the OEM product what would it be?
    A: More options for lighting acrylic blocks
    Tips or guides you would like to share: (comment, pics and/or links ie; Youtube): n/a
    Summary and word from Modder/builder:
    Please share your current buildlog link:
    Favorite:

  6. Nice to see the modders’ preferences. If I were to go custom watercooling, would probably go with XSPC. But everything is too pricey for me at the moment and watercooling parts is too limited/scarce in my place…

  7. Q: What Blocks are your choice for CPU?
    A: Koolance, Heatkiller, EKWB, Aquacomputer

    Q: GPU?
    A: Aquacomputer, EKWB, Heatkiller

    Q: Bridges?
    A: Don’t use them, I just link them with some tubing.

    Q: Memory?
    A: EKWB

    Q: Reason for your choice?
    A: Aesthetics and Performance.

    Q: Have you MOD any blocks?
    A: Yes, I polished my EK memory and motherboard blocks in order to turn them from frosted to clear.

    Q: Any BAD experiences with blocks? what and brand?
    A: None yet.

    Q: If you could suggest a MOD the companies could include in the OEM product what would it be?
    A: Custom laser engraved names or designs on the top of the blocks.

    Tips or guides you would like to share: (comment, pics and/or links ie; Youtube)

    How to polish EK blocks, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW-HadrjjIU

    Summary and word from Modder/builder:
    Just have fun. Don’t worry about what others think. Also, don’t strip screws.

  8. Name/Nickname: Christian Theobald / Toxicator

    Links
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/christian.theobald.5
    FB:
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/HI-TECH-Clan/270999139609970

    Youtube:

    WebSite:

    Questions and Answers:
    Q: What Blocks are your choice for CPU?
    A: EK Supermacy

    Q: GPU?
    A: EK.

    Q: Bridges?
    A: Bits Power

    Q: Memory?
    A: EK.

    Q: Reason for your choice?
    A: Quality of EK Water Blocks

    Q: Have you MOD any blocks?
    A: No.

    Q: Any BAD experiences with blocks? what and brand?
    A: No.

    Q: If you could suggest a MOD the companies could include in the OEM product what would it be?
    A: Color change and flash light

    Tips or guides you would like to share: (comment, pics and/or links ie; Youtube):
    Summary and word from Modder/builder:
    My HAF 935 Mod STACKER in work on my Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=664348536941693&set=a.414795158563700.89314.270999139609970&type=1&theater

    Please share your current buildlog link:
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    Favorite:
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  9. Name/Nickname: Chris Trak
    Links
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/khang.le.1426
    Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/user/khangptit992
    WebSite:
    Questions and Answers:
    Q: What Blocks are your choice for CPU?
    A: EK

    Q: GPU?
    A: Heatkiller
    Q: Bridges?
    A: I don’t need it
    Q: Memory?
    A: n/a
    Q: Reason for your choice?
    A: performance and price
    Q: Have you MOD any blocks?
    A: not yet
    Q: Any BAD experiences with blocks? what and brand?
    A: none
    Q: If you could suggest a MOD the companies could include in the OEM product what would it be?
    A: more creative and high performance.
    Tips or guides you would like to share: (comment, pics and/or links ie; Youtube):
    Summary and word from Modder/builder:
    Please share your current buildlog link:
    Favorite:

  10. Name/Nickname: Frenlyn Aguilar
    Links
    FB:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/frenlyn86
    WebSite: none
    Questions and Answers:
    Q: What Blocks are your choice for CPU?
    A: EK but i cant afford one

    Q: GPU?
    A: i have stock cooling
    Q: Bridges?
    A: i have stock cooling
    Q: Memory?
    A: stock cooling too
    Q: Reason for your choice?
    A: price, performance, they are pretty aesthetics i like them
    Q: Have you MOD any blocks?
    A: not yet
    Q: Any BAD experiences with blocks? what and brand?
    A: none
    Q: If you could suggest a MOD the companies could include in the OEM product what would it be?
    A: More color palet for bocks :D
    Tips or guides you would like to share: im not that experienced
    Summary and word from Modder/builder: Let the build be <3
    Please share your current buildlog link: is just an amd fx 8350, but i love it!
    https://scontent-b-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t31/51974_10151543365017595_1005783306_o.jpg

    Favorite: Heart of the eagle.
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