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I'm going to order the rasa rs240 kit from frozencpu (comes with the iandh killcoil). i'm also going to order 10' of 7/16" durelene from sidewinders to replace the crappy tubing the kit comes with. i'll order some worm clamps too. i know they're not necessary with 7/16" tubing + 1/2" barbs, but i know they are better than the plastic ones in the kit (and i like the look of them too).

I just have a few last questions:

Does the XSPC kits have an aluminun in it? If not, then I will not need an anti-corrosive along with the distilled water and a kill coil?

Is it still recommended to use a drop of soap in your loop to break the water's surface tension?

I know I should rinse all the loop parts (especially the rad) before installing them, but should I also take apart and clean/inspect the CPU block?

I know fan orientation depends on the rad/fans used. I believe high speed fans = push and low speed = pull? If so, what is 1700RPM considered (the stock fans)? I see most have them mounted in pull.

I know the kit doesn't come with an AMD backplate, but I can use my stock backplate? Will I need to drill threads in it?

And last thing, this may be a dumb question: if your PC would to be off for a while (e.g. you went on vaca for a week), would there be any problems, or would letting the water just sit there be fine?

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I'm going to order the rasa rs240 kit from frozencpu (comes with the iandh killcoil). i'm also going to order 10' of 7/16" durelene from sidewinders to replace the crappy tubing the kit comes with. i'll order some worm clamps too. i know they're not necessary with 7/16" tubing + 1/2" barbs, but i know they are better than the plastic ones in the kit (and i like the look of them too).
For wormdrives, don't try and use a screwdriver on them, I did for my first few builds and it's hell, use a (7mm I think) wrench socket on them, it's much easier.

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I just have a few last questions:

Does the XSPC kits have an aluminun in it? If not, then I will not need an anti-corrosive along with the distilled water and a kill coil?
No, very few manufacturers actually make stuff from alu because of the problems in it, all XSPC gear I know of is copper

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Is it still recommended to use a drop of soap in your loop to break the water's surface tension?
I wouldn't bother, it really isn't needed.

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I know I should rinse all the loop parts (especially the rad) before installing them, but should I also take apart and clean/inspect the CPU block?
You could take them apart, but I think you'll be fine just rinsing them through, I heavily rinse with tap water then just give it a once through with some distilled.

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I know fan orientation depends on the rad/fans used. I believe high speed fans = push and low speed = pull? If so, what is 1700RPM considered (the stock fans)? I see most have them mounted in pull.
Either way will work, if you're going to PWM them, prob best pull, if not push imo.

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I know the kit doesn't come with an AMD backplate, but I can use my stock backplate? Will I need to drill threads in it?
Unsure on this, sorry

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And last thing, this may be a dumb question: if your PC would to be off for a while (e.g. you went on vaca for a week), would there be any problems, or would letting the water just sit there be fine?

Thanks
It will be fine, nothing will grow in if unless you don't have a killcoil in there, and there shouldn't be anything in it that will cause sediments.
    
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Does the XSPC kits have an aluminun in it? If not, then I will not need an anti-corrosive along with the distilled water and a kill coil?
No, it dosn't. Just use distilled and a kill coil as you said.

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Is it still recommended to use a drop of soap in your loop to break the water's surface tension?
No, only when you've got excessive microbubbles, though it's recommended to find the source of the microbubbles and fix it rather than using surficants

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I know I should rinse all the loop parts (especially the rad) before installing them, but should I also take apart and clean/inspect the CPU block?
If you're comfortable with your ability to put it back together again, then I would, no reason not to. It's good to rinse with a 10:1 boiling water to vinegar ratio liquid. pour it in, shake it up a bunch, then rinse it out a few times with tap water, and then a few times with distilled. The water will likely come out blue-green, that's normal for the oxidized brass.

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I know fan orientation depends on the rad/fans used. I believe high speed fans = push and low speed = pull? If so, what is 1700RPM considered (the stock fans)? I see most have them mounted in pull.
I don't think it matters (or I haven't seen evidence that it matters) whether you do push or pull for high or low speed, so do what works on your setup best IMO

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I know the kit doesn't come with an AMD backplate, but I can use my stock backplate? Will I need to drill threads in it?
The kit should absolutely come with a backplate... or you need to order one for it with purchase. You can't drill threads in a motherboard, and don't want to drill threads in a backplate from another socket type. It's worth the $5-$10 extra if you've got to buy it.

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And last thing, this may be a dumb question: if your PC would to be off for a while (e.g. you went on vaca for a week), would there be any problems, or would letting the water just sit there be fine?
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Should be fine. I not only turn my computer off nightly, but also took it in the car during moving 500 miles, stopping for a weekend in Disney, then driving it home. Held up just fine, no problems with the water (I did rotate the reservoir so the water inlet was vertical the entire time since it was the only thing I was concerned with leaking.).
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thanks for the replies guys. +rep

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The kit should absolutely come with a backplate... or you need to order one for it with purchase. You can't drill threads in a motherboard, and don't want to drill threads in a backplate from another socket type. It's worth the $5-$10 extra if you've got to buy it.
Unfortunately, this kit doesn't come with an AMD backplate, only the mounting plate. You're supposed to just use the bolts and plastic washers with no backplate. The drilling I was referencing was this mod.

A lot of people say just use the stock one the mobo came with, but it looks as if it has to be threaded?
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To my knowledge, the backplates that come with motherboards are threaded.

You really do want to get a backplate, though, even if you have to buy it separately. These water blocks are pretty damn heavy.
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To my knowledge, the backplates that come with motherboards are threaded.

You really do want to get a backplate, though, even if you have to buy it separately. These water blocks are pretty damn heavy.

Surely not that heavy...


I mean they're pretty small, a hell of a lot smaller than the stock cooler for example, and that doesn't use a back plate.
    
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