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Keys to Building a Custom PC on Your Own

Building a Custom PC

Building your own PC is a fun project anyone can complete. To simplify the process, we’ve created this guide to help you get organized and get started! Continue reading to find out what materials you’ll need to complete your build as well as some pointers along the way.

Materials Needed to Build a PC

Before beginning the building process, you’ll need to make sure you have all the materials necessary to build your computer. The materials your PC will need depends on what you are building your PC for; if you want to build a PC for high-speed gaming, you should expect to spend more money on materials than if you are only using your computer for basic usage. Find the basic materials needed below: 

  • CPU/processor
  • Motherboard
  • RAM
  • Hard drive
  • Case
  • Power supply (if not included with your case)
  • Monitor

Conduct Product Research

Building a computer will be much more satisfying if you build it to last a while. The best way to ensure your computer lasts a while is to build it with the best products available. By choosing high-quality products, you will be building your PC for success. To ensure your PC has the right components, research each product you will be purchasing. Make sure that the products both match with their counterparts (for example, your motherboard must fit your processor) and that they will benefit your PC, not slow it down. It is not necessary to purchase all your products from the same distributor but if you find a reliable brand, browse their products and see what they have to offer.

Ask a Professional

The best way to make sure you’re choosing the best products for your PC is to ask someone who has the experience and knowledge to guide you in the right direction. Spartan Liquid Cooling has years of experience building custom PCs for countless customers. In addition to our builds, we also sell a range of liquid cooling and computer parts. Click here to view all of our products and contact us today with any questions!

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How to Swap Mounting Brackets in Your PC

We’ve all been working on our PC or gaming system and gotten to a place where we’re left stumped, unsure of how to proceed. For times like these, we’ve decided to create resources for builders who need a little help. Use this guide to learn how to swap mounting brackets with ease!

Important Notes Before Beginning

All mounting brackets are not created equally, therefore our tips may not work based which model and size you have. Pay attention to the details we mention as we go along to figure out if this will work for your mounting bracket.

Check Your AMD Socket AM4 Compatibility

Check the hole pattern on your block to make sure it is compatible. If it is not, unfortunately, this guide will not help you directly but if you are jumping from an AMD socket, Intel platform or EK-Supremacy EVO water block, you can use this guide to swap your mounting bracket. Though these are made by different manufacturers, this strategy will work.

Disassemble the Water Block

In order to begin, you must disassemble the water block. To do so, you will need a 2.5mm Allen key. This key comes with all EK-Supremacy EVO purchases but if you have a different model, you may need to purchase this piece. Unscrew the four bolts holding the water block together and disassemble its components. To use the EK-Supremacy EVO as an example, the components you should have after disassembling the water block are:

  1. Top
  2. Base
  3. Jet plate
  4. Insert pin
  5. Rubber gasket
  6. Mounting bracket

Replace & Reassemble

Replace your mounting bracket with the new one you’ve purchased and reassemble your water block. The easiest way to reassemble an EK-Supremacy EVO is:

  1. Place your rubber gasket over the groove
  2. Insert along with the pin
  3. Place your jet plate over the insert
  4. Put your new mounting bracket in place. Aim the base to align with the screw holes
  5. Enter and secure the screws.

Seek Professional Help

The professionals at Spartan Liquid Cooling are available for assisting you with completing jobs like this. Contact us today and we’ll be happy to guide you in the right direction!

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Why You Should Liquid Cool Your Gaming System

Liquid cooling your gaming device is the best way to ensure your system is running as efficiently as possible. In the classic air cooling vs. liquid cooling debate, we’ll show you why liquid cooling comes out on top. Follow along to learn about how liquid cooling your gaming system will elevate your gaming to the next level.

Have a Silent Gaming PC

Say goodbye to a noisy PC when you switch to liquid cooling. Water cooling is a much more efficient way to cool down your PC compared to the air cooling system that it comes with. By installing a liquid cooling system, you will no longer hear the fans working to cool down your PC and can sit back and enjoy your gaming system quietly.

You Can Build It Yourself

All of the materials needed to install a liquid cooling system are available for purchase so you can install the system yourself in no time. The satisfaction of building a liquid cooling system in your PC will make it even more enjoyable each time you use it.

EK Water Blocks Installation Guides

If you purchase EK Water Blocks liquid cooling products, you will have several resources at your disposal to aid in your installation. Not only will the products themselves come with helpful guides, but the EK Water Blocks website has a whole series of product guides to help you build your water cooling system.

Extend the Life of Your PC

Installing a liquid cooling system in your gaming PC will help it to run more efficiently and use less energy to do the same amount of work. Replacing the components that are overworked, like your cooling system, will help decrease the strain placed on your gaming PC and improve its functionality in the long-run.

Seek Professional Help

Spartan Liquid Cooling offers our customers the finest liquid cooling products from EK Water Blocks. Not only do we sell these products at competitive prices, we are also available for assistance when installing your new system. Whether you want to install your liquid cooling system yourself and need help along the way or you want recommendations of the best products for your gaming system, Spartan Liquid Cooling is here to help! Visit our products page to see our liquid cooling products available for sale and contact us today with any questions!

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Discord- Online Community for Liquid Cooling & Gamers

Discord offers an online community for both gamers and liquid cooling users to communicate with others working on similar projects and games. Unlike any other options, Discord allows cross-platform communication including both voice and text chat for gamers around the world. Previously, many gamers used gaming-specific websites to communicate with other gamers but none have combined chat and video communication previously, forcing gamers to use external applications if they wanted both options.

 

Discord is one of the highest-rated apps for gamers and has proved to be the most effective and thorough ways for members of the gaming and liquid cooling communities to build and grow together. By making the app free, Discord has made their product accessible for thousands of people to try easily. Available on both desktop and mobile devices, Discord makes it as easy as possible to use their app to better communicate with other users.

 

Originally, Discord was created primarily for gamers but after many EK Water Blocks employees used the app as gamers, they saw the opportunity to add to the app. EK Water Blocks created a Discord server to make it easier for the water cooling community to communicate. The server will also allow users to contact EK Water Blocks employees to answer inquiries about both their products and more general liquid cooling questions. EK Water Blocks made it even easier to participate by creating a tutorial video on how to join their Discord server. Check out the video here:

 

 

If you have questions about liquid cooling systems, building a PC, or EK Water Blocks products, contact Spartan Liquid Cooling today and we’ll be happy to help! We have a wide variety of products available for purchase on our website as well as several custom PC builds we’ve completed. Visit our contact us page for several ways to reach us and we’ll get back to you shortly!

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Liquid Cooling for Major Data Centers

Since it’s beginning, liquid cooling projects have generally been on a small-scale compared to some of the hardware that is running major companies but that could change soon. Conversations about data center cooling and power consumption have been persisting with interested companies such as Dell EMC and Intel. These companies are looking for more efficient ways to power their data systems and liquid cooling could be their answer.

 

With growing electricity costs and the environment on these companies’ minds, it only makes sense to pursue an efficient system like liquid cooling. While many companies are already using liquid cooling at some capacity throughout their large branches, they are looking into a much more serious possibility of using liquid cooling on a much larger scale. Because it takes so many computing systems and electricity to run a large company like Dell EMC, it is in their best interest to find a way to power their systems more efficiently.

 

The efforts of both low-level and more advanced liquid cooling participants are affecting these efforts of large corporations by showing them what is possible and the different levels in which liquid cooling systems can exist. The biggest concern in these large corporations is the cost of liquid cooling all their data centers, which would certainly be a large sum but the amount they will save long-term is significant.

 

The only way liquid cooling will continue to build and be implemented into major data systems like those of Dell EMC and Intel is if the liquid cooling professionals who have made so much progress in the industry in such a short amount of time continue to create great work and show these corporations how greatly they will benefit. Want to explore more liquid cooling options for yourself? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you along the way whether it’s by suggesting the right products for you or simply giving advice.

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What is Delidding & How Can It Help My PC?

As the world of liquid cooling grows and advances, it has taken on different forms starting with beginners and ending with impressive experts who continue to progress the industry. “Delidding” is one way in which people are continuing to develop the world of liquid cooling. Continue on to find out more about delidding and how it’s changing the liquid cooling scene!

 

Once a builder has the ability to make a high-performing liquid cooling system, naturally, the next move to make is toward an even more effective system. This is where delidding comes into play. By liquid cooling a delidded processor, you make an even more efficient machine. Though seemingly self-explanatory, delidding means removing the lid from a processor, which isn’t necessary but can make a difference.

 

Delidding first became popular in 2011 when the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture came out. While the system functioned better than the previous generations and other similar models, the new generation caused a significant increase in temperature. These high temperatures caused overclocking issues and needed a solution. Several processors are able to be delidded other than the Intel models previously mentioned, including AMD’s Llano, Trinity, Kaveri and Richland generations.

 

In order to delid a processor, one typically replaces the TIM and after, puts the IHS back. You can also get rid of the IHS and instead, simply mount the cooler on top of the delidded processor. Delidding kits are available so you will have all the tools you need to successfully delid your processor but it is important to keep in mind that by delidding, you forego its warranty. For this reason, it is essential to move forward with caution and be sure you are qualified to perform the job without risking your system.

 

Want help making changes to your PC? Contact Spartan Liquid Cooling today with questions or requests and visit our Products section to purchase EKWB liquid cooling parts!

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How Can I Clean My Water Blocks?

Are you interested in cleaning the water blocks you’re using to liquid cool your PC? It is a good idea to do once in awhile but not for a frequent chore. Use our guide for some tips on the best way to safely clean your water blocks.

Cleaning Copper Water Blocks

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The best way to clean copper is with acidic solutions but since copper water blocks are sensitive, it is important to be careful with the solutions you try. Steer away from chemical cleaning solutions you might find at the store and try using products you likely have laying around the house that contain the right amount of acid. White vinegar, lemon juice, and cola can all be used to clean your water blocks. Use a small toothbrush to brush your water block with your chosen cleaning solution. Be sure to rinse the water blocks with water after cleaning. Leave them to dry covered in paper towels.

Cleaning Nickel Water Blocks

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Unlike their copper counterparts, you cannot use vinegar to clean nickel water blocks, as it is too aggressive for nickel. You can use the same cleaning process as we described for copper water blocks but simply use warm water. Consider flushing the copper water block in warm water before you begin the cleaning process. Be aware that this could affect the color of your water block so to repair it, you may use a soft metal polish cream.

Cleaning Acetal Water Block Tops

Acetal tops may also be cleaned to help keep your liquid cooling system running as smoothly as possible. Though acetal can typically be cleaned with strong chemical solutions like alcohol, a very careful, delicate solutions is recommended for your water block accessories. Try using a small amount of an alcohol solution to clean your acetal tops followed by a thorough rinsing and drying regimen that ensures your parts are completely dry without residue when you reassemble your PC.

Want help setting up your liquid cooling system in your PC? Contact us today or view our products page to see what EKWB products we offer!

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What is a Radiator & What Is It’s Role In Liquid Cooling?

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If you’re new to liquid cooling, you likely have a lot of questions about the use and importance of the items you’ll need to purchase to build a liquid cooling system. Getting to know the function and purpose of each of the components to a liquid cooling system is the best way to guarantee you are building the best system for yourself. Follow along as we explain radiators and why they are an essential component to your liquid cooling system.

A radiator’s job is to exchange heat between the surrounding air and the copper fins they are equipped with. Because cold air is being kept in contact with the copper fins, the air picks up the heat being radiated and removes it from the loop while water flows through the fins. Naturally, the bigger the fan, the more heat can be removed from the loop. The same logic can be applied to using several smaller fans to work together to remove the maximum amount of heat. Though this is the logic, it is not always necessary to pack your PC with too many fans if you don’t need them.

There is a common rule of thumb when it comes to deciding what size and how many radiators you should be building your PC with. Though each PC and individual needs are different, in general, you should expect to have 120mm of radiator space per component that must be cooled. Furthermore, if you will be overclocking, add an additional 120mm of radiator space. For beginners building a PC, this rule of thumb is almost always both true and useful, keeping choosing the right radiators to be relatively simple.

Spartan Liquid Cooling has a wide range of EKWB liquid cooling products including radiators at a competitive price. Check out all our items here and contact us with any questions!

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Liquid Cooling Guide to Fittings & Tubing

Because liquid cooling is all about the system, each component is crucial to the success of the system as a whole. If you choose the wrong products, your system will not work to its capability. Use our guide to learn more about fittings and tubing to help you better build and understand your liquid cooling system!

Choosing Your Tubing Type

A major conflict for many beginners comes from the variety of products available to the point where it is hard to know and choose which product is best for your system. Before you worry about product selection, you must understand the difference between the two main types of tubing; soft tubing and hard tubing.

  • Soft tubing is often made of rubber or silicone and has a variety of color options. Many builders choose soft tubing because of its ability to bend and be reshaped easily. This type of tubing is recommended for first-time builders.
  • Hard tubing avoids soft materials and is often acrylic or PETG. Hard tubing is easy to find and can be bent with the help of household tools.

Read Your Tubing Measurements

Once you choose a tube, you will need to reference it to choose your fittings. Read the tube measurements to make sure you are purchasing the right size fittings by checking the metric and imperial measurements as well as the inner and outer diameters. If you choose soft tubing for your project, you will be able to choose either barbed fittings or compression fittings but if you go with hard tubing, you will have a choice of push-in fittings or compression fittings.

Choose a Fitting Type

Now comes the time to choose the fitting type you’d like to purchase. Here is a little more information about each of the types of fittings:

Barbed Fittings

Barbed fittings are often the go-to choice for beginners, as they are easy to use and relatively inexpensive. Most of the time, you will want to also purchase clamps for your barbed fittings.

Compression Fittings

Compression fittings can be used on several different kinds of tubes and are often a first-choice because of their appearance, most with vibrant colors. Unlike barbed fittings, compression fittings are marked with ID and OD markings so be sure to pay attention to these numbers when purchasing.

Push-In Fittings

These hard tube fittings only come in two types and sizes so the decision becomes a bit easier. These are easy to install and get the job done without any hassle.

Hard Compression Fittings

Hard compression fittings have a similar look to compression fittings with their variety and color but they are designed for hard tubing. Designed with a base and a top lock, this type of fitting is extremely stable.

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Liquid Cooling Resources: Where to Find What You Need

Because liquid cooling is still relatively new, it can be difficult to find accurate, helpful resources for helping understand the process and implement it yourself. Use our guide to help you find some of the best liquid cooling resources in the industry!

What is Liquid Cooling & What Are the Benefits?

Want to know more about the process of liquid cooling including how it started and why it’s becoming so popular? Read these articles to hear from some of the industry’s leaders.

 

Traditional Cooling or Liquid Cooling?

Why are people moving away from traditional cooling methods and switching over to liquid cooling for their PCs?

 

Improving Your PC for Gaming with Liquid Cooling

One of the most common reasons people choose to implement a liquid cooling system is to elevate their gaming PC. Read more about how liquid cooling can improve your gaming PC and how to make the necessary changes.

 

Liquid Cooling Products

Choosing the right products is an essential step toward getting a more efficient, liquid-cooled PC. View our suggested products below and visit each link for more information on each product.