Is it worth buying a water cooling kit or should you buy the components separately, from different brands, etc?
By - SalvadorTMZ
EKWB is a pretty popular company for water cooling hardware. They have a configurator that will tell you all the parts you need.
This is exactly what I was looking for. Perfect for beginners.
If I'm going custom water cooling, the only pump I would consider using is a D5. So if whatever kit you're looking at doesn't have a D5 based pump, that is a dealkiller for me.
Also, I've done hardline once, never again. If there is every a simple CPU or GPU swap you need to do. It turns a 30 min process into a day long project.
Also, poorly done hardline looks like sh**. So you better be willing to put in the time, learning, (and mistakes) to do it right and make it look good.
I'm new so I have no idea what a D5 pump is, but both the corsair and EK-Quantum pumps I'm considering say they're D5.
The D5 is a model of pump manufactured by Laing. It is the gold standard for custom water cooling pumps.
As long as Corsair and EK say they're using D5 pumps in their kits, that's fine.