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Author: Matt Oustead

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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...
  6. Quakecon 2018

    Quakecon 2018 Have you ever been to a con or gaming event? If you have, I’m sure you can agree that they are not only a great place to hang out with your tech friends, but they are also great for meeting new ones. This is especially true for QuakeCon in Grapevine Texas every year. This was my second year attending the event, and it was even better than the year before! Read more...
  7. All About UFO Technologies

    All About UFO Technologies

    If you haven’t heard of UFO Technologies yet, then you’ll want to keep reading further. If you have heard of them and maybe even purchased one of their products, this blog will give you my take on what I think of the brand.

    To give you a little bit of background, I have been testing UFO Technologies for the better part of four months. I have had the pleasure of trying out their Cryo-Chillz 3D Coolant, Ultra-Chillz Opaque Coolant, Rad Radiance Radiator Cleaner, and Event Horizon System Cleaner. You may not have even seen some of these products as they are not on PPCs shelves quite yet.

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  8. A Quick Look at Dual, Parallel, and Serial Loops

    A Quick Look at Dual, Parallel, and Serial Loops

     

    A Quick Look at Dual, Parallel, and Serial Loops

    Most beginner watercoolers have questions regarding loop order, and quite a few people will respond with, “loop order doesn’t matter beyond having the pump below the reservoir.” Which is not wrong, but it really only tells half of the story.  If you’re an enthusiast you are probably interested in how watercooling performs in your system depending on the configuration you use. You may have even explored the differences between dual, parallel and serial loops. This blog should give you a little better understanding of how each configuration can benefit your loop.

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  9. Singularity Computers Ethereal Reservoir Mounts

    Singularity Computers Ethereal Reservoir Mounts

    Singularity Computers is a high end components designer and custom system builder. You have probably seen their work somewhere out there on the web, and probably left you in awe like many others. His attention to detail and function shines throughout his builds as well as in his products, and it’s easy to see this in his Ethereal Reservoir Mounts.

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  10. How to Start Watercooling your PC Part 3

    How to Start Watercooling your PC Part 3

    Even though you probably spent hours planning and building your loop, the work still isn’t done yet. You will always want to keep an eye on your system with a custom loop installed. Make sure that you monitor your temperatures with trusted software like HWinfo, HWMonitor or AIDA64. Most coolants can last 6-12 months in a system that was properly set up, but if you start to notice a decline in the performance of your loop, you will want to consider draining and flushing your loop. Increased temperatures on your hardware can indicate that your blocks are starting experience some particle build up from the coolant.

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