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Yeah doesn't seem too bad but is still very pricey (basically a mid range PC :) ). I am going to need to radiators and the fittings and tubing which should be another R3-4k possibly.

I think will look out for second had first and if I can't find anything by the time I head to London (next week so little time) will have to make a decision.
I would recommend to outright buy the Strix block and backplate (the stock one is just as good) though if youre set to go with an EK block as you wont get it any cheaper new in SA and they are now damn scarce here on carb lol
 

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I would recommend to outright buy the Strix block and backplate (the stock one is just as good) though if youre set to go with an EK block as you wont get it any cheaper new in SA and they are now damn scarce here on carb lol
Yeah I see they are really scarce - just missed out on some great deals by a couple of weeks.

What do you mean by stock one? Can you send a link?

Total for the RGB block and backplate including shipping to london is roughly R3.5k whereas that Barrow one you linked to (even with a better shipping option 20-27 days) works out to R2.5k so a R1k saving. I see the barrow doesn't need a back plate so that helps with the cost. I might actually see if anyone selling second hand in London but then the issue is I can't test at all until I get back so that might not work at all.

Is it essential to get a back plate for the EKWB 1080ti block? The GPU block including shipping (to London) is $185 which then is only $10 more expensive than the Barrow one...
 

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Yeah I see they are really scarce - just missed out on some great deals by a couple of weeks.

What do you mean by stock one? Can you send a link?

Total for the RGB block and backplate including shipping to london is roughly R3.5k whereas that Barrow one you linked to (even with a better shipping option 20-27 days) works out to R2.5k so a R1k saving. I see the barrow doesn't need a back plate so that helps with the cost. I might actually see if anyone selling second hand in London but then the issue is I can't test at all until I get back so that might not work at all.

Is it essential to get a back plate for the EKWB 1080ti block? The GPU block including shipping (to London) is $185 which then is only $10 more expensive than the Barrow one...
If the block has specific screw holes that it requires that your back plate either doesnt have or support then yes.

Otherwise your stock backplate is perfect for the job. The backplate in most instances just helps with the rigidity of the card as some are quite heavy with a copper block on but it isnt needed to be quite honest. Makes it look finished though for the most part
 

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If the block has specific screw holes that it requires that your back plate either doesnt have or support then yes.

Otherwise your stock backplate is perfect for the job. The backplate in most instances just helps with the rigidity of the card as some are quite heavy with a copper block on but it isnt needed to be quite honest. Makes it look finished though for the most part
It seems the Strix you can't use the original backplate at all:

"ASUS ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti factory backplate is not compatible with this water block!"

Is this the stock one you were referring to: EK-FC1080 GTX Ti - Nickel (rev. 2.0) – EK Webshop
 

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It seems the Strix you can't use the original backplate at all:

"ASUS ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti factory backplate is not compatible with this water block!"

Is this the stock one you were referring to: EK-FC1080 GTX Ti - Nickel (rev. 2.0) – EK Webshop
That was the one yeah. But it seems if you cant use the original backplate with it you may need to get the EK one unless you want a bare pcb on the top unfortunately
 

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That was the one yeah. But it seems if you cant use the original backplate with it you may need to get the EK one unless you want a bare pcb on the top unfortunately
It seems EKWB changed something so newer ones can't use the original backplate as the guy in below video uses the original backplate:

 

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It seems EKWB changed something so newer ones can't use the original backplate as the guy in below video uses the original backplate:

That makes allot of sense then but it sucks that they force you to buy a new plate when the original technically is perfectly fine
 

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That makes allot of sense then but it sucks that they force you to buy a new plate when the original technically is perfectly fine
I suppose its a business and no one cares about customers saving...

The non RGB one with backplate and shipping works out to $200 / R3k.

Hopefully someone here is looking to get rid of theirs if not might just have to buy new.

First prize would be to find a walk in shop to pay cash in London or Portugal (as I already have some euros and pounds) then can use the ZAR "saved" to purchase the rest of items needed.
 

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It is not unfortunately. The one I linked was the ref 2.0 which doesn't include the metal trimming etc like that one has
 

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It is not unfortunately. The one I linked was the ref 2.0 which doesn't include the metal trimming etc like that one has
So it is the same as this one then: EK-FC1080 GTX Ti Strix RGB – EK Webshop

Is there major differences tho between the two (other than RGB) as the one I linked to here doesn't say anything about ref 2.0 either.
 

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Honestly looking at them side by side I cannot see any real difference besides the led metal bar on the front of the one whereas the other is just plain plexi all over. Best is to maybe ask the few guys with the strix blocks which model they have and if they got the ek backplate or their normal one to fit
 

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Honestly looking at them side by side I cannot see any real difference besides the led metal bar on the front of the one whereas the other is just plain plexi all over. Best is to maybe ask the few guys with the strix blocks which model they have and if they got the ek backplate or their normal one to fit
Yeah hopefully someone here who has the strix block can recommend.
 

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So doing some more research on the Lian-Li case (the one I have bought) it seems you can fit 3x 360mm radiators - a slim one on the back panel and then 2x thicker on top and bottom. I might just do 360mm on back and then 240mm on top but still deciding but atleast I know now what will work.
 

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Would it not look abit odd with the 240mm rad in where a 360mm would fit? Haha my ocd would haunt me in that sense
 

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Would it not look abit odd with the 240mm rad in where a 360mm would fit? Haha my ocd would haunt me in that sense
Yeah I thought of that after actually. The side one can be hidden so might put 240mm there but let me first decide and see what I'm actually going to do before planning the actual setup.
 

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Is it possible for someone to give me a list of exactly what I need as I've once again confused myself.

Building in a Lian-Li PC011 Dynamic. Will be Ryzen build with a Strix 1080ti OC Version.

Hardline would have been ideal but for my first attempt (and not having the tools to cut and bend etc) thinking soft tube is way forward for now.

Would like 2x Radiators (360 or 240 that can fit). Fans will be Corsair ML or LL (still deciding).

I need pump/res the lot.

Can order from EKWB direct and get sent to London (will be there next week) or can order locally too (especially bigger / heavier items if price isn't too inflated.

Would appreciate all the help.
 

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About a year ago I bought the P360 kit. A kit (almost any of the EK kits) is great to start out with. I did end up buying a lot more fittings. While the kit itself is designed for a custom loop, it doesn't take into account a drain pipe. So I bought a few extra parts, viz two ball valves (lol), 2 x 3 way splitters and a few extra bits I can't remember now but mainly the AC fittings. The advice I received was to have an airflow port at the highest point and the drain pipe at the lowest. The one ball valve went into one splitter up top and the other for the drain down low.

The only negative thing with the kits is it's soft tubing so it doesn't look very professional. But is a great entry point into custom loops.

The other thing I wanted to mention was that I too bought a block for my gpu a little later on so had to drain the loop and fit that on to my 1080ti. Which also ended up being drained a 3rd time when the vertical mount arrived later.

I'm running a delidded 8086k with a mild 5ghz all core overclock and all in this EK kit which is a single 360mm rad. It's ok to keep temps low-to-decent. On idle my cpu is around the lower to mid 30 degrees and my gpu is in the upper 20 degrees. When playing some intense games, the gpu hits the 55 degree mark (maybe 57 max) and cpu around the lower 70's in summer and 60's now in Winter.

As I said, it's good enough for me. Ideally you would want a 240mm rad per overclocked component imho depending how hardcore your overclocks are. I've been running this setup for almost a year now and want to get a separate rad into this loop to drop those temps even more and switch to PETG tubing and sell all the fittings from this current one.

But let me know if I can assist with any of your questions as I probably have been there already seeing as we would have similar kits.

For interest, let me describe my current loop: Res >> rad (top mounted) >> splitter with ball valve up top >> mobo water block >> cpu >> gpu >> splitter with drain pipe >> back to res. Your loop order wouldn't matter as the temp does equalise and this was the neatest way I could do it with soft tubing.

Having spent quite a bit especially on the extra fittings you can do it separately but being new to it I decided to do the kit + extras. Hope this helps
 

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Is it possible for someone to give me a list of exactly what I need as I've once again confused myself.

Building in a Lian-Li PC011 Dynamic. Will be Ryzen build with a Strix 1080ti OC Version.

Hardline would have been ideal but for my first attempt (and not having the tools to cut and bend etc) thinking soft tube is way forward for now.

Would like 2x Radiators (360 or 240 that can fit). Fans will be Corsair ML or LL (still deciding).

I need pump/res the lot.

Can order from EKWB direct and get sent to London (will be there next week) or can order locally too (especially bigger / heavier items if price isn't too inflated.

Would appreciate all the help.
On the note about fans, I have the HD 120 pack and they work great. But don't look as cool as the LL range. If you go hardline (PETG specifically), a heat gun is around R400 and the Thermaltake cutting kit is about a grand. You could just use sandpaper and get a pvc cutter but I err on the side of caution and will be going with the former when I switch from soft tubing. And different fittings of course. Btw, EK ship here directly via DHL. I ordered by gpu block from them.
 

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Is it possible for someone to give me a list of exactly what I need as I've once again confused myself.
Look at what's in the kit and spec it that way. Res and pump (combo works well too, personally), radiator, cpu block, gpu block and backplate, ACF fittings for soft tubing, HDC for solid tubing, a ball valve for the drain pipe. If you take a multiport rad you can use this one of the top ports if the rad is mounted horizontally up top for air flow and of course the tubing and fans for the rad.

Draw your layout in Paint and buy a few extra fittings in case the O-Rings are damaged in any of them. What helps with the drawing is the 90 degree adapters become more apparent especially in those tight spaces.
 
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