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So, I'm about to put together my first water cooling loop. I just purchased the HAF 932 Advanced, and I wanted to mount the radiator to the top of the case and keep it all internal. However, I'm a bit concerned about filling the loop without just dumping water everywhere? I mean, obviously the reservoir won't be the highest point in the loop so I'm just not sure how to handle this.

Now, my reservoir is going to be a Frozen-Q T-Virus res. Should I just get everything lined up to where its going to be, lay the case down in a way that the face is down (making radiator vertical with bars at the highest point to get air out) and hold the reservoir in my hand rather than clipping into mounts That should allow me to keep the reservoir as the highest point if I do that.

Are there videos that show how to handle something like this? I see it in people's build pics all the time but I haven't found any that show HOW they got the loop filled like that.

Thanks in advance, can't wait to put my PC underwater
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if the reservoir is on the bottom you will need a fill port access situated at the highest point in the loop.
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So long as you have your res above and before your pump and you can get to your fill point it is pretty easy. You do not need access to any other point in your loop.

I am assuming that you have set things up so you can run the pump from the PSU without turning the system on. If not, you need to unplug everything from the PSU except the pump, then short the green and any black wire on the 24pin mobo connector with a bit of wire or a paper clip.

  • Fill the res, run the pump until there is only a little water left in the res. Stop the pump, refill the res. Repeat.
  • You should end up with a loop almost full of water. At that point, fill the res again and cap it. Run the pump and tilt your case around so that the air trapped in the components can escape. At no point allow your pump to run dry, this can break the pump in seconds.
  • Once you are convinced that all the air is out, top off the res to about 3/4 full then run the system for a while (usually overnight) to leak test. Place toilet roll under all the connection points to find leaks, even if it dries it will still be crinkled.

Edit: Video here

Edited by GingerJohn - 5/10/11 at 10:30pm
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post #4 of 16
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if the reservoir is on the bottom you will need a fill port access situated at the highest point in the loop.
If what you are saying is true, I won't be installing my loop for a bit... seeing as I don't have a way to integrate a fill that I know of (no in-line T or plug for said T).

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Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post
So long as you have your res above and before your pump and you can get to your fill point it is pretty easy. You do not need access to any other point in your loop.

I am assuming that you have set things up so you can run the pump from the PSU without turning the system on. If not, you need to unplug everything from the PSU except the pump, then short the green and any black wire on the 24pin mobo connector with a bit of wire or a paper clip.
  • Fill the res, run the pump until there is only a little water left in the res. Stop the pump, refill the res. Repeat.
  • You should end up with a loop almost full of water. At that point, fill the res again and cap it. Run the pump and tilt your case around so that the air trapped in the components can escape. At no point allow your pump to run dry, this can break the pump in seconds.
  • Once you are convinced that all the air is out, top off the res to about 3/4 full then run the system for a while (usually overnight) to leak test. Place toilet roll under all the connection points to find leaks, even if it dries it will still be crinkled.
So as long as my reservoir is above my pump it won't matter that the radiator is above both of them? That sounds like excellent news.
Edited by DaClownie - 5/10/11 at 10:28pm
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Have you leak tested it yet? You should get some practice filling it and testing it outside your rig before you do it inside. It's a very bad idea to just fill'er up and see what happens inside your rig... Especially if it is your first time.
    
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Have you leak tested it yet? You should get some practice filling it and testing it outside your rig before you do it inside. It's a very bad idea to just fill'er up and see what happens inside your rig... Especially if it is your first time.
Not necessarily true... If it gets all blowed up I get to buy new computer parts. Been needing a way to upgrade this E8400 for ages.

No, but seriously though, I've been all over this site reading about it for over a year, seen the pics of installations, and have 1/2" barbs, 3/8" tubing, and plenty of clamps to keep it all together. Other than maybe a TINY leak I should be able to get it all tight with little issue.

Also, if you've seen my Project: Overkill build log (rest in peace, deskie!) you'd see I like to jump in WAY over my head right off the rip.

I do appreciate your concern though, and I mean that sincerely.
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So as long as my reservoir is above my pump it won't matter that the radiator is above both of them? That sounds like excellent news.
Nope. A lot of people have their rad mounted in the top of their case and above the res, it does not cause problems. I added a video into my previous post, not sure how useful it will be though. You can find some more here.
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This is the video I thought was most useful my first time WC:

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I had a similar problem, i just filled the res to the top, tilted the case so that water got to the pump, then turned the pump on for like a second, and kept repeating
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post #10 of 16
Fill pump stop fill pump stop, simple as that
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