Author: Matt Oustad
One of the most daunting tasks of building a custom loop is picking out all the correct fittings and tubing for it. Even experienced builders will often make several orders of fittings for a single build because it is very difficult to get everything you need the first time around. Over time this does get easier to do, however, this blog should help you get there a little faster.
If you’ve been water cooling PC’s long enough, you’ve probably run into issues with your coolant at least once. Or perhaps you’re working on your first custom loop and you’re concerned about having problems with coolant. Either way, this blog will take you through each and every step you should take to have the best chance at avoiding any issues with the coolant in your water cooled rig.
Water distribution plates, or manifolds as they are also referred to, have been taking the open loop community by storm for a number of years now. In late 2018 Performance PCs took its first step into the custom distribution plate market by purchasing their first CNC mill. Since then we have expanded our line of manifolds to over 20 different SKUs with some of the highest quality in the industry.
Our goal with this blog is more or less a basic guide to the tools you may need to build both custom loops and custom PCs in general. It will also serve as an organized list of links for those of you that know the struggles of searching through the thousands of parts we carry here at Performance-PCs.com. For some, this may be too basic, and if you’re looking for more specific guidance with your custom build I’d highly recommend you head over to our Youtube channel here and browse the many in depth guides we have there. For the rest of you, sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and enjoy some crucial information for getting started in the modding scene.
In our last blog I wrote about the differences between distribution plates and the classic tube style reservoirs, as well as the pros and cons of using either one. Today, I would like to have a discussion about distros and distro cases. In case you missed that last blog, don’t worry, I will take some time to explain what these are… but you should probably go take a look at that last blog as well.
If you’ve been interested in the watercooling scene or even the custom PC community in general, you have probably seen a fair few liquid cooled builds with either a distro or a tube style pump reservoir combo. With the variety, and options available for both styles, I hope this blog can help you all make a decision as to which is going to be best for your custom loop build.
When I see most newcomers to the watercooling scene try to pick out their first loop more often than not, pick parts from the same manufacturer. This is not a bad idea at all as it is a great way to ensure the best compatibility between all of your components. In light of that, I wanted to personally take some time to go over basic loop setups from all the major brands and about how much they will each cost you. In order to keep it simple, I will go over the price and components from each brand with a D5 pump/reservoir combo, CPU block, 6 compression fittings, 10ft. Soft tubing, and a 360mm thin (~30mm thick) radiator.
Who else likes a good monoblock watercooling solution for their favorite motherboard and CPU combinations? I know I sure do! MSI and EK Waterblocks have teamed up again on another amazing watercooling hardware combo! This is a full feature, ATX motherboard that’s itching for the fanciest watercooling loop you can throw at it, right out of the box. Both MSI and EK pulled out all the stops for this release, so I’ll do my best to portray what they brought to the table but I have a feeling this board has too many points of interest for just one article.
Selecting all the components and fittings for a custom when you are a newcomer to this hobby is a pretty daunting task by itself, which is why we have a three part blog that delves into all those nitty gritty details here, as well as countless how to videos and product overviews on our YouTube channel here. However, today we are going to talk about the part of a custom loop that can stump even veteran watercoolers. This of course, would be the often overlooked, drain setup.Read more...
Today, we are proud to announce a new partnership with Singularity Computers and Performance-PCs. We have had a relationship with Singularity for years and have been selling their products for the past several. This new endeavor is all about producing top of the line watercooling components at a fair price to all of our customers worldwide.Read more...