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post #1 of 25
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Trying to decide on if I want to install all the parts outside my case and test it, or install everything inside the case and test it. Installing everything inside first makes me worry a bit though. I'm using 7'16 tubing, should I worry? Have any of you guys installed your parts as a complete loop from outside case, to inside?
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I just installed my first custom loop it looks to time consuming and annoying to build it out and then mount it in so I just built it in and disconnected everything from the PSU except for the pump and let it run for about 10-20min and there was no leak so it was good enough for me. If it really worries you enough then do it out the case
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what size are your barbs?
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post #4 of 25
Testing outside of the case would basically be testing the parts themselves for leaks. Testing inside the case would be to test all the connections. I personally just put everything in the case and the testing is basically the time it takes to bleed the air. Once that's done, I power everything up.
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post #5 of 25
I just built my first loop also and I installed most of it directly in the case. I did leak test the rad and res outside of the case as I didn't have everything yet and couldn't bear letting stuff just sit, and I also wanted to test my pump after modding it to make sure it still worked properly.

If you make sure things are tight and don't power on the computer (only the pump) and place paper towels under everything that could leak (so you can catch them quicker and nothing getson your hardware) you'll be fine.
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post #6 of 25
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Barbs are 1/2. Think I'll just test from inside case. The 7/16 tubing is very tight (pun intended) so I should be fine. Maybe i'll extra-tighten the barbs just in-case, hah.
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post #7 of 25
You can over-tighten the barbs, especially if they don't have the o-ring catcher groove.
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post #8 of 25
over tightening can cause leaks too
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post #9 of 25
are you using compression fittings or clamps?
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post #10 of 25
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Okay, won't do that then. One other question, when it come's to mounting Tube Reservoirs vertically, the brackets/screws are supposed to be screwed through the case, right?
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