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    What's what in water cooling this day?

    I've been running a Thermochill PA 120.3, Switftech pump (forget model), Tygon tubing, (recent upgrades of EKWB 1080 Ti full cover and EKWB EK-Supremacy EVO on a i7 2600k) for about 7 years now with the exception of course of the new blocks.

    I pulled my loop apart about a month ago to swap out the GPU and CPU blocks for cleaning and well, it has been a while since I built the loop as well as my machine was feeling its age to a certain degree.

    So yeah, I've been way out of the loop (pun intended) in quality, performance and affordability.

    Can anyone point me in a direction to try to get caught up Rad performance, pumps, and the like? I know it's general, though I have no idea how much things have changed.

    The tubing, rad and fittings have wear on them but no corrosion. I had been running PT Nuke, distilled water and for the most part copper/nickle plating (EK barbs/fittings).

    Now though that I rebuilt the look I'm seeing what seems to be metal particles (when water is flowing, the res tornadoes and has a slight pearlescent appearence) I know that I'll have to tear it down completely and replace tubing and fittings at some point, though not sure if I should stick with the Thermochill or seek a replacement. It's been rock steady piece of equipement though I know it will eventually fail.

    I'm holding out to upgrade to a 8th/9th gen CPU and newer board with DDR4 and in doing so then build a new loop.

    So, thoughts? Advice? Do's/dont's?

    Thank you for your time.

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    There are no upgrades on the rad or pump side. The new blocks might do better if you get a block made for the cpu die size you have (if you upgrade) but there are no upgrades performance wise. Fans might get you minor gains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_challenged View Post
    I've been running a Thermochill PA 120.3, Switftech pump (forget model), Tygon tubing, (recent upgrades of EKWB 1080 Ti full cover and EKWB EK-Supremacy EVO on a i7 2600k) for about 7 years now with the exception of course of the new blocks.

    I pulled my loop apart about a month ago to swap out the GPU and CPU blocks for cleaning and well, it has been a while since I built the loop as well as my machine was feeling its age to a certain degree.

    So yeah, I've been way out of the loop (pun intended) in quality, performance and affordability.

    Can anyone point me in a direction to try to get caught up Rad performance, pumps, and the like? I know it's general, though I have no idea how much things have changed.

    The tubing, rad and fittings have wear on them but no corrosion. I had been running PT Nuke, distilled water and for the most part copper/nickle plating (EK barbs/fittings).

    Now though that I rebuilt the look I'm seeing what seems to be metal particles (when water is flowing, the res tornadoes and has a slight pearlescent appearence) I know that I'll have to tear it down completely and replace tubing and fittings at some point, though not sure if I should stick with the Thermochill or seek a replacement. It's been rock steady piece of equipement though I know it will eventually fail.

    I'm holding out to upgrade to a 8th/9th gen CPU and newer board with DDR4 and in doing so then build a new loop.

    So, thoughts? Advice? Do's/dont's?

    Thank you for your time.
    pt nuke and distilled is still my preferred mix. personally i wouldnt change what you know works. there are those that suggest running the clear liquid suggested by your block manufactuer. ek cryofuel i believe its called.

    im assuming your running either a d5(big one) or ddc pump(small square one). they are both excellent options. you may want to replace yours if its well beyond the mtbf(usually 50,000hrs or 5 years). or simply run dual pumps for redundancy. ive opted to go with dual pumps. the piece of mind is worth it to me.

    as long as your 120.3 isnt punctured or is suffering from some kind of hellish corrosion it should continue to cool your gear for many years to come! just continue to keep it clean and free of corrosion and it will be fine. the pa 120.3 is still among the best cooling thick low fpi rads going(still have mine). the difference between it and a newer low fpi thick rad will be minimal(maybe 5-10 degrees at the most).

    as far as the metal flakes in your loop that is definitely something to take care of sooner rather than later. the last thing you want is for the bearing in your pump to potentially get damaged. or clog up your blocks and or rad. its most likely one of your fittings that is flaking its nickel or chrome plating. it could be a block but being that youve just upgraded your blocks its likely a fitting.

    if you want to increase your cooling capacity you could always add another rad. but tbh even with a 990k you will be fine with your 120.3. unfortunately thermochill no longer exists(im sure you know this) so unless you can find a used one they are a no go. but there are tons of really solid rads and companies to choose from. some of the best rad companies to look at are alphacool, hardware labs, and ek(just to mention a few).

    for tubing i have had excellent luck with primochill lrt soft tubing(im assuming your going to stick with soft). i had to stop using tygon due to plasticizer leaching that kept clouding up my water and leaving white film on everything.
    https://www.primochill.com/products/...-bloodshed-red
    for fittings ek still makes solid gear both barbs and compression fittings. other companies ive had good luck with are bitspower, alphacool, barrow and xspc(avoid their 90s).

    you already have a very solid cpu/gpu loop. your cpu block is gtg for the new 9th gen procs. so really unless you want to add a new gpu for sli or add a rad or pump just to be extreme! your 120.3 should continue to cool your new gear nicely.

    but i would definitely pull your loop apart and find out what the flakes are and make sure to flush your rad really well.
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    The biggest advancement in the past two years is RGB

    And the competition in the AIO market is fierce with lots of good choices, custom loops have not seen any major advancements.
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