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Author: Matt Oustead

  1. UV Printing - The Newest Custom Service at PPCs

    UV Printing - The Newest Custom Service at PPCs

    Building the perfect custom PC can be a lot of hard work, as many of you probably know. Researching components, assembling all the pieces properly, and getting everything to work together is no small task. If you’re like me and find the need to make your build stand out from the rest, then you spend even more time on custom mods. One of the most tedious parts of modding can be the paint work. Not only does this take a lot of time, but it takes some amount of skill as well. This is why I’ve started to turn to UV printing.

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  2. The Best Fitting Money Can Buy?

    The Best Fitting Money Can Buy?

    The drain fitting, also known as a drain valve or ball valve, is a topic with many questions - especially from newcomers to custom loops. Although it is not required for your open loop setup, it is most definitely recommended. Ball valves are made by basically every brand on the market and also come in a variety of styles. Confusion often starts here, with selecting the proper drain fitting and will typically continue all the way through installation. Which is why I am here to show you Touchaqua’s “Water Exhaust Fitting”! Yes, you read that right, it is called a water exhaust fitting, however, it can be used for a variety of purposes. Read on to see why this could be your next best investment for your custom loop.

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  3. Temperature Sensors and Why You Need Them!

    Temperature Sensors and Why You Need Them!

    Do you ever wonder why all your fans in your custom cooled rig speed up and slow down so erratically when you boot up a game or start doing some intense video editing? These rapid changes in fan speeds can be extremely annoying if you’re not wearing your headphones or headset. Many custom liquid coolers spend the money and time on their custom loop so they don’t have to listen to a PC that sounds like a F40 fighter jet taking off from their desk. So how do we make that happen? You might not believe me, but all it takes is a single component that costs less than $10. Keep on reading and discover why you should buy a temperature sensor for your custom loop today!

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  4. Alphacool Eisblock Aurora Plexi GPX-N Review

    Alphacool Eisblock Aurora Plexi GPX-N Review

    As many of you have been before, I was just recently on the hunt for a quality, yet budget GPU block for my RTX 2080 Ti. As I perused Performance-PCs.com I happened to come upon a quite gorgeous block from Alphacool. I’ve been so accustomed to seeing their older GPX series blocks which were all black metal blocks with large fins on them, which were really never up my alley, so to speak. However, Alphacool’s new “Aurora” line of waterblocks have some astonishing good looks in my opinion, and the lowest price on the current market to boot!

     

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  5. An In-depth Look at EK CryoFuel Solid

    An In-depth Look at EK CryoFuel Solid

    When it comes to watercooling, coolant choice is one of the hardest decisions to make. Especially in 2020 when there’s dozens of different coolants to choose from. You’ll always get differing opinions on various brands of coolant if you ask around the web as well. I am frequently asked, “what coolant is best for my loop?”.

     

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  6. Custom Waterways at PPCs

    Custom Waterways at PPCs

    Hello fellow modders and watercoolers! If you’ve been at this hobby for any amount of time, you’ve probably seen one of the new trends in watercooling. WATERWAYS, or distribution plates as others call them. They’re handy for streamlining your tubing runs, and are most definitely pretty to look at in those custom builds. The only problem is that they take a CNC mill in order to make, not to mention a bit of experience with machining. One solution to this is off-the-shelf waterways from brands like EKWB, Bykski, and Barrow, however, these are all designed for specific cases, with a set hardware configuration.

     

     

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  7. Optimus Watercooling - The New Benchmark in PC Watercooling

    Optimus Watercooling - The New Benchmark in PC Watercooling

    Performance PCs is proudly announcing it’s new partnership with Optimus Advanced Watercooling! If you haven’t heard of this brand yet, you’re in the right place. These guys are pretty new to the scene, however they bring a lot to the table, right out of the gate.

     

     

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  8. Corsair HydroX Series

    Corsair HydroX Series

    If you’ve been in the PC scene for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard of the brand Corsair. Before May 28th of this year, you would have only known them for their cases, fans, RAM, peripherals, power supplies, and much more. However, you can now find their new product line called “HydroX” at your favorite watercooling and modifications store, Performance-PCs.com! Whether you’re a veteran water loop wizard, or are still clinging to your Corsair AIO, this new line of custom loop components has something you’ll be interested in.

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  9. How to pick the right tubing and fittings

    How to pick the right tubing and fittings

    One of the most confusing parts of building a custom loop is the fittings and tubing, by far. It can be quite stressful when you first look at all the options you have at PPCs when it comes to fittings and tubing. It is extremely important that you purchase compatible fittings and tubing for your custom loop, but it is much easier than you might think. I hope that this quick guide on how to pick out the correct fittings and tubing for your loop helps relieve some of the stress with your build.

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  10. CPU Waterblock Comparison - February 2019

    CPU Waterblock Comparison - February 2019 One of the most common questions I get asked as technical support for a watercooling retailer is, “Which CPU block should I get?”. As simple as this question may be to some of you, the answer isn’t always so straight forward for others. Which is precisely why I wanted to get my hands on as many as CPU blocks as I could and put them to the test! In total, I tested seven (7) blocks from five (5) different brands. I stuck purely to measurable performance metrics, as I really have a hard time quantifying any kind of aesthetic categories. So strap on your goggles and throw on some gloves, because we’re about get down to the technical details of my CPU block performance testing! Read more...

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