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    Default Doing some re-evaluation of my water cooling plans

    So I was surfing along and I noticed that EK announced a new compact pump solution:

    http://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-dcp-4-0-x-res-incl-pump.html

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    his is based on their new compact pump which functions at 800 lph qmax. Pump specs are here: http://www.ekwb.com/shop/ek-dcp-4-0-12v-dc-pump.html

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    ince I am new to selecting water cooling components for my build I wanted a second opinion out there from the more experienced guys. I feel like this pump should be good for a loop consisting of a triple 120 rad, a double 120, a CPU and one video card based on how it stacks up to something like a D5. The main reason I am considering a more compact solution is because I intend on setting all of my kit within a Carbide Air 540 (some day), and I want the pump and res to fit snugly in the right side compartment on top of the SSD caddy (where the large unused mesh section sits). So what do you guys think? Figure this lil' guy is up to the task without me degrading it's usable life expectancy any or overly taxing it?

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    Default Re: Doing some re-evaluation of my water cooling plans

    I have to consider several other important factors in my purchase not only lph and head pressure, but also noise and vibration which is not just annoying but can shorten the life of your pump

    After years of trial and error I will only recommend the D-5 tried and true its quiet, and literately with no vibration, and with the proper system maintenance (fluid) will run for years.

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    Default Re: Doing some re-evaluation of my water cooling plans

    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    I have to consider several other important factors in my purchase not only lph and head pressure, but also noise and vibration which is not just annoying but can shorten the life of your pump

    After years of trial and error I will only recommend the D-5 tried and true its quiet, and literately with no vibration, and with the proper system maintenance (fluid) will run for years.
    Definitely agree with you, Vin. I looked at all of them when I did my Enthoo build, and just nothing stacks up to the D5 in a combination of performance, silence and longevity. I went with the Swiftech PWM model and couldn't be happier with it.

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    Default Re: Doing some re-evaluation of my water cooling plans

    I don't know what CPU & GPU you are cooling but you don't really need two rads for your setup.

    As for pump, the DDC has higher head pressure so it is good for multiple block with high restriction. As you mentioned, compact setup is your main objective then go with DDC pump. Swiftech MCP35X is one of the best in its class. However, it is overheat very easily if you use the adhesive padding or just suspense it for better air flow.

    IMO, EK's configuration is still not compact enough for my liking.

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    Default Re: Doing some re-evaluation of my water cooling plans

    The hardware I plan on having under water at present is a single R9 290X and an FX 8350. Both will be overclocked. Yeah it seems everywhere I go I can't avoid getting the D5 recommendation x-).

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    Default Re: Doing some re-evaluation of my water cooling plans

    D5 is reliable workhorse pump, it's run cooler than DDC pumps. Since you're using smaller case, I would suggest to go with bay res/pump setup, it's better suite than tube/pump config. Also consider of using thicker rad; 60+mm instead of 30ish mm, this way you can just use only one rad.

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